VISIT: Coulee Brew Co. Opens

VISIT: Coulee Brew Co. Opens

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More awesome news from the deep south of the province; Coulee Brew Co opens the doors to its Lethbridge brewery, restaurant and taproom today.

While not the perfect opening – they aren’t yet in a position to sell their own beer in the taproom – the soft opening of the $10 million development is a huge day for Lethbridge, and the Alberta beer landscape.

Coulee Brew Co will employ 60 people and brings a large-scale brewery back to the city – its first in 25 years (although Brewsters did have a presence there temporarily from 1998 to 2000). That’s a big deal. It joins nanobrewery Theoretically Brewing Co, which opened for tours, tastings and bottles sales in Lethbridge last month.  

The Daily Beer has reached out to Coulee Brew to chat about what the next year will bring for the brewery and will profile it in more depth soon. Managing Director Scott Crighton told the Lethbridge Herald this week that the brewery will aim to produce 500,000 litres of beer during its first year, growing as much as five times that in as many years.

Initial offerings will see a traditional pilsner, a kolsch, a red ale and an IPA. They’re striving to be a true “local” brewery, with names that will reflect nearby landmarks, such as Head-Smashed-In Red Ale and Hoodoo Hopped IPA. Go have a look at the photos on their Facebook page – the new facility looks incredible!

Coulee Brew is the new name for Wild Craft Brewery; the Lethbridge-based brewery has until now been contracting its brewing to a BC brewery and has produced an amber ale, a pilsner and a hoppier pale ale.

They have hired Badger Colish – how cool a name is that for a brewer? – to be their brewmaster. He was most recently at Canal Park Brewing in Duluth, Minnesota (any fan of the TV series Fargo will recognize that name).

The brewery will be open today from 4pm until midnight, and will be serving a range of Alberta beers. Our advice? Get down there, scope out your favourite seat and try some delicious beer from around Alberta – by the time Coulee’s beer is flowing, you’ll be a local!