Breaking down barriers to create a craft beer revolution

Graham Sherman talks about the extraordinary measures Tool Shed Brewing took to change the Alberta beer landscape and the great future he sees for the industry

Breaking down barriers to create a craft beer revolutionGraham Sherman is co-founder of Tool Shed Brewing Co. Tell me about Tool Shed's history and how it started? Sherman: That’s a crazy story! In my former life, I used to be in the IT world working on satellite communication projects for government and military customers throughout Afghanistan. I lived there on and off from…

Calgary’s CRAFT Beer Market undergoing major renovation

A rooftop patio, with a capacity of 300 people, is anticipated to open in spring 2020. The renovation is expected to add over 100 jobs to the restaurant

Calgary’s CRAFT Beer Market undergoing major renovationThe popular CRAFT Beer Market in Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhood is temporarily closing as it embarks on a major renovation, including the addition of a rooftop patio. The company’s flagship location along 10th Avenue S.W. first opened in 2011. “From day one, CRAFT has been a Calgary-based concept,” said PJ L’Heureux, founder of CRAFT. “We wholeheartedly…

How craft breweries build communities

Jim Button of Village Brewery talks about how local breweries should keep their focus close to home to be successful

How craft breweries build communitiesJim Button is co-founder of Village Brewery. Calgary’s Business: What was the spark that made you start Village Brewery? Button: I remember working at Sears in the early 1980s and saying to my pal Scott that one day I was going to own a bar. At that time I was working dock pickup and customers and employees…

For beer fairness, end price controls and corporate welfare

If government believes it should discourage alcohol consumption, why does it subsidize the beer and wine industries?

For beer fairness, end price controls and corporate welfareWith much fanfare, the Ontario government has brought back “Buck-a-Beer” by lowering the government-mandated price floor on a bottle or can of beer (with alcohol volume below 5.6 per cent) from $1.25 to $1. Ontarians who don’t drink or who consume only more expensive alcoholic beverages won’t be much affected by this policy. But for…