MEET OUR FAMILY
OH HELLO, HI! WE’RE THE HEIER/KOZLOSKI FAM!
Our journey began around the family dinner table in 2011. As siblings, we knew we wanted to create a company in Cochrane that we could all be a part of, however; our egos clashed when it came to what that company would be. Ideas such as a bakery and cheese factory were put into the list of contenders (I mean, who doesn’t love cheese!) but it wasn’t until Kyle suggested microbrewery that all our interests were peaked. Fast forward through a few years of blood, sweat and tears and we were officially brewing beer and offering delicious bites in our very own microbrewery and restaurant called Half Hitch Brewing Company. With the left over grain from brewing beer, we created The Mash – our newest baby! We take our spent grain and turn it into uniquely flavourful pizza dough that pairs perfectly with Half Hitch pints. To stay true to our slogan: Brewed by Family, Shared with Friends… we aim to create a space where those who enter feel at home. Thank you for being a part of our community!
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HALF HITCH BREWS
BREWED BY FAMILY, SHARED WITH FRIENDS.
Half Hitch Brewing Company was one of the first breweries to come to market during the craft brew explosion in Alberta. When we started the concept in 2011, there were many restrictions that prohibited companies to enter in the market, and Alberta saw roughly 10 microbreweries within the province. Currently, there are over 150 breweries within Alberta! With so many mouthwateringly (is that a word?) delicious brews to choose from, what makes Half Hitch stand out?? The beauty of our line up is there is something for everyone! From our berryfilled Wildberry Prairie ale, our juicy, hop punch IPA called Western Haze Prairie IPA, to our warm and chocolatey Shotgun Wedding Brown Ale, we believe we have a beer for everyone. But the beer for The Mash? That is without a doubt our Papa Bear Prairie Ale. Why? Because it is with this grain that we make our dough! Papa Bear is a unique beer, truly. There is no other beer like it. How do I know? Because we helped create the category. Papa Bear is a “Canadian Cereal Ale” it features barley, wheat, rye and oats from Alberta and Saskatchewan, and is our take on what a Canadian ale should be. It’s low in hops, nice and malty and 5% alcohol.. because Canadians like to party. Give it a try, and if you don’t like it.. we’re sorry, eh.