SLAVE LAKE, AB – Alberta beer news blog The Daily Beer reports that residents of the northern Alberta town of Slave Lake will soon have a local brewery to call their own.
Dog Island Brewing is being established by longtime homebrewers Ben Fiddler and Chad Paulson, who decided to switch from being hobbyists to professionals when the downturn in the oil industry led to a reduction in the work they were doing on the local patch.
The duo are setting up shop in spare space at Grizzly Electrical, a Slave Lake business owned by Fiddler’s father. Construction has started in anticipation of a late summer arrival of a 20HL brewhouse from BC’s Specific Mechanical, which will be installed along with a 50 gallon pilot system the pair has been using for homebrewing.
Once open, the brewery will offer four core brands – Pits Wit, 9 Mile Session Ale, Dibs Berry, and 1965 Old Town Porter – as well as a series of rotating seasonals and one-off beers. The beers will initially be available in growlers and kegs, with a “crowler” system for 1 litre hand-filled cans and visits from a portable canning service being considered as well.