Author: Laura Coles

PRESS RELEASE: COVID-19 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

Attention all guests of Prairie Dog Brewing:

We would like to provide some information about how Prairie Dog is responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We have been closely monitoring the progression of the disease since December, and have been preparing for several weeks for its eventual presence in Alberta.

We take the health and welfare of our guests and staff extremely seriously, so although the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as “low” in Alberta and across Canada, any guest or staff member that shows signs of illness (coughing, sneezing, runny nose, etc.) will be asked to leave immediately.

At Prairie Dog Brewing, we’ve always maintained a very high standard of cleanliness and sanitation, but to be certain that we aren’t giving this virus any opportunities for transmission, we are taking several additional precautions.

Precautions we have already taken:

  • Validating that our high-temperature dishwashing machines are effective against coronaviruses.
  • Switching our multi-quat sanitizer to a chlorine-based disinfectant that is effective against COVID-19.
  • We’ve increased both the frequency and intensity of sanitizing/disinfection protocols for high-touch surfaces like payment terminals, menus, bathrooms, door knobs, and light switches.
  • We have brought in easy-to-sanitize on-table dispensers that minimize napkin exposure to potential airborne pathogens.
  • We have removed our board games and card games because we cannot thoroughly sanitize them.
  • We have added signage in all bathrooms regarding proper hand washing, and sent an all-staff bulletin with instructions to minimize the risk of transmission at our brewpub.
  • We are closely following Alberta Health Services and World Health Organization bulletins to ensure that we are taking appropriate precautions against disease transmission.

Precautions that will come into effect as of Friday, March 13th:

  • We will no longer be accepting cash (eww germs!) – please bring payment cards.
  • We will no longer be refilling customer growlers on the spot; instead:
    • We will exchange any Prairie Dog-branded growler that we find in suitable condition for one that we’ve already taken the time to thoroughly clean and sanitize, and will fill it with the beer of the customer’s choice at regular off-sale pricing.

Thank you for your support as we continue to monitor this extraordinary pandemic and make changes that support the health and safety of our team, guests and community. Please do what you can do to stay healthy!

For more information, please check out the resources assembled by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce at https://tinyurl.com/rjjsmjo.

  • Thank you from the team at Prairie Dog Brewing

Beers Around the Table

Our team enjoying beers during the “Hump Day” celebrations at Village.

About two years ago, while we were in the very beginning stages of planning the brewpub (including the planning of our move from California to Calgary), we were researching our “competition” in Calgary — many of whom are now good friends. During that research we happened upon Cold Garden Brewing’s blog. At that time they were at the stage we are in currently: building, waiting on equipment, figuring out finances and all the other fun that comes during start-up. In one post, she pauses to tell a story of meeting Jim Button of Village, socializing at the brewery and about how friendly the craft beer industry is. During the story she tells of how at the end of the evening, Jim dug around in their utility closet to pull out a red card table, giving it to the folks of Cold Garden.

Jim Button telling the story of the card table that was their first board room table.

And so the journey of the Beer Planning Table began, an object that has been gaining a reputation in the local brewing community. Village was a startup not so long ago and when they were just getting started one of the team brought in an old card table to act as their board room table. It seemed to have brought the brewery luck and good fortune and Jim wanted to pass that on to another startup — and that startup was Cold Garden. Once we heard this story we became even more excited to be a part of and nurture the craft beer community in Calgary.

Once Cold Garden opened and found some success they, with Village, decided to pass it along to a new startup, choosing Common Crown as the next recipient. We have become friends with the guys up at Common Crown and can’t say enough good things about them. A couple months ago we were at a cask event supporting some amazing local breweries when the fellas at Common Crown pulled us all aside with Jim Button to tell us they had discussed who would be the next recipient of the beloved beer planning table, and they had decided on us.

Village, Cold Garden, Common Crown and Prairie Dog Brewing in camaraderie.

A few of us may have jumped up in giddy happiness that these other breweries see us as worthy of the table, or maybe they think we could really use the luck and good fortune that tends to follow the table!

Gerad talking about our brewpub and accepting the table.

Village hosted us during their “hump day” on September 6th with folks from Cold Garden and Common Crown. Jim told the story of the table and Gerad spoke about our brewpub plans and who we are. He also took the responsibility of drawing our name on the table top. It is an incredible feeling to know that these other breweries have confidence in us and in our potential for success.

Gerad making our mark in the table.

Something we have learned over the past year and a half is just how wonderful the craft beer community is in Calgary (and everywhere really); the people who are supposed to be competitors collaborate with each other and contribute to each others’ success. When we set our sights on Calgary as the location for our brewpub we envisioned ourselves working closely with other local breweries to foster a community that wouldn’t view each other as competition. We had no idea at that time if people would be receptive, heck, we didn’t even know if there would be anybody to work with! But we are so happy to see that Calgary’s beer scene is growing faster than any of us imagined, and that breweries like Village are working to build a community just as we envisioned ourselves doing one day. We are honoured to be the next recipients of this table, which has brought so much luck to our friends at Village, Cold Garden, and Common Crown, and we hope that it brings us as much good fortune as it did them.

The object of beauty and fortune!

The team each signing our names to the beer planning table in its new home at our brewery.

Meet our Executive Chef!

Big news from Prairie Dog Brewing! We have mentioned in the past that we are working with a chef, but kept his identity under wraps, until now!

Meet our Executive Chef!

Executive Chef and Founder Jay Potter

We are excited to introduce Jay Potter, our Executive Chef and a founder of Prairie Dog Brewing. Jay has more than 20 years experience in the food industry. From humble beginnings as a general helper and dishwasher in a popular Italian bakery then a fast-food taco jockey, Jay got a feel for the industry throughout his teenage years. Never one to stray too far from a kitchen, Jay worked his way through College and University in popular chain restaurants. After completing his apprenticeship and Red Seal accreditation in Ontario, Jay moved to Calgary for a couple of years to work for some of the finest chefs that the West has to offer. Now after three years back in Ontario working for one of the world’s largest foodservice distribution companies, he is ready to bring his newfound expertise back into the kitchen.

As soon as we knew we were adding a full restaurant component to Prairie Dog, we reached out to Jay for advice. In return, Jay pitched more than just advice, he offered to come on board to the project in full capacity. Jay has been an important part of our team since the beginning, building preliminary beer-based menus, working on kitchen design and offering invaluable advice and suggestions every step of the way.

Jay will be moving West in the beginning of April to join our team full time. We couldn’t be more confident in his ability to be the foundation of our kitchen operations and are ready to get this brewpub open for you all to come visit!

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