Experience Alberta’s good-natured and welcoming breweries, meaderies and distilleries with our hosts who enjoy a satisfying drink as much as you. This tour will take you along the Cowboy Trail from the region’s earliest craft beer, to the richness of mead, to a first-hand look at the distilled perfection of Alberta spirits. You will witness the region’s rich history and realize the crazy lengths brewers and distillers go to for the love of beer, spirits and mead. Aside from Alberta’s passionate owners, our craft scene has been influenced by our mountain fresh water, locally grown harvested crops that produce unique and refreshing spirits and brews.
Activity Tour Details
Take a tour along the Cowboy Trail taking you to the region’s earliest craft beer and brew pubs to the richness of mead, to a first-hand look at the distilled perfection of Alberta spirits. It will be a Sunday to remember.
Your day begins in picturesque downtown at the base of the iconic Calgary Tower, where you will meet your guide. After some quick introductions you will be whisked away to Brewsters, the pioneer of the craft brewpubs. If Big Rock is the grandfather of beer in Alberta then Brewsters is the grandmother of brewpubs. Brewsters have paved their path in the brewery industry expanding to over 16 locations across western Canada. Enjoy a tantalizing brunch created with locally grown ingredients, infused with Brewster’s award winning beer.
Your next stop will be at the grandfather of Alberta craft beer, Big Rock Brewery. Enjoy a tasting and tour as Big Rock shares their impressive history. They are the brewery that paved the path for others who share their passion for uniquely crafted beer. You will be amazed at the grand scale of their production floor; truly a Canadian success story. After your tour and tasting, enjoy a quick stop in their swag and brew shop. Grab some brews for the road.
Continue your journey out of Calgary to Okotoks. Witness the landscape of the valleys, rolling hills and farmland before arriving at your next location, Chinook Arch Meadery. Learn about Alberta’s honey bee farms, how honey mead is processed and of course, the delicious tastings. Before leaving Okotoks, stop to pay homage to Big Rock Breweries inspirational glacial phenomenon, the Okotoks Erratic or locally known as “The Big Rock”.
Venture deeper into the mountains within the foothills, where you’ll arrive at your last stop, Eau Claire Distillery. Located in the historic town of Turner Valley, this stunning building was once a movie theater, now home to the farm-to-glass distillery. Hear their Alberta proud story, take a tour of the distillery, taste their award-winning spirits and enjoy your choice of a specialty drink. If you are feeling peckish order a singled served pizza, panni or homemade soup for the journey back to the city.
As you return to Calgary, enjoy the scenic views of the rolling hills nestled against the Rocky Mountains. From mountains to city views, the scheduled drop-off stop is the Calgary Tower.
The tour includes:
$129.00 + gst