When it opened: 2018
The vibe: The interior has a warm-toned industrial design by Fort Architecture. The dog-friendly outdoor seating is semi-enclosed and gravel-floored. Overall, it’s a welcoming and laid-back environment.
Most popular beer: It’s a dead heat between the Okami Kasu Japanese ale, Pegasus American pale ale and Brass Monkey blood orange blonde.
Food: New for summer 2020, Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Company has welcomed A1 Burrito by Thank You Hospitality to its space. Meat and veggie offerings can be made into your choice of burrito or quesadilla, and there are also tortilla chips with guacamole or salsa, Jarritos sodas, doughnuts and a few convenience store-style snacks. Place your order at the A1 counter and you’ll get a buzzer letting you know when your order is ready.
Recent awards: Ol’ Beautiful took home gold in the Amber and Dark Lager category of this year’s Alberta Beer Awards for its Eternal Twilight dark lager.
Ol’ Beautiful began brewing and selling its beer in 2017 before opening a taproom in the former Smithbilt Hats building next to Cold Garden in 2018. Its beer is a mix of old school and new. The Pegasus American pale ale has enough citrus and floral notes to stand out from the average ale, while the Okami Kasu makes use of sake rice for a unique texture that doesn’t get in the way of classic lager flavours. Non-beer drinkers have options, too: the tart-and-dry Darlene cider is available by the glass or served as part of a cocktail, and there’s kombucha and Bubly sparkling water for anyone abstaining from alcohol.
The industrial space was designed with warm colours, clean lines and soft lighting by Fort Architecture, launching a fruitful streak of hospitality design for the firm. Collaboration has remained a theme for the brewery since: Sugar Water and Kinfolk Deejays bring in cocktail parties, the Okami Kasu Japanese ale was created with Shokunin and Thank You Hospitality recently set up its A1 Burrito counter in the space. Variety is key to what makes Ol’ Beautiful worth many a repeat visit. The space and beers are reliable backbones that make experimentation and collaboration exciting parts of stopping by.
1103 12 St. S.E., 403-453-2739, olbeautiful.com