Canmore Brewing Company offers creative beers that are inspired by the dynamic lifestyle of the Canadian Rockies. Growing up on the east coast, near the water, we learned how to enjoy the outdoors, have fun, build stuff, and do things the right way. The ocean was our playground. And we learned how to share with family, friends, and strangers too. We learned respect. The mountains, rivers and lakes of the west are our playgrounds now; go out and enjoy them. Share the times and stories with friends, family and strangers too. Over a beer. And respect them all.
You belong here. The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company is located in picturesque Canmore in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Established in April 1996 by Niall Fraser, The Grizzly Paw Pub & Brewing Company has become a landmark destination by locals and tourists alike.
Our mission is to share the Rocky Mountain experience with our friends, old and new, through our uncompromising pursuit of quality food, soda, and beer.
We’re fiercely committed to our community, our environment, and our guest’s experience. Come and join us.
Half Hitch Brewing Company is a family-owned and operated microbrewery and restaurant located in beautiful Cochrane, Alberta. What started as an idea between siblings at Sunday dinner has evolved into a one of a kind monitor barn brewery that embodies a rustic, Western charm. From the beer in the glass, to the table it’s resting on, the Heier/Kozloski family has handcrafted nearly every aspect of the building and brewery. To top off the experience, our Director of Restaurant Operations has created a much talked about menu that provides unique twists on traditional comfort food.
Our slogan is: brewed by family, shared with friends, and those who enter our doors will be treated as such. Expect cold beer, warm food, and endless amounts of laughter.
Bottlescrew Bill’s Pub is home to the “Around the World in 80 Beers” Passport. They have been serving Calgary’s largest selection of craft beer since it opened in 1985. Currently, over 300 different beers are on the menu, ranging from local Alberta-grown craft beer to national and international brands and everything in between.
Located on the site of the old Calgary Press Club, on the corner of 10th Avenue and 1st Street SW; it is right behind the Calgary Tower and a short walk from several downtown hotels.
In the summer, a large covered patio stretches around the south and west side of both the restaurant and the pub, while an enclosed and heated Beer Garden offers year-round seating at the back of the pub.
Welcome to Banff Ave Brewing Co – Banff’s only brewery. We use pure glacier water straight from the Rocky Mountains to make the best beer possible. Make sure to try our Community On Tap charity beer we have on – $1 from every pint and bottle goes directly to local not-for-profit organizations.
The premium beers that we brew have grown from roots grounded deeply in tradition. Our dedicated Brewmasters use time-tested recipes and brewing methods in our in-house brewery. Our hops and malts are sourced from around the world as to provide true styles with the unique twist of glacial water. This combination yields beers that are absolutely the best that they can be.
Our beers are for everyone. They are fresh, modern, and innovatively looking to the future. They are true and honest, drawing on experience from history. We truly believe there is an occasion for every beer and a beer for every occasion.
In beer we trust. We believe that every beer should share a story and every story should share a beer. When it comes to Brewsters – our beer is our story, and our restaurants are the stage. For over 25 years, we’ve been refining the art of beer in Western Canada. And we’re just getting started.
Our founder Michael Lanigan started Brewsters in 1989, way before small-batch brewing was the trend it is today. Now, as a second-generation family business, our batches aren’t as small as they once were. But the idea that got us started is the idea that still drives us today.
Last Best Brewing & Distilling is the fourth brewery in Alberta’s Bearhill Brewing Company family – Banff Ave. Brewing Co, Jasper Brewing Brew Pub & Eatery and Wood Buffalo Brewing Co. The name Last Best draws from Calgary’s eclectic history. At the end of the 1800s, the Canadian government launched a campaign called The Last Best West; its purpose was to populate the western prairies and grow agriculture in Canada. The administration believed that this area was the Last Best chance in the modern world for homesteaders to lay roots and shape their futures. The accomplishments resulting from the Last Best initiative have paved the way for the budding craft beer and distilling industries here in Alberta.
Last Best Brewing & Distilling honors this historical spirit through its name and unwavering commitment to making delicious well-crafted beer, spirits and Alberta-inspired cuisine.
Cold Garden Beverage Company is the realization of an idea planted years ago. The brewery was launched with the intention of building a space where friendships are born, tall tales are told, and new stories are created and, of course, brewing the great craft beer that seems to go hand-in-hand with all those things.
Cold Garden has put down roots in the vibrant community of Inglewood, hoping to breathe new life into what was once the brewing district of Calgary. By far, the best way to experience the crafty and welcoming nature of the brand and the owners, and the best way to enjoy a pint of one of the traditional or more eccentric beers Cold Garden brews, is to come down to the tasting room, located ridiculously close to the train tracks and fondly referred to as The Garden.
Named after the historic streetcar that ran through the Beltline, Trolley 5 Restaurant & Brewery is now open on 17th Avenue. 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.
Their goal at Trolley 5 is to continue to bring the community together through great food, beer and friendship. They are excited to offer beer brewed in house by Brewmaster Jeff Demaniuk and pair it with a southern inspired menu. 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. Visit them for drinks, brunch, dinner or a brewery tour.
Did you know Alberta has a motto? It’s “Strong and Free.” Now that is a bold motto worth toasting. That’s the spirit we’ve been instilling into Wild Rose since 1996, when we launched our brewery.
We make delicious beer in small batches, craft brewed with natural ingredients and the spirit that makes Alberta wild, strong and free. Problem is, there isn’t enough to go around. Popular stuff. Even with the larger brewery, we’re guarding the supply, so you can only get it in Alberta (too bad rest of the world). So if you have a wild side that needs to be satisfied, an independent spirit that thirsts for something different – and you’re in Alberta – then it’s time you explored the wild frontier of beer.
Wild Rose Brewery opened there production facility in 2014 so that they could make sure they had enough supplies to go around Alberta. Apparently we Albertans are very thirsty people. We carry six core brands throughout the year and introduce four innovative seasonals every year. Better get them while they are in supply.
Banded Peak Brewing started with three childhood friends who found a way to unite their passion of the outdoors and great beer. Whether it is skiing, hiking, climbing or fishing the guys that founded this brewery dabble in it all. The front range of the Rockies is a second home and they want to create a beer that gives back to the people and places that make it great.
While enjoying your tour of the nano brewery, feel free plan your next adventure with the small and growing library of hiking and climbing books or sit back and enjoy one of the hop forward or style bending beers on offer. These beers are crafted for adventure.
What Art Andrews started in 1995 as a beekeeping hobby has flourished into a diverse business of all things bees and honey. Once an airline Captain, Art now commandeers millions of bees, their honey production and the magical transformation of honey into mead (honey wine). Chinook Arch Meadery has been recognized numerous times on a national and international scale for the outstanding quality of their mead.
Since 2007 both Art and his wife Cherie have both been working full time at their Chinook Honey Company ‘retirement’ jobs. Whether it’s beekeeping, hosting tour groups, bottling mead, working behind the till or in front of a computer, their passion shines through. Guests can expect the best service, top quality honey products and a valuable learning experience.
It started with one man’s thirst…in 1985 beer fan and retired lawyer Ed McNally was thirsty for a real choice. Rather than complicate matters by tracking down established import brews, Ed took the “easy” way out and started his own brewery, pioneering the craft beer industry in Canada. 30 years in, Big Rock is a leader among Canada’s premium, all-natural craft breweries. Headquartered in Calgary, they also brew locally in Vancouver and will open a Toronto brewery in 2016.
The brewery tour at Big Rock is led by a team of beer passionate folks who live, love and drink craft beer. You’ll follow their state-of-the-art brewing process with your own eyes, ears and nose, from the unloading of ingredients, through the brewing and fermentation stages, all the way to the packaging facility.
It all began with a vision from Owner, PJ L’Heureux. PJ has always had a love for great beer. At the young age of 18, much to his parent’s dismay, he started home brewing. He quickly learned that making beer was not his forte, but serving it was! He was inspired to do something no one in Calgary had done before, create a place where you could enjoy fresh food and craft beers from around the world – all under one roof.
CRAFT Beer Market is a premium casual restaurant located in Calgary’s beltline district. The extensive menu of new North American classic cuisine (think an updated and sophisticated twist on traditional comfort foods) features items created in house using fresh, local ingredients. The main level features a stunning central island bar with an endless fleet of taps (120 to be exact!) ranging from classic lagers to obscure ales. CRAFT Beer Market has locations in Edmonton, Vancouver and is soon to be opening its door in Ottawa. The folks at CRAFT Beer Market are passionate about supporting local suppliers and organizations, they want to make the world a better place – one beer at a time.
Devoted to hand-crafted, artisanal and fine sipping spirits, Eau Claire Distillery is Alberta’s original craft distillery located in Turner Valley on the touristic Cowboy Trail, not far from Calgary. Housed in a 1923 converted movie theatre building, this pioneering distillery was born out of the founder’s quest to honour Alberta’s riches of the land and set the bar for Canada’s most premium spirits.
Every small batch from Eau Claire Distillery is personally tended for perfection, from seed to sip. The only distillery in North America with its own horse farming operation, Eau Claire Distillery uses locally-farmed ingredients — including grain and potatoes — plus clear water from nearby Rocky Mountains. Thanks to Eau Claire Distillery’s desire to return to traditional ways a new era has dawned in Alberta’s liquor industry.
The Dandy Brewing Company is Calgary’s first true Nano-Brewery. Their custom-built, 3 BBL brew-house produces small handcrafted batches of some of the most exciting beers in the province. Dandy Ales are living beers, available only in 650 ml bottle-conditioned bombers, naturally conditioned kegs, and casks. This return to the true ale tradition ensures the living yeast in the unfiltered and unpasteurized beer will continue to work with the premium malt and complex hops from the moment it is pitched in the fermenters, until it passes your lips!
The team at The Dandy Brewing Company share a passion for not only brewing, but the people, process, experiences, and personal touches that make the real ale experience so special.
Some of the best things happen over beer, ideas are born, friendships forged, deals struck. Village Brewery began that way too, with friends sharing beers and dreams for a community brewery: a brewery that would support Calgary’s artists and craftspeople. A brewery that would create the excellent ales and lagers our friends and neighbors deserve.
The folks at Village Brewery love talking about beer, and even more they love sharing their beer. At this stop on the Calgary Craft Beer Tour you’ll get acquainted with the Village Brewery story, learn how they make their tasty beers and understand a bit more about what it means to be a part of the community. It takes a village to raise a beer and a beer to raise a village.
Graham Sherman and his business partner Jeff Orr are two high level geeks who met in Afghanistan in 2007. At that time they were working on contracts for the Canadian and US military installing encrypted satellite communication networks. By day, they geeked out in the world of satellite communications. By night, they aimed their obsessive geekery at perfecting a cup of coffee, competitive BBQing, controlling their respective homes back in Calgary with iPhone technology…and finally mastering the craft of brewing artisan beer.
From their humble beginnings in Graham’s backyard tool shed on a basic 5 gallon home-brew system, to present day – Tool Shed Brewing Company has become an integral part of the Calgary craft beer story.