As Local As It Gets…for good reason

What we source locally:

Our Brew House: If you have never been to the brewery, we really encourage you to stop by for a pint and a look-around. Our system– our Mash Tun (and crane), Boil Kettle, Wert Chiller, and 4 Conical Fermenters were all built here in town by the talented welders over at Charlton & Hill. Our industrial hot-water tanks were sourced and installed by Simpsons Plumbing, and our Electrical tie in was completed by Neu-Lite Electric. 2 other tanks were sourced from the BC wine industry, and are also Canadian-made.

Our Ingredients: Malts used in our beer are malted by the Canada Malting Company in Calgary, and the grains are sourced from farmers in Alberta and Saskatchewan– the bread-basket region that grows the finest malting barley in the world! Specialty Malts will be sourced from local Craft Malters beginning as soon as possible– meaning that we can visit the fields where the barley is grown, the sheds where it is Malted, and can converse directly with the pros who know! Our Hops currently come from BC, but we look forward to production Hop Yards sprouting up in the Southern Alberta area!

Our People: Kris was born and raised in Coaldale, Olivier and Jenni grew up in Lethbridge, and Kelti–well she’s the odd woman out because she’s actually from BC (10 years ago…she has spent 1/3 of her life in Lethbridge). But while lots of other breweries are sourcing super-talented Brew Masters from other countries, we grow ours here at home. We train all of our staff on site, and are proud to pay everyone equally: from the part-timers to the CEO everyone gets the same hourly wage.

Our Business Supports Local Too: we are proudly pairing with a number of local organizations on an annual basis to help raise money in Fund-raising efforts for local charities and support other local businesses as well. True, our beer is carried in province-wide chains but the vast majority of folks we do business with are little-guys, just like us, who appreciate high-quality beers made from local ingredients right here in their back yard.

So to everyone who has supported us this past year, and who continue to support us, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are so fortunate to see Lethbridge, and Alberta, grow!

Allow us to properly introduce ourselves…

Founders Kelti Boissonneault (Left) and Kris Fischer (Right) on the 1 year anniversary of opening

Our apologies for the grainy cell-phone picture; as you can see we are bad at selfies. Who are we? We are Kelti and Kris, the founding owners of [Theoretically] Brewing Company– the first production brewery to open in Lethbridge since the Molson/Pilsner plant closed in 1991.

We have had the immense pleasure of meeting a lot of interesting people from around the province over the past year of business, so we think it is high time we properly introduced ourselves!

Kelti is a 2012 graduate of the University of Lethbridge. Over 5 years of University earned her a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with a particular focus in architectural history. While attending school, Kelti worked numerous jobs, the coolest of which was as Editor in Chief of the Meliorist Independent Student Newspaper from 2011-2013. She has worked many jobs in the last decade, until finally quitting her last job (as a lab technician at LensCrafters) to pursue her dream of running her own business. She is engaged to Matt Baird, and they look forward to their wedding in September of 2017.

Kris is also a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelors of Science and a Master of Chemistry in Organic Chemistry. In addition to his role of Brewmaster at the brewery, Kris works as a Chemistry Instructor at the University of Lethbridge. He is an avid home-brewer of both wine and beer, black smith, armourer, medieval combatant, glass blower, and all-around tinkerer. He is the mind behind some of the rather ingenious contraptions employed regularly at the brewery. He has been happily married to his wife, Elaine, for…a long time…

The Festive Season is Here!

We are so excited to be launching our first winter seasonal: the Geminid Gingerbread Porter! Watch for it on shelves December 1st!


Don’t forget to shop local! [Theoretically] Brewing Compaquiltingny is the proud home of many wonderful, locally-produced arts and crafts! Support local artisans and give a truly unique gift this holiday season! We have everything from table runners to stocking stuffers (and stockings!!), from sculptures to paintings to quirky magnets. Swing by and see what we have in store!

DEAL: From now until December 24th we will take 25% off your take-home beer purchase (bottles, 4-packs, cases, and growler fills!) when you purchase any locally-made item!


Book your Holiday Staff Party in the Tasting Room!
Our tasting room is ideal for small business/group parties for up to 20 people! Enjoy fresh locally made beer on tap! Bring in your own caterer/food or we will be happy to arrange one for you! Non-profit rates and Corporate Rates available! Call 403-715-5140 to inquire how to book! Filling up fast, but this room is available year-round!


 

Autumn is Upon Us

The weather has got that crisp feel to it: chilly mornings and evenings with warm pleasant afternoons. Autumn is here, and with it comes autumn beer!

We are excited to be bottling our experimental Pumpkin Ale this week. This beer was brewed with pumpkins grown at Broxburn right here in Lethbridge County. They were roasted by the excellent kitchen staff over at Mocha Cabana, then they were peeled, crushed, and added to the mash.

We encourage you to try all the amazing brews coming out of Alberta breweries this autumn. Support local and enjoy great beer.

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Alberta Beer Week is Upon Us!

Have you noticed that there are a lot of micro-breweries opening in Alberta lately?

It is certainly a growing trend! This magnificent province went from just 10 Micro-breweries in 2010 to over 40 in 2016 and there are more on the way! This rapidly-growing industry is not only a massive boon to the provincial economy, it has changed the way Albertans view local products, and has opened a lot of eyes to the impressive world of craft beer!

This week: September 23 – Oct 1, is Alberta Beer Week. This is the one week out of the year when we take more than a little pride in Alberta-brewed beers and really encourage people to get out of their comfort zone and try something different!

The Alberta Small Brewer’s Association (ASBA) supports and advocates for local breweries. We are proud to be a member of this great organization! ASBA teams up with local brewers, restaurant owners, and liquor store agents to market and support local beer made by local breweries. You should definitely check out their website: www.albertabrewers.ca to learn more about local breweries and responsible beer consumption.

So we have a challenge for you: this fine Alberta Beer Week. We want you to try as many locally-brewed beers as possible. Set aside your regular brand for these few days and explore your beer horizons. Then, you should definitely come and visit our place and tell us about your favorite beers!

Cheers!

Simple History: Alberta’s Prohibition

This Canada Day 2016, marks an important date in Albertan Brewing History: it is the 100th anniversary of the start of Prohibition in Alberta.

In 1915 and 1916 the government of the relatively-new province of Alberta held referendums to determine if Alberta should embrace prohibition. The movement to ban the creation and sale of Alcohol was chiefly led by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) who argued that alcohol was the main cause of domestic abuse and the breaking up of families in the early 20th century. The referendums to ban alcohol were passed, and the laws banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol came into effect on July 1st, 1916.

Prohibition would last eight years, finally coming to an end in 1924. Breweries in the province survived the 8 long years of prohibition by creating soft-drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages to be enjoyed. The Lethbridge Brewing Company, owned and operated by Fritz Sick, was one of the breweries to successfully survive the Prohibition period.

Also going on at this time: World War I was going on in Europe, Canada was under conscription, and most of the able-bodied men were off fighting in the war. When they would get back in 1918, alcohol would not be available to them.

Prohibition didn’t stop the production of alcohol in Alberta, it simply made it illegal. While it is true that incidents of domestic abuse dropped over this period, there was a distinct rise in boot-legging, the illegal manufacture/sale of beer and grain alcohols, and illegal drinking/gambling establishments called Speak-Easies started popping up.

Prohibition also gave rise to what is now the AGLC. Many police officers in southern Alberta refused to enforce prohibition, claiming instead it was the jurisdiction of Liquor Agency Inspectors to detect, deter, and stop the illegal manufacture and sale of alcohol.

Lethbridge folks were creative about the liquor they boot-legged. Barrels of vinegar were tapped on suspicion they contained beer only to reveal they did contain vinegar. The tin concealed inside the barrel, which didn’t flow through the tap port, however, contained whiskey. There are even stories of eggs that were drained and filled with spirits.

Another interesting fact: The 1916 prohibition was not the first prohibition in this region. In the 1880s another prohibition took place. Interestingly: three of Lethbridge’s breweries were opened during that prohibition. All we can really say to that is….That’s Lethbridge!

Tours and Tastings Now Available!

Welcome to [Theoretically] Brewing Company!

If you would like to take a look at the brewery and come in for a tasting please contact Kelti at 403-715-5140.

Tours and Tastings now available 2 – 6 Friday and 12-6 Saturday by appointment!

Cost: $10/person includes 30 minute tour and a tasting flight of 4 beers.

Academy of Zymurgy Members get in free!

Attention Festivals, Fund-Raisers, and Community Groups!

Have an on-going fund-raising project, festival, or are you a community group with an Event coming up? Thinking about a beer-garden to attract attendees?

We would love to help with all your beer needs! [Theoretically] Brewing is putting together a portable keg system that will allow us to bring beer to any location! We would be happy to provide beer for your event, cross-promote your event on our social media platforms, and even help you work out the paperwork to get the necessary license.


Community Groups and Fund-Raisers: Need a meeting space? Our tap-room is set up to handle up to 25 people and we would be happy to book you in for a nominal fee for Non-profit organizations and individual use.

For inquiries please contact Kelti at 403-715-5140 or through email theorybrew@gmail.com

For the Community, By the Community

When Kris and Kelti decided it was an opportune time to open a nano-brewery in Lethbridge, Alberta they sat down and had a really important conversation. It was a conversation about business ownership and community, and what those two concepts really mean to them.

Luckily, they discovered that they shared a vision.

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So what is the deal with business ownership and community? Well, it comes down to the desire to fully represent and support your community in everything the business does. So how do we go about achieving this? We partner with community organizations and help sponsor fundraising events. We open up our space to community groups looking for meeting areas, and anyone interested in learning about Craft Beer, the brewing process, and the industry. We grow relationships with companies and individuals advocating sustainable environmental practices, and constantly strive to improve our own business to make a positive impact on the world and environment around us.

What, as a business, do we want to achieve?

We want to support our community. We want to help promote local non-profit organizations focusing their energy on family values, the local economy, and the local environment. We support community initiatives that help make our world a greener place to live. We enjoy making a product that Lethbridge can be proud of. We are constantly looking to grow our local economy. We shop local, we carry local art, we are local; and we are so proud of it!

Lethbridge’s First Craft Brewery is Open!

Hello Lethbridge!

Welcome to [Theoretically] Brewing Company, Lethbridge’s first craft brewery!

We have the distinct honour of being the first producing craft-brewer in Lethbridge, Alberta. That’s so crazy! Lethbridge has this phenomenal history involving brewing. It started back in the late 1800s with Noel’s Brew House, and expanded in 1901 with the foundation of the Lethbridge Brewery (it went through several name iterations before it was sold to Molson in the 1950s). That brewing plant (sadly) closed in 1990 and the city has been without a brewery ever since.

Until now, that is. And lucky us, we get to say we brought brewing back.

Our company is small, with specialty beers that range the spectrum in flavour, colour, and ingredients to produce beer of the highest quality. We brew 500 litres of beer at a time, and can produce several thousand litres per month. And boy do we love brewing! It’s a process that is both challenging and invigorating, and the best part is: we get beer at the end!

Regular Off-Sales Hours will start January 8, 2016 and we will be open for sales:

Thursday – Saturday 2 pm – 6 pm

Stay tuned for important updates coming up in 2016 like the introduction of our bottle-return program and educational events for beer lovers and enthusiasts. Have a fantastic new year and remember: buy local, buy the best because, Lethbridge, you deserve it!

For more information and up-to-date info please follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theoreticallybrewing and on Twitter at @TheoryBrew