About Thumbprint

About Thumbprint

Our Story

At Thumbprint, we are all about community and family. In fact, the Thumbprint name and logo have a very special meaning to us. Kara’s father passed away in 2015 but was able to share his thumbprint. When meshed together with Kara’s thumbprint, this makes our unique and recognizable logo what it is today. We believe in the strength of community and this is why we decided to stake our anchor in Airdrie and grow this idea from the ground up. Thumbprint is where you can sit back, relax and let your taste buds do the talking.

Community Driven

One of the great benefits that we’ve gained from opening Thumbprint has been getting to know two amazing communities.  The first community we came to know better was our own.  When we moved to Airdrie in 2014, we really enjoyed the “small town”, friendly environment.  However, the process of building the store made us appreciate the city even more than we could have imagined.  Everyone we dealt with at the City of Airdrie seemed to go out of their way to help us along. Right from our first meeting with Shay Barker (Economic Development) all the way to the ribbon cutting with Mayor Peter Brown, everything was handled with the highest level of care. The second community we were introduced to was the craft beer community, over the past year we’ve been blown away by how supportive the community is of one another. We’ve seen it through support from other stores as well as how breweries support each other. We have yet to meet any agent or brewery that speaks negatively of another. Everyone seems genuinely excited for the next great brewery or store to open. We continually hear the saying “a rising tide lifts all boats”. Today we feel fortunate to be able to have a space that helps bring these two awesome communities together.  We can’t think of  a better example than our partnership with Airdrie Dads, we all know Dads love beer and this group has been incredibly supportive of our store. We had the pleasure of helping support AD by completing the pre-sales of Village’s Father Beer. By doing so we raised thousands of dollars for Alberta Children’s Hospital.  These events are things we are very proud to support and we look forward to giving back to the community every chance we get.

Our Story

At Thumbprint, we are all about community and family. In fact, the Thumbprint name and logo have a very special meaning to us. Kara’s father passed away in 2015 but was able to share his thumbprint. When meshed together with Kara’s thumbprint, this makes our unique and recognizable logo what it is today. We believe in the strength of community and this is why we decided to stake our anchor in Airdrie and grow this idea from the ground up. Thumbprint is where you can sit back, relax and let your taste buds do the talking.

Community Driven

One of the great benefits that we’ve gained from opening Thumbprint has been getting to know two amazing communities.  The first community we came to know better was our own.  When we moved to Airdrie in 2014, we really enjoyed the “small town”, friendly environment.  However, the process of building the store made us appreciate the city even more than we could have imagined.  Everyone we dealt with at the City of Airdrie seemed to go out of their way to help us along. Right from our first meeting with Shay Barker (Economic Development) all the way to the ribbon cutting with Mayor Peter Brown, everything was handled with the highest level of care. The second community we were introduced to was the craft beer community, over the past year we’ve been blown away by how supportive the community is of one another. We’ve seen it through support from other stores as well as how breweries support each other. We have yet to meet any agent or brewery that speaks negatively of another. Everyone seems genuinely excited for the next great brewery or store to open. We continually hear the saying “a rising tide lifts all boats”. Today we feel fortunate to be able to have a space that helps bring these two awesome communities together.  We can’t think of  a better example than our partnership with Airdrie Dads, we all know Dads love beer and this group has been incredibly supportive of our store. We had the pleasure of helping support AD by completing the pre-sales of Village’s Father Beer. By doing so we raised thousands of dollars for Alberta Children’s Hospital.  These events are things we are very proud to support and we look forward to giving back to the community every chance we get.

Thumbprint In The News

6 Woman Making A Difference...

While beer is a relatively new love for Fulton, it’s a love that runs deep. So deep, in fact, that she has opened up Western Canada’s first fully dedicated craft beer bottle shop: Thumbprint Craft Beer Market in Airdrie.

Meet three women turning their vision into reality

Kara Fulton was on a date with her husband Dave when she tried a Hoegaarden beer for the first time. Then she tried another beer. And another. She began visiting breweries and a few years later, she realized she had become an aficionado. “My interest just exploded,” she says.

In good spirits: Where to buy booze in Alberta

Eat your heart out, Ontario: Sure, the Alberta economy sucks these days, but buying booze in this Prairie province couldn’t be better. Alberta privatized its liquor stores more than 20 years ago and, since then, independently owned stores have flourished, offering a massive array of wines, spirits and beer to thirsty customers in search of something special.

6 Woman Making A Difference...

The Facebook group Airdrie Dads is partnering with Thumbprint Beer Market in Airdrie and Village Brewery in Calgary for a great cause. Marc Smith with Airdrie Dads said the group was approached by Village Brewery about partnering on a seasonal brew to benefit a good cause.

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Our staff make an impression

Kara Fulton

OWNER / CAT WHISPERER / BEER GURU

Kara’s love for craft beer started in 2011 when she drank too much wine one night. So much she hasn’t drank any since! Kara loves IPA’s, Sours and Pilsners.

 

Dave Fulton

OWNER / BEER GEEK

Hi, my name is Dave and you can visit me in the store on Fridays and Saturdays. My tastes in beer change often but I love everything local (especially Dandy, Situation, Annex, Bench Creek, Last Best and Outcast).   I’m a big sports fan.  My favourite teams are the Maple leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors and Philadelphia Eagles. Travelling and being with my amazing family are my favourite memories. Lastly,  I pride myself in being, far and away, the fifth best bowler on the “Thimbles of Excellence”  (Extreme Pita bowler of the week x1).

Jen Linton

Hey! So you want to know a little about me.. well, I am originally from the US and met my husband while vacationing here for Stampede (did you laugh? you probably did). I am obviously a huge craft beer lover and have made it a point to sample local brews wherever I travel. I’m also a fitness instructor, baker, and lover of naps. My favorite beer of all time: Pyramid Apricot Ale (Thumbprint carries it!!!) Favorite brewery: Common Roots Brewing in South Glens Falls, NY

Jodi Schlitt

NICE JUGS / BEER GIRL

I like to refer to myself as a ‘Beginner beer drinker’! Had you asked me in 2016 if I liked beer I would have said ‘NO WAY!’ I used to drink the odd cider and cooler in my younger days, but never a beer. Since hanging out with the awesome peeps at Thumbprint I have progressed from a beginner to an intermediate.  I began my Craft journey with Ciders, then tried a Hefeweizen, Saisons, Blondes, and currently I am a huge fan of wheat beers and fruit beers. I like them High on the ABV and low on the IBU! All time favourite beer so far is the Blackberry Earl Grey Tea Saison from Situation Brewing in Edmonton, AB. I may have been known to do a little hoarding when I heard that it was a seasonal flavour. The beer filling station is top notch at Thumbprint and it allowed me to keep my Saison fresh in my fridge for more than a few weeks (our stations are so much better than other places that fill growlers off the taps and allow oxygen to taint my precious beer).

Robin Bishop

BEER SCIENCE!

My name is Robin Bishop and I am your local craft beer market hippy and nerd. As a neuroscience student at the University of Calgary, I can definitely confirm that a great craft beer makes for a happy brain! My favourite beers are stouts and sours; especially Sexier Palace from Situation and Nectarus from Four Winds. Some of my hobbies include creating art, writing poetry, dancing ballet, attending rock concerts, and learning everything and anything regarding science.

Trevor Schulz

A.K.A BIG SEXY

Hi my name is Trevor. Over time my taste in beer has evolved from award winning beers such as PBR to some of my new favorites; Last Best Tokyo Drift, Situation Tea Saison, and Howe Sound You’re my Boy Blue. I am an avid reader, the original Extreme Pita Bowler of the week, beer lover, and man with a golden voice. You can catch me at the store on Tuesday nights as one of the half of the dynamic duo of Jeff & Trevor. Not only do we have great voices and excellent beer knowledge, but we are average looking so that’s something. Hoppy beer drinking everyone!

Alisha Lockhart

GROWLER BAR QUEEN

Hi, my name is Alisha. Some people call me Allie. My favorite beers are Fat Tug from Driftwood, Hit The Deck from Fernie, Nectarous from Four Winds, Sour Cherry, and Jungle Bird by Dandy Brewing Company. Some of my hobbies include drinking beer on a patio (anywhere) while socializing, eating and laughing with friends; love working out, and day trips to the mountains. A fun fact about myself: I am a ferternal triplet, one of three girls. And also have 2 younger siblings… my sister is 8 years old and my brother is 7 years old. I am also a mommy to the cutest pug in the whole world!

Jeff Lafave

WORKS FOR BEER

My name is Jeff, my favorite beers are Dandy cherry sour, blindman new England pale ale and troubled monk golden gaetz. I am a 2x Extreme Pita Bowler of the week and 1/5th of the greatest bowling team of all time “Thimbles of Excellence”. My hobbies include going to the gym, photography , getting tattooed and video games. My music preference is heavy metal.

Cameron Rhodes

HAIR MODEL / SOCIAL MEDIA GURU

Cameron is an Alberta boy born and raised, content producer by trade and beer enthusiast by night. Having graduated from his high school days of Kokanee Gold and Pilsners, he now enjoys Belgian Triples, hoppy IPAs and recently discovered his love for tasty sours. He is the proud father of three soon to be four young children and lives in Airdrie with his family.

Tyler Rabel

Hi! My name is Tyler and I have been part of the Thumbprint family since opening launch in January of 2017. I am born and raised in Airdrie and still call it home along with my beautiful wife Stephanie, adorable daughter Harper and loyal dog Cash. When I’m not slinging brews at Airdrie’s best beer store I can be found proudly serving the citizens of Calgary as a member of the fire department. In my downtime I enjoy staying active in the gym, snowboarding, country music and following sports. My favourite beers include Village Blacksmith, Fernie’s What the Huck and anything from four winds.

Other Thumbprints

Our staff make an impression

Kara Fulton

OWNER / CAT WHISPERER / BEER GURU

Kara’s love for craft beer started in 2011 when she drank too much wine one night. So much she hasn’t drank any since! Kara loves IPA’s, Sours and Pilsners.

 

Dave Fulton

OWNER / BEER GEEK

Hi, my name is Dave and you can visit me in the store on Fridays and Saturdays. My tastes in beer change often but I love everything local (especially Dandy, Situation, Annex, Bench Creek, Last Best and Outcast).   I’m a big sports fan.  My favourite teams are the Maple leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors and Philadelphia Eagles. Travelling and being with my amazing family are my favourite memories. Lastly,  I pride myself in being, far and away, the fifth best bowler on the “Thimbles of Excellence”  (Extreme Pita bowler of the week x1).

Jen Linton

Hey! So you want to know a little about me.. well, I am originally from the US and met my husband while vacationing here for Stampede (did you laugh? you probably did). I am obviously a huge craft beer lover and have made it a point to sample local brews wherever I travel. I’m also a fitness instructor, baker, and lover of naps. My favorite beer of all time: Pyramid Apricot Ale (Thumbprint carries it!!!) Favorite brewery: Common Roots Brewing in South Glens Falls, NY

Jodi Schlitt

NICE JUGS / BEER GIRL

I like to refer to myself as a ‘Beginner beer drinker’! Had you asked me in 2016 if I liked beer I would have said ‘NO WAY!’ I used to drink the odd cider and cooler in my younger days, but never a beer. Since hanging out with the awesome peeps at Thumbprint I have progressed from a beginner to an intermediate.  I began my Craft journey with Ciders, then tried a Hefeweizen, Saisons, Blondes, and currently I am a huge fan of wheat beers and fruit beers. I like them High on the ABV and low on the IBU! All time favourite beer so far is the Blackberry Earl Grey Tea Saison from Situation Brewing in Edmonton, AB. I may have been known to do a little hoarding when I heard that it was a seasonal flavour. The beer filling station is top notch at Thumbprint and it allowed me to keep my Saison fresh in my fridge for more than a few weeks (our stations are so much better than other places that fill growlers off the taps and allow oxygen to taint my precious beer).

Robin Bishop

BEER SCIENCE!

My name is Robin Bishop and I am your local craft beer market hippy and nerd. As a neuroscience student at the University of Calgary, I can definitely confirm that a great craft beer makes for a happy brain! My favourite beers are stouts and sours; especially Sexier Palace from Situation and Nectarus from Four Winds. Some of my hobbies include creating art, writing poetry, dancing ballet, attending rock concerts, and learning everything and anything regarding science.

Trevor Schulz AKA Big Sexy

Hi my name is Trevor. Over time my taste in beer has evolved from award winning beers such as PBR to some of my new favorites; Last Best Tokyo Drift, Situation Tea Saison, and Howe Sound You’re my Boy Blue. I am an avid reader, the original Extreme Pita Bowler of the week, beer lover, and man with a golden voice. You can catch me at the store on Tuesday nights as one of the half of the dynamic duo of Jeff & Trevor. Not only do we have great voices and excellent beer knowledge, but we are average looking so that’s something. Hoppy beer drinking everyone!

Alisha Lockhart

GROWLER BAR QUEEN

Hi, my name is Alisha. Some people call me Allie. My favorite beers are Fat Tug from Driftwood, Hit The Deck from Fernie, Nectarous from Four Winds, Sour Cherry, and Jungle Bird by Dandy Brewing Company. Some of my hobbies include drinking beer on a patio (anywhere) while socializing, eating and laughing with friends; love working out, and day trips to the mountains. A fun fact about myself: I am a ferternal triplet, one of three girls. And also have 2 younger siblings… my sister is 8 years old and my brother is 7 years old. I am also a mommy to the cutest pug in the whole world!

Jeff Lafave

WORKS FOR BEER

My name is Jeff, my favorite beers are Dandy cherry sour, blindman new England pale ale and troubled monk golden gaetz. I am a 2x Extreme Pita Bowler of the week and 1/5th of the greatest bowling team of all time “Thimbles of Excellence”. My hobbies include going to the gym, photography , getting tattooed and video games. My music preference is heavy metal.

Cameron Rhodes

HAIR MODEL / SOCIAL MEDIA GURU

Cameron is an Alberta boy born and raised, content producer by trade and beer enthusiast by night. Having graduated from his high school days of Kokanee Gold and Pilsners, he now enjoys Belgian Triples, hoppy IPAs and recently discovered his love for tasty sours. He is the proud father of three soon to be four young children and lives in Airdrie with his family.

Tyler Rabel

Hi! My name is Tyler and I have been part of the Thumbprint family since opening launch in January of 2017. I am born and raised in Airdrie and still call it home along with my beautiful wife Stephanie, adorable daughter Harper and loyal dog Cash. When I’m not slinging brews at Airdrie’s best beer store I can be found proudly serving the citizens of Calgary as a member of the fire department. In my downtime I enjoy staying active in the gym, snowboarding, country music and following sports. My favourite beers include Village Blacksmith, Fernie’s What the Huck and anything from four winds.