Bench Creek Brewing has been part of our Market Family since winter of 2017. AGLC recently allowed Farmers' Market to sell craft beer, and we are so excited to be able to offer their unique brews as part of our line-up. These brewers from Edison definitely aren't lacking in creativity and can hook you up with a variety of beers for your summer patio drinking needs. Find them at market this week and learn more about their business below...
Tell us a bit about yourself!
Bench Creek Brewing is a home-based microbrewery in Yellowhead County, AB 10km outside of Edson on the Yellowhead highway. the 5000 sq. ft. facility sits at the Apex of an acreage in the foothills of Northern Alberta. We have a 1000 sq. ft. patio that overlooks the forest in our backyard. Literally. There is a brewery and a forest in our backyard.
What is your business?
Bench Creek Brewing handcrafts award-winning ales, and now lagers that are unfiltered, unpasteurized, and uncompromised by cost saving measures that affect the quality of our beers. We do not filter or pasteurize because we feel those techniques strip the products of their character, and flavour. Everything that we do is for the beers we produce. They are made with intention, so that each beer you consume is no accident of fate, but designed to be a delightful trip for the senses.
How long have you been producing?
We have been producing our products for 2.5 years, and our products are now sold in 3 different provinces (MB, SK, AB)
Why did you decide to start your business?
We didn’t like the beers we were being served in the early 2010’s. With the AGLC rules governing the production limits in Alberta changing overnight in late 2013, it was enough of a push to build a 5000 sq. ft production facility, and starting making our beers they way we want them to be served, out of a brewery in our backyard. Again, Literally.
What makes you so passionate about local enterprise?
We feel that local breweries deserve the support of their consumers, but we also feel that businesses making the very best products in the province also deserve support. We may not be a calgary based brewery, but we’re passionate about what Alberta can produce, and casing that on the world stage. #supportlocal #SupportGood #DrinkLocal #drinkGood
Why did you choose Farmers' Markets to sell your products?
To tell our story. We may be growing larger, and available on more store shelves, but we have an oppurtunity to explain our vision and our past by hand selling each 4-pack to consumers. We feel we have a pretty engaging story, one that we can’t always tell, when you go to a liquor store.
What is your favourite thing about the HSCA Farmers' Market?
The people at the market, both sellers and buyers. At this market, the passion behind it from everyone in the community is palpable, and it’s contagious.
Tell us something exciting that is upcoming for you and your business!
We’re about to start creating some of the most challenging recipes that a brewer can make… LAGERS! look for Pilsners, Kolschs, and Ambers coming to HSCA Market SOON
Where else can customers find your products?
Liquor depot, Sobeys, COOP, Real Canadian Liquor Store, Willow Park, and most of the mom and pop shops around town! Best part about this industry is if you can’t find it, you can ask ANY liquor store to bring us on their shelves.