Experience Alberta’s good-natured and welcoming breweries with hosts who enjoy a satisfying beer as much as you. This tour will pay homage to the pioneering trailblazers and risk-takers in Calgary. They expressed an interest in producing craft beer when large and international beer companies dominated the Alberta beer scene. Experience the region’s earliest craft beer and witness first-hand the impressive growth they accomplished over the past 30 years with odds stacked against them. Their tenacity helped define what the industry has grown into today. In this tour, we paired our mentors with some exciting, young breweries who are looking to do some trailblazing themselves. Sit back and savor brew samples whose flavors are enhanced by Alberta’s fresh glacial mountain water and locally harvested crops.
It’ll be a Sunday to remember as you tour across majestic Calgary. Take in the region’s earliest craft beer and brew pubs and a first-hand look at some of the newest breweries in town. These brewers entered the scene with gumption, guts and motivation to make their make their mark in the exploding craft beer sector.
Your day begins 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 has 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 their award winning beer.
Your next stop is a visit to a new brewery Common Crown Brewing Co. Twin brothers and best friend not only envisioned producing and staying true to form when crafting but also celebrating everything social. These gents want you to celebrate bringing people together while supporting music, the arts, agriculture and building a sense of community; perhaps play a tune on the stage where they host live music.
Your next stop will be at the grandfather of Alberta craft beer, Big Rock Brewery. Enjoy samples as Big Rock shares their impressive history. They’re the brewery that paved the path for others who share their craft passion. You’ll be amazed at the grand scale of their production floor – a true a Canadian success story. After your tour, enjoy a quick stop in their shop. Why not grab some swag and brews for the road.
Continue your journey to the southeast industrial area of Manchester, which resides out of the inner city core. Here you will partake in some amazing brews and sodas at Annex Ale Project. No apologies and no compromise, these folks love what they do. They approach their beverages with a sense of creativity and progressiveness. Always testing the boundaries they want to tell their story and share their passion for the industry, while making you a lifelong fan.
As you conclude your tour we provide a few options for drop off. Our driver will drop off at the original pick up of the Calgary Tower, or along trendy 17th Ave. home to many exceptional brewpubs. We can also drop you at our hippest ‘hood, East Village for a unique experience at The Brewers Apprentice, a true craft beer cheerleader with 48 Alberta beers on tap. Have a sample flight, or take home a growler full of your favourite brew with a 10% off on your purchase.
The tour includes:
Retail: $119.00 + GST