Tucked in the sprawling grasslands east of Calgary’s rolling foothills and estuaries, is the ambitious profile of Township 24 Brewery. Built on a foundation of Agricultural love for budding things, and the precision of Automation, Township 24 makes use of the talents and education of its founders Mike Gron and Matt Seib. With an emphasis on brewing with locally sourced ingredients, Township 24’s
Like a lot of the rural breweries around the province, they’ve become a bit of a hub for the community and point of pride for locals. Township 24 tries to pay tribute to the local agricultural community, and that’s reflected in their recipes, the story they tell and even their logo.
Township 24: We are putting local on the map one beer at a time.
10 Questions for Township 24
1) What made you decide to become a brewer/distiller/business owner?
I grew up on a farm near Strathmore and thought I might want to get back into something ag related, so brewing is a perfect crossover business. We’re not farmers but we do get to support the Alberta Ag industry.
2) Tell us about your brewery/distillery/business journey – where did you get the idea to start a brewery/distillery/business and where has the journey taken you?
We wanted to find a spot outside of the city so we could build our own little craft beer community. Chestermere has been the perfect spot. It’s a young, growing community and they’ve really embraced us.
3) Favorite past time or hobby and why?
Friday at 3:00 is shinny time. It’s better than seeing a therapist.
4) Lesson from, or experience with, an early mentor – how did that shape you?
The first person in the business I met was Jordan Ramey from Old’s College. He was a huge factor in helping us get the door open and has been an important resource ever since.
5) Strangest moment you have experienced during this journey?
So it turns out that if you accidently put Belgian ale yeast into our black lager it makes a pretty fine Belgian Black ale.
6) Favorite travel experience and what did you learn? OR Place you want to travel to and why…
I bartended in England and Ireland for a few years after university. It turns out people are basically the same everywhere, they just want a cold beer and some good conversation.
7) What’s unique about your beer/spirit? How does it stand out from the crowd?
We try to focus on making a solid, approachable beer that appeal to a fairly wide audience. We like to think our beers are for sharing with friends, new and old. That said, we do a few beers that are not overly common in Alberta, including a Kolsch and a shwartzbier.
8) Strangest ingredient you have ever used to make a beer/spirit – or strangest ingredient you ever would use to make a beer/spirit – explain.
We did a blueberry/basil ale. It was based on a gelato that our brewer Curtis found last – summer. It was weird and surprisingly popular.
9) What is the vibe of your brewery/distillery? How do people feel when they are in there?
The vibe is very relaxed and if you sit at the bar somebody is going to talk beer or playoffs with you. We have a lot of founders club members who know more about the brewery than I do and they will tell you all about it.
10) Anything you wanted to mention about your brewery/distillery that we haven’t asked about?
We love having visitors and the taproom is a great place to chat with fellow beer fans and its only 5 minutes from Stoney Trail. See you soon.
Check their booth at out one of our upcoming events and look out for their on-tap selection, featuring Meridian Black Lager – and if you’re feeling adventurous, ask about their kolsch, schwartzbier, or blueberry ale.
Alberta Beer Festival events:
Calgary International Beerfest first weekend of May
Edmonton Craft Beer Festival first weekend in June
Calgary and Edmonton Mashings – September, TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Banff Craft Beer Festival – last weekend in November
Jasper Beer & Spirit Camp – first weekend in February