I appreciated Blindman’s straightforward approach to defining their brewing:
Blindman Brewing believes in:
- Creating innovative, quality, flavourful craft beer
- Using the best ingredients; using local ingredients
- Supporting the places we live in and the people that live there
Blindman’s Lemons and Limes Fruited Kettle Sour is one of my favourite beers; not just my favourite of local Alberta beers, but one of my all time favourites.
I was also very eager to try the Nelson River Collab: Herbed & Hopped Kettle Sour. It was a collaboration between Blindman, Nokomis Craft Ales in Saskatchewan and Barn Hammer Brewing in Winnipeg (who happen to make my favourite Manitoban beer, Grandpa’s Sweater Oatmeal Stout). This collaboration focused on using prairie flavours, so of course we were all over it:
Brewed in Lacombe by all 3 brewers it uses herbs native to our prairies—juniper and rose hips. Combined with the citrus and pine of the Chinook hops it offers a new dimension to a sour beer base. Named after the Nelson River—the waterway that every drop of rain or snowmelt from our 3 breweries back yards end up in—it was more than anything an excuse to hang out and brew good beer with good people.
This was a great beer! I grabbed a growler of this to take home to Nathan.
Blindman’s taproom is also really beautiful. I loved the architecture and feeling of the space created with using simple materials. They also have a really beautiful hop lightshade that I am envious of.
Just as we were leaving, a bus load of tourists poured into Blindman. Because Blindman is right next to Old Prairie Sentinel Distillery, and very near Cilantro and Chive, it makes a great little tour!
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