Building Mechanical Design


Edmonton, AB




The Monolith, ran by beer-passionate moguls Blind Enthusiasm, is a brewery and barrel house. Hand-in-hand with it's neighbour brewery Ritchie Market and Ritchie's restaurant Beira, it endeavours to create barrel-aged sour beers that can compete with the finest of wines.

Group2 Architecture took BE's vision and created a 3-storey industrial building, with pre-cast insulated concrete panels and large embossed logos on the exterior. Inside, four large barrel rooms, a lab for brewing development, a grain milling area, offices, a coolship vessel, and beer tasting taproom make this monolith one of a kind.

Clark Engineering was retained for the project in 2016. A full fire-suppression system, city service connections, and specialised ventilation for barrel rooms sensitive to temperature and humidity changes were among the design criteria for this building as it's concept came to life from the ground up.

Special design considerations were taken into account as a brewing development laboratory was added into the scope, as well as a coolship vessel (specific to the production of sour beer).


  • Mechanical room rejected heat utilisation
  • Coolship ventilation control
  • Air curtains at entrances to barrel rooms
  • Compressed air, CO, filtered water and hot water connections at designated locations
  • Stainless steel sanitary piping
  • CO2 alarms and sensors
  • Brewing development laboratory ventilation

The Monolith began production shortly after construction was completed in 2018. However, due to the extensive aging process of the brews, the tap room is not currently open to the public as of April 2020.