Trolley 5 Restaurant & Brewery Opens June 27th

June 22, 2016

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Calgary, AB – Named after the historic streetcar that ran through Calgary's Beltline neighbourhood, Trolley 5 Restaurant & Brewery opens June 27th, 2016. From 1909 to 1950 the Trolley No. 5 car would carry working Calgarians to work and back home at the end of the day.

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Owners PJ L’Heureux and Ernie Tsu were born and raised in Calgary and have more than 50 years of combined industry experience. PJ began brewing beer at home in his parents' basement at the age of 17 and at the age of 16, Ernie lied about his age to become a bus boy at a local bar. Their love of beer has continued to grow and their dream to open a brewery has finally become a reality. Trolley 5 has taken over Melrose, one of the most iconic spots on 17th avenue. After a year of construction, this community brewpub is set to open and currently employs over 150 people.

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L’Heureux and Tsu are determined to stay true to their heritage and bring West coast flavours to their hometown. The new brewery laws have made way for Trolley 5 to brew and distribute right out of their location on the heart of 17th avenue. The restaurant and brewery includes a tap room where growlers, howlers and 6 packs are available to take home. You can take Trolley 5 beer to go or enjoy it with a view of 17th avenue from their top floor.

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“I’ve always said good beer brings people together. I have travelled the world trying beers and meeting the amazing people behind the beers. There is always a story behind the beer, and what it did for the community” says L’Heureux.

The Calgary craft beer community has really embraced Trolley 5. Tool Shed Brewing will always have a place on their taps, as they were instrumental in making Trolley 5 a reality. While they were waiting for the brewery to open, Tool Shed allowed them to use their system to perfect their recipes. Big Rock Brewery also allowed them to use their tanks to brew the First Crush White IPA. Collaborations with Last Best Brewing & Distilling and Dandy Brewing Co. have already occurred and Trolley 5 looks forward to partnering with all local craft breweries.

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Brewmaster Jeff Demaniuk also started working with beer before he was old enough to drink it. At the age of 12 he stamped best before dates on 6 pack cartons at Bow Valley Brewing Co. in Canmore. After receiving his Bachelor of Education from Edmonton, Jeff began his brewing career with Big Rock Brewing. He took a brief break to receive his Bachelor of Science and then moved to Victoria to work with Phillips Brewing Company as a Quality Control Technician. After four years, he returned to Calgary to work with Village Brewing as a Quality Controller/Brewer. While working at Village Jeff completed the Diploma in Brewing through the institute of Brewing and Distilling in the UK. Trolley 5 is excited to have Jeff bring his passion for west coast style beers to the Trolley 5 brews.

Demaniuk and the owners can't wait for Calgary to tast their beer. "I feel so fortunate to be able to share our beer with the community and start our own story," says L'Heureux.

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Their menu is inspired by global comfort food. That means everything from Tsu's grandparents' The Silver Dragon dim sum recipes to chef Troy Raugust's take on Southern BBQ. Tsu’s grandparents have owned The Silver Dragon for over 50 years and their passion and recipes were used as inspiration in creating the menu. Highlights from the menu include: St. Louis Ribs, Farmer's Choice Salad, The Original Ginger Beef, The Pig & Pineapple Thick Crust Pizza, and Alberta BBQ Brisket with Mac 'n' Cheese and Corn Bread on the side.

"My fondest memories growing up were always of family, friends or community gatherings of food: a BBQ, a pot luck, a holiday or reunion," says chef Troy Raugust. The chef hopes to be a part of creating those memories for the guests at Trolley 5.

Venue Features
• Brewery & Restaurant
• Private Dining Area
• Patio
• Tasting Room

Beer Features
Brewmaster: Jeff Demaniuk
• Opening with two Trolley 5 Beers – Derailed Pale Ale and First Crush White IPA
• Last Best & Trolley 5 Collaboration – Downtown Dunkelweizen
• Parallel 49 & Trolley 5 Collaboration – Cowboy Crusher Stampede Session Ale
• Will offer cocktails and wine as well

Menu Features
Executive Chef: Troy Raugust
• Global comfort food
• Selections from The Silver Dragon Dim Sum Menu
• Weekend brunch
• Gluten free, lactose free and vegetarian options

“Our goal at Tolley 5 is to continue to bring the community together through great food, beer and friendship. We are dedicated to our craft, and we can't wait to share it," say Tsu and L'Heureux.

Keep up to date on the opening of Trolley 5 Restaurant & Brewery by visiting them online at Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Trolley_5 or like them on Facebook /Trolley5.

All media inquiries please contact:
Bethany Graburn
Brand & Marketing Director
Trolley 5 Restaurant & Brewery

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