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October Ale-berta: Snake Lake Brewing

In this monthly feature, we pick a different Alberta brewery that we carry in-store to highlight their incredible brews being made close to home!

Our October Ale-berta feature is Snake Lake Brewing Company, located in Sylvan Lake. They craft award-winning beers with quality ingredients, inspired by Sylvan Lake’s rich history of work and play. They make approachable beers for every taste, from juicy IPAs and hazy session ales to robust stouts and crisp lagers. In addition to their core beers, they keep things interesting with a frequently rotating lineup of seasonals, each crafted thoughtfully with enthusiasm for fresh ingredients and new styles.

Snake Lake Brewing started as the passion project of a rig hand, an instrumentation technician, and a mechanic. They left our jobs in the oil patch in 2017 to dedicate themselves to good beer, good friends, and good business. That fall, they turned Sylvan Lake's old Napa Auto Parts into the craft beer factory of their dreams and hired a talented brewer to keep the tanks full. They’ve been at it ever since!

Here are the beers we currently have in stock from Snake Lake Brewing.

Kinabik Pilsner

Early settlers knew Sylvan Lake as Snake Lake, taken from the Cree name “Kinabik.” Garter snakes would swarm around its shores, especially at Jarvis Bay. As the human population grew, the snakes gradually disappeared. In 1903, the town’s name was officially changed to Sylvan Lake. This pilsner is immensely quaffable, with a snappy noble hop character and crisp finish.

Harvest Vienna Lager

A bright and balanced Amber that is full of flavour, but easy drinking. Toasty, bready malt character and moderate bitterness that pairs perfectly with Oktoberfest festivities. Move over Summer, it’s time for the Harvest!

Drink Easy Lo-Cal SIPA

A refreshing NE Session IPA, dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic. Monk fruit lends this beer a light sweetness and small amount of body while keeping calorie and carb counts low. 3.9% ABV, 110 Calories and 7 Carbs per can.

Sidewinder IPA

In 1982, Gary Johnson and Dave Dubeta began construction on a million dollar waterslide project on Lakeshore Drive. Named through a competition, the Wild Rapids Waterslide opened with four main tower slides, three smaller slides for children, and a hot tub. Eventual additions included the infamous Sidewinder slide. This IPA has bold flavours of citrus, pine and over-ripe fruit balanced with a gentle bitterness and malt profile.

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