Village Brewery founder Jim Button passes away

A celebrated community member remembered by peers

Photos via Facebook.

A sad week in the Alberta hospitality community, as well as the Canadian craft brewing scene, as Village Brewery founder Jim Button has passed away after battling an aggressive form of cancer since 2016.

Button penned a beautiful, emotive final blog post on his site He speaks to the love and support of his family, the community he built around him, and more.

"I died today. But I fucking lived fully each and every day. And that’s what counts," wrote Button in his powerful⁠—and at times, purposely humorous⁠—blog post.

Since opening Village Brewery in 2011, Button is noted as one of the key individuals who has helped grow the Calgary micro-brewery scene into what it is today. 

Jim Button remembered by his peers

Photo of Mandy Stobo and Jim Button via Mandy Stobo's Facebook page.

Hundreds have already taken to social media to share their love of the Village Brewery Founder. As well, the Calgary Herald published a lovely obiturary for Button with other local media outlets following in suit.