August 20, 2014 2:48 pm
Updated: August 20, 2014 8:58 pm

Founder of Big Rock Brewery passes away


CALGARY – The founder of a Calgary-based brewing company has passed away.

Lawyer and barley farmer Edward McNally launched the Big Rock Brewery in 1985.

The company is named after a multi-tonne quartzite glacial deposit, AKA the “Big Rock,” located outside of Okotoks, Alberta.

When the company launched, Ed was quoted as saying that his plan was to “make the beers that I want to drink, not what will be popular.”

The company’s first three beers were Bitter, Porter and Traditional, according to the Big Rock Brewery website.

“Ed leaves behind a legacy larger than life and we will forever be grateful, not only for this great company he created, but also for the lasting impression he has left on the lives of everyone who had the privilege to know him,” says Big Rock President and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Sartor.

McNally was an inductee of the Calgary Business Hall of Fame and recipient of the Order of Canada.


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