OUR STORY - WORTS AND ALL
About the BrewMaster
Ryan was just a city boy: born and raised in south Detroit. He took a midnight train going anywhere.
Ok. That isn’t true. And now you have that Journey song stuck in your head. So you have that going for you… which is nice. But for truth: Ryan is the heart and soul and nearly the entire staff complement of Battle River Brewery.
This scrappy young farm kid was born and raised in Central Alberta. Working in different jobs – his stint in “the patch”, as well as engineering positions in the airline, pipe manufacturing, and steel industries – Ryan always gave it 110%. But now he is giving that to beer. You're welcome.
And Ryan loves beer. Starting as a home brewer and discovering that he also loved making it… he loved refining it… and he also had a talent for it. Wanting to translate that into what he does full-time, Ryan set out to make beer that people appreciate... and buy repeatedly because he still has a mortgage to pay.
Past that, he just wants to remind you to DON'T STOP… BELIEVEEEEEEEING. (Admit it...you read that as though you WERE a part of Journey).
About Battle River Brewery
Beer is about the ingredients. All you need is malt, water, hops and yeast. Put them together in the right way and you have something fantastic. Simple. Pure. Good. Beer.
That is what BRB is all about: quality ingredients and an attention to detail. For the first - and arguably the key - ingredient, BRB didn't have to go far. Alberta has world-class barley. Seriously, Alberta barley farmers can go toe-to-toe, row-for-row with any barley growers worldwide! BRING IT ON FRANCE! Battle of the Barley! Loser has to leave town! No holds barred! Ok…deep breath…sorry…got carried away…where were we? Ah yes…quality ingredients.
It is no coincidence that Alberta’s craft beer industry is exploding. Dark or light. Raw or roasted. Alberta barley is the foundation that sets Alberta beer apart and BRB wouldn’t think of having it any other way. We love our Alberta barley like we hope you’ll love your BRB. Beyond the world-class barley, BRB ensures a crispness by using Alberta's water and the right mix of yeast and hops to bring it all together.
We recognize that there are a lot of ways to assemble these four ingredients and there is a lot of beer-geekery going on and others lovingly craft brews of all colours and flavours, while doing a fantastic job of explaining the floral notes, grapefruit peel, pine needle, banana, or black currant flavours and aromas in every one of them. But that isn’t what you’ll get from BRB. We aren’t in this to see if we can make our Hoppy McHopface triple extra strong IPA peel the taste buds clean off your tongue (although if we do make an IPA that strong, we are totally calling it Hoppy McHopface).
If we haven’t said it enough our aim is this: Good. Simple. Beer. The biggest compliment anyone can give BRB is a simple statement of, “What does BRB taste like? It tastes like I want a second BRB.”
Did you know: Beer is 90% water. The human body is 60% water. Therefore beer is 50% more awesome than even the best person you know. #science
Our Brewing Process
The brewing process is pretty simple. However, it also requires a lot of hard work, creativity and attention to detail. Selecting the right mix of malts, hops and yeast is as much an art as it is science. Lucky for you, BRB has this all figured out.
If you’re interested in our brewing process, you’re invited to stop by and visit the brewery. Or call to schedule a tour - we love showing our customers exactly what we do.
Lastly, enjoy our beer. Drink it from a glass or directly out of the can - we promise you won’t be disappointed.