Today marks the launch of Temperance Brewing Co-op growler fills! Our friends at Paddock Wood have kindly lent us a tap and are pouring growlers for members and non-members alike. TBC members can get a fill for just $12, and non-members can get one for the still-very-reasonable price of $15. Go pay Paddock Wood a visit and take home some of our West Coast IPA to share with family and friends. Click here to check out the tap map for directions.
Public Launch Party
We're extremely pleased to announce that this Friday, September 30th, we'll be launching Temperance Brewing Co-op's very first beer to the public. We rolled out the beer at a members-only launch party a couple of weeks ago and everyone was very excited about how the beer came out. Paddock Wood did a fantastic job with our recipe, and we can't wait to share it with everyone.
About The Beer
The beer came out slightly differently than planned. Since this is the first time the recipe has been brewed on a large scale like this, it's not altogether surprising. Long story short, we ended up with a beer that's closer to an IPA than a West Coast Pale Ale. The two styles are extremely similar, so we're not far off. This first batch was just a little more intense than anticipated. Next time we brew the recipe we'll be able to adjust and get on-point with style. It's all part of the process.
Some words on the beer itself: It's exactly as hoppy as you would expect a West Coast IPA to be, bringing together ample measures of Centennial and Cascade hops that impart a pleasant, citrusy bitterness to your palate. What sets this beer apart from other IPAs is the malt profile. This thing has malts for days. The caramel and molasses flavours form a formidable backbone that cannot be ignored. Our West Coast IPA is a beautifully balanced yet assertive beer that will satisfy all who demand beer with a robust character
Our Next Brew
We had so much fun putting together this first brew, we decided we'd do it again. We've opened it up to our membership to vote on what our next beer is going to be. They'll be choosing between a Brown Ale, a Blonde Ale, an Irish Red Ale, and a Stout. The poll will stay open for a couple of weeks, so stay tuned for out outcome of the vote. Remember, if you're not a member but want to get involved, you can head over to the membership page, sign up, and get involved in our growing co-op!
Members can click here to cast their vote. Polls close on Friday, October 14th, 2016.
That's all for now, we hope to see you all at the public launch party this Friday at Winston's Pub! Members of the board will be there starting around 6pm.
The TBC Board
After an incredibly close vote that required votes to be counted, recounted, and counted again, we're very pleased to announce that the very first Temperance Brewing Co-op beer will be a West Coast Pale Ale!
If you didn't vote for the West Coast Pale Ale, don't despair. There will be more opportunities in the coming months to make your voice heard, and the TBC Board is committed to making a variety of different beers available to make sure there's something for everyone.
A huge thank you to the membership for voting and to Paddock Wood for partnering up with us on this adventure. Good things are on the horizon for the Co-op, and we're happy to be in this together with all of you.
Cheers for now,
The TBC Board
It's been a long time coming, and we're very happy to announce that we'll be brewing the very first Temperance Brewing Co-operative beer this summer!
Saskatoon's very own Paddock Wood has agreed to team up with us on the project and we couldn't be happier. Working with Paddock Wood means working with a partner that has a ton of knowledge and experience brewing beer, and a reputation for putting out great products on the regular. We're very excited to be working with them on our first brew.
Now that we've got a partner on board, we need your help. We're asking our membership to decide what our first beer will be. We'll be deciding from four different styles: Blonde Ale, Brown Ale, Wheat Ale, and West Coast Pale Ale. Eventually we'll get to brewing all of these and other styles of beer, but we need to know what the membership wants to see first.
Already a Member?
Click here to cast your vote. The poll will stay open for two weeks to make sure everyone has the opportunity to have their say. On Monday, June 13th the poll will close, and shortly after that we'll announce the results.
Not a Member Yet?
Only card-carrying Temperance Brewing Co-op members get to vote on what we brew. The good news is, everyone is welcome to join the co-op and have a say! Visit our Membership Page today to learn more about what you get as a TBC member and to purchase your membership. All new members who sign up and vote prior to June 13th when the poll closes will have their voices heard.
Cheers for now,
The TBC Board
It's been a little while since our last update so we thought it would be prudent to loop everyone in on what's been happening. Below you will find an update on what's been going on with the co-op and where we plan to go over the coming months. Read on and be thrilled!
Contract Brew Ahead!
If you're anything like us, you're getting antsy waiting for this brewing co-op to brew a freakin' beer, already! The fact of the matter is we know this is what the membership wants. At our last member meet-up we conducted a survey asking what everyone's thoughts were on what TBC's short-term priorities should be. The overwhelming response we got was that a contract brew needs to happen. There was some interest in putting together a home-brew competition and in simply saving our pennies, but in general the people want to see beer.
We're very happy to report that Temperance Brewing Co-operative is now in a financial position where a contract brew is possible. Given that the money is now available and that the membership has spoken on what our priorities need to be, it is our intention to brew and launch TBC's inaugural beer in the near future.
The Board has been hard at work reaching out to potential partners and hammering out the logistics of turning barley into booze for you all to fill your glasses with. As the details get firmed up we will be passing them along to all of you. We'll also be looking for input from the membership in making some decisions about the brew, so stay tuned for that!
As we all know, the worst thing about beer is that it runs out. A savvy person like yourself, recognizing this unfortunate characteristic of our beloved beverage, might be led to ask an important question: "What happens when the first batch of TBC beer is gone?" We're glad you asked! We mentioned above that we're in the process of securing a partner to help us brew the first TBC beer. It is our intention, once that partner is in place, to brew a number of beers over the coming year. Our priority is to make sure that once the beer starts flowing, it doesn't stop.
To help make sure we're able to consistently produce beer for you to enjoy, the Board is currently in the process of developing a short-to-medium term strategic plan. This plan will solidify a strategy that will enable us to sustain production of beer through contract brewing for the foreseeable future and, ideally, turn a profit that we can put toward our own brew pub.
There you have it - progress and intrigue! A big thanks from your Board for sticking with us as we work toward our first brew. We hope you're as excited as we are and that you'll stay tuned and get involved when the time comes.
Cheers for now,
The TBC Board