When it comes to suds, the folks at Ribstone Creek Brewery don’t take any shortcuts. The pride and passion they put into producing their craft beers is paying off, as in their three years of operation they have won four awards, the most recent of which saw them off with two silver medals at the 2015 Alberta Beer Festival in Calgary.
Ribstone received second place in the Porter category for their Old Man Winter brand and another silver in the U.K. Ales for their Rangeland Ale.
“We just try and create the most interesting and well-made beers that we can and luckily it’s kind of shown with these awards that we’re able to do that,” said Aaron Hogarth, head brewer at Ribstone Creek Brewery.
Last year at the ABF awards, Ribstone took the gold for their lager and in 2012 won the silver in the same category, showing that new smaller brewers can still hold their own if they put the time and effort into creating a good brew.
Ribstone was created about three years ago when the four founders decided they wanted to give something back to their hometown of Edgerton. By the end of December 2012 they had come up with their flagship lager and when Hogarth came aboard in April of 2013, they started increasing their varieties.
“We have the four beers at this point and we have a fifth coming out in June. It’s going to be Great White Combine and that’ll be a white IPA, so wheat beer with some American hops and a nice light citrusy flavour for the summer,” said Hogarth. “In the context of breweries, Ribstone is kind of a start-up. We don’t produce a huge amount of volume, but we are seeing some good sales growth year to year and we’re just going to continue to expand.”
The timing seems good for Ribstone as Hogarth says, craft beer is “exploding” across the Prairies. He says just a couple years ago there were only about 10 breweries in Alberta and now there are 15 more in the planning stages, which are expected to be operational in the next year or two.
Liquor outlets have also started carrying larger quantities of craft beers with some having upwards of a thousand brands to choose from, according to Hogarth.
He says the future looks great for Ribstone with all of this growth and sees his brewery growing “by leaps and bounds” over the next couple of years.
“It’s only going to mean great things for Edgerton and the local beer community.”
For anyone looking to try out some of Ribstone’s beers they can be found in most liquor outlets in Lloydminster, Vermilion and Wainwright and are served at Harvest to Home, Original Joe’s and the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre.