KING OF CRAFT: BRIAN SMITH
Brian Smith has two degrees from the University of Calgary, but more importantly, he knows great beer thanks to crafting thousands of batches for Wild Rose Brewery and other independent brewers. He currently leads the brewing operations at Wild Rose, which started brewing its craft beer in Calgary in 1996. As the popularity of craft beer continues to grow, so does Wild Rose, but they continue to brew in small batches with a huge focus on the quality of ingredients (which includes malt barley and some wheat that may have been grown by you) that goes into every batch. Their beers are supplied exclusively to Alberta, so consider yourself lucky to live here.