There are pancake breakfasts and community barbecues galore during Sam Steele Days, but the event is also a good excuse to knock back a couple cold ones while taking in all the events throughout the community.
As Sam Steele Days approaches, the Fisher Peak Brewing Company has created Sam’s Ale, a light beer to mark the annual celebration of the historical lawman.
The batch, brewed by Jordon Aasland inside The Heidout Restaurant and Brewhouse, is 1,000 litres and is not expected to last much longer following the Sam Steele Days weekend.
“It’s a nice, easy, light-drinking beer,” said Aasland. “It’s brewed with some light caramelized malt, so that gives it a bit of a nutty flavour. There’s some Canadian white-roasted wheat in there, that gives it a creamy finish.”
Aasland adds that Sam’s Ale doesn’t have a lot of hops and isn’t a bitter beer.
It’s a switch up from last year’s Sam Steele-themed beer, which was a honey lager, however, Aasland only had a two-month window this year to get Sam’s Ale brewed.
“Last year was a lager, this is an ale,” Aasland said. “A lager takes a lot longer to condition. They only told me they needed a beer two months before they needed it, so a lager was a bit out of the question.
“I wanted something with a little flavour to it, I didn’t want to make a really light beer, I wanted something with a little unique flavour to it.”
It’s not the first specialty beer that Aasland has made; he’s been the creative mind behind other one-time suds such as a ginger beer and the Avalanche ale.
Sam Steele Days will be happening this weekend, with all sorts of events going on throughout the community.