Not even a year old yet, and Troubled Monk has reached a significant milestone in the world of beer. The micro brewer has walked away with second place in American-style brown ale at the World Beer Cup.
To give you a sense of how impressive this is, The World Beer Cup sees 6,596 beers from 1,907 breweries in 55 countries entered in the competition. This is practically the “Olympics of Beer” and to have a brand new brewery from Alberta walk away with a silver medal is a HUGE deal.
Troubled Monk was founded in June of 2015 by Charlie Bredo and his brothers. The name is a whimsical reference to the long forgotten passion of a young brewer who joyfully crafted excellent beers through the alchemy of fermentation. Turns out, these boys have a lot to be joyful about.
The silver medal winning brown ale is their Open Road American Brown Ale, at 5.5% ABV this brown ale uses local Alberta malt for a balanced profile pairing caramel, molasses and hops.
Other notable winners from Canada included 33 Acres who won silver for their 33 Acres of Euphoria, a Belgian style tripel; Powell Street won bronze for the Old Jalopy Pale Ale in the ESB category; Glutenberg won gold and silver in the gluten free category; Microbrasserie Le Trou Du Diable from Shawinigan won silver in French and Belgian Saison and bronze in Belgian style dark strong ale; and Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton won bronze in the Robust Porter category.
If you didn’t get a chance to try Troubled Monk at the Calgary Beer Festival, where we listed their cask Pesky Pig as one of our top beer, they will be pouring at the Edmonton Festival as well. It’s certainly worth searching them out!