Brewmaster Jordan Aasland showed us around the brewery. Fisher Peak brewery is located in The Heidout and Brewhouse in downtown Cranbrook. Jordan told us that one of the benefits of the location is that you can see guests enjoying your creations first hand. As I walked through the brewery, filled with bags of hops and stainless-steel vats, the aromas filling the air are the stuff of a beer lover’s dream.
“I like to tell people that making a good beer is like making a really good soup,"" Jordan said. "You know the kind that is made from scratch with the freshest of ingredients that you spend all day simmering, tasting and adding to until you have a well-balanced broth. One that puts a smile on your face, warms your soul and that you can't wait to share with your family and friends.”
We watched Jordan as he blended the hops for his next brew, carefully weighing and mixing the ingredients. We even got to see a special very small beer batch he was fermenting in oak bourbon casks that he received from a local distiller. The smells were rich and intoxicating. Anyone who gets to drink the finished product will be in for a treat.
I left Cranbrook with a whole new appreciation of this crafty and passionate city and its surroundings, wondering why I hadn’t gotten to know it a lot sooner.