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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 09:38

Saskatchewan Craft Brewers pull efforts together to produce pale ale

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The Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association met in Swift Current to hold talks and brew a special commemorative ale. The Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association met in Swift Current to hold talks and brew a special commemorative ale. Contributed

When one goes into business, the general rule of thumb is that anyone who is in the same business is generally considered competition.


This can be true, but members of the Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association (SCBA) have a slightly different attitude. In fact, they are generally pulling for each other to succeed — so much so on April 21, they are releasing a collaborative effort called SCBA Multigrain Pale Ale. It will be available at Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) outlets as well as the the SCBA member outlets later this month.
Saskatchewan Craft Brewers formed in March 2016 according to its president Kari Stenson. Stenson, who is co-owner of Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewery along with husband Clayton, says the idea of the collaborative ale started last year.
They had done most of the legwork last year and managed to get 12 brewers to make the trek to Black Bridge’s facilities in Swift Current where they produced the ale. There are a total of 13 member breweries in the association.
Members were given a deadline for recipe ideas which were submitted and from there the members voted. Kari says the entire process took a couple of months.
“It’s a lot of work for me and Clayton to fit into (our routine schedule),” says Stenson who was happy with the response of the members. “It just shows how supportive the industry is — we are proud of what we do.”
Stenson says the SCBA Multigrain Pale Ale is in limited release and she doubts once they sell out they will try to re-brew unless of course it sells quickly.
“A portion of the sales are going back to the  association for (SCBA) initiatives,” she adds.
Stenson points out getting the group together is difficult as it’s a high-intensity and time-consuming process.
To get everyone together in Swift Current to help produce this brew was definitely a treat.
“The collaboration is also an excuse to get everyone in the same room,” she adds with a laugh.
According to a press release, the formation of the Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association, “was a natural progression born of the need for the small brewers scattered across the province to connect and share great brewing stories and well as their daunting concerns.
“More importantly, the Association provides small craft brewers a united voice to work with government, foster awareness of the cultural, community and economic benefits of locally-crafted beer, promote and practice ethical and legal trade practices and support prospective start-up craft breweries.”

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