It all started when...
A girl went to Dallas to train for a job.
Well some could argue it started long before that! The founder of High Key Brewing Co., Madeline Conn, was raised in Saskatoon and over the course of her university career and world travels built an appreciation and love for the growing city of Saskatoon. While training for a job in Dallas she was immediately drawn to the culture of the craft beer industry; it spoke to everything she valued. Community, creativity, collaboration, and damn good beer!
Her dream quickly started looking like a reality, when through family she met the very talented brewer, Daniel Rommens. He too had passions of his own to become a brewmaster in Saskatoon, producing his recipes on a commercial scale. Daniel had been drawn to craft brewing and began experimenting with small home-brew batches while attending university in California. He soon realized that he wanted to make this hobby a full-time career and moved back to his home-town of Saskatoon to pursue his dream.
Together, they hope to share their passion and love for craft beer with those who call Saskatchewan home.
Meet the beers
Johnny Kolsch - A Kolsch style Ale
ABV: 5.4% // IBU: 18 // Hops: Hallertau and Spalt
Brewed to the traditional standards of Cologne, Germany, this beer has a crisp, clean flavour. A small addition of Canadian wheat adds a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The German noble hops Hallertau and Spalt add a light spicy, grassy character while also providing a pleasant aroma for the nose. Using an Ale yeast strain originating from Cologne, we fermented this beer under Lager-style conditions to achieve the perfect balance of flavors required for this hybrid style beer, including subtle notes of fruit and grainy-sweet malt. You'll be ordering round two quicker than you think!
White off the Hop - White IPA
ABV: 6% // IBU: 45 // Hops: Cascade, Citra, Simcoe, Centennial and Vic Secret
A spin on the traditional IPA style, our white IPA utilizes Belgian base malts, along with traditional Belgian spices, Coriander, and Orange Peel. Complexity and colour are added when we throw in our Cara-Hell malt, and true Belgian flavour is achieved through the use of a traditional Belgian Wit Yeast strain. In the other half of the equation, we use four different hops during the boil: Cascade, Citra, Centennial and Simcoe. After fermentation, we dry-hop with Vic Secret. This unique five hopped process creates a wonderful citrusy, bitter, aromatic hop characteristic the blends beautifully with the Belgian-base beer!
JOlly Roger Ale - Irish Red Ale
ABV: 6.6% // IBU: 33 // Hops: fuggle and willamette
Maris Otter malt makes up the bulk of this recipe to provide a rich, biscuit-like flavour to the brew. A delicate balance of Crystal and Chocolate Rye malts are used to achieve a beautiful red colour while adding flavour notes of caramel and chocolate. Fuggle and Willamette hops add mild spicy and earthy characteristics. Dark-roast American Oak chips are added to the end of the boil and allowed to stay in the beer during fermentation, creating a unique barrel-aged flavor – a technique you won’t find in most beers. We use a traditional Irish-Ale yeast strain to complement the malts and adds a nutty flavor to the beer. Lastly, we add Jamaican Dark Rum during conditioning to recreate the flavor of an Irish Red Ale aged in Caribbean Oak Rum Barrels, a unique spin on an Irish Red ale that’s like no other!
ABV: 6.0% // IBU: 85 // Hops: Vic Secret
This west coast style IPA was brewed with locally grown Maker’s Malt two-row barley and features the fruity Vic Secret hop. To elevate the hop in this beer we added it four times during the boil and once as a dry-hop; this heightens the floral aroma and exotic hop character. We then infused the beer with hibiscus and rose-hips creating a brew with a rich pink colour and lemony-tart, berry-rich flavour notes.
POMEGRANATE PALE ALE
ABV: 5.5% // IBU: 35 // Hops: El DORADO and AZZACA
Our Pomegranate Pale Ale uses locally grown two-row barley, malted in Rosthern Saskatchewan by Maker's Malt. We used El Dorado and Azzaca hops to create an exotic fruit medley. After fermenting with American Ale yeast, we infused the beer with pomegranate and rose-hips to create a refreshing tropical beer with a huge punch of pomegranate and a crisp hop finish.
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