Taste the difference! Craft beer craze exploding in Abbotsford

Is discovering and enjoying new craft beers an experience you look forward to?

If so, you’ll know the industry is taking off in Abbotsford, with local brewers doing their best to come up with beers that appeal to wide variety of tastes.

Over at Old Abbey Ales, they’ve been offering beers made with B.C. malts and local hops and berries since 2015, and they continue to expand their product line and diversity, says general manager Brenda Ruck.

“We’re proud of the fact that our beers support our local economy, with ingredients that are pure and right out of our farmers’ fields. Nothing in our beers is artificial,” she says. “We have many types of beers for every type of taste.”

You’ve got options, from ales to sours

Whether you’re partial to darker beers, prefer a hoppy IPA, like a lighter brew or maybe even something with fruits or vegetables, you’ll find it here:

  • Seven core beers: These mainstays cover all of those characteristics and more, from the double IPA of Dank Tank or the coffee/chocolate-noted Scottish Monk to the easy-drinking Blonde Ale. All of these beers are available to purchase in store to take home with you.
  • Seasonal specialties: With names like La Vida Mocha, Sippy Chai Aye!, Mooos Like Jagger, Nitro Beer and the ever-popular Beets by Steve – named for brewmaster Steve Black – new and developing brews add a whole new element of flavours and styles to the mix.
  • Try a taster: At any given time when you stop by the tasting room on Fraser Highway near Mount Lehman Road, you’ll find upwards of 25 beers on tap, available by the glass, in a tasting flight or available to fill your growlers or our kegs. While you’re there, relax with a game of pool or foosball!
  • Craft sodas made in-house: There’s even non-alcoholic drinks available made with fresh ingredients, such as their own Valley Dew soda or Blackberry Limeade and now, cold Nitro Coffee on tap.

You’re helping get the word out

The demand for Old Abbey beers has meant they’re becoming more available in local pubs and restaurants, Brenda says. And if you’re having a special event or are looking to add to your restaurant’s beverage lineup, she adds, Old Abbey has you covered.

Voted your Favourite Craft Brewery in the 2018 Abbotsford News A-List, Old Abbey Ales also gets involved in community fundraisers, such as selling branded taster glasses to help the Abbotsford Cancer Centre, and using a digital dartboard in the tasting lounge to raise money for other causes.

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You’ll find Old Abbey Ales at various other events around B.C. this year. You can keep track of what’s up by following them on Facebook, on Instagram or on Twitter.

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