10 Breweries Every Calgarian Needs to Visit During YYC Craft Beer Week
#YYCBeerWeek runs from June 3 – 9, 2019. Here is everything you need to know about Calgary’s Craft Beer Week, YYC Beer Week events, and ten amazing Calgary breweries you must check out.
By The Beer Community on Jun. 03, 2019
What is YYC Beer Week?
A Craft Beer Festival in Calgary, Alberta
The third annual YYC Beer Week is happening on June 3rd – June 9th, 2019. Don’t be mistaken though… This is not your average beer festival. Calgary Beer Week was but by the community, for the community.
Calgarians love their food, patios (when the weather allows for it), and of course, beer! So, why not celebrate all three with a week-long craft beer festival full of delicious eats and delicious brews?!
#YYCBeerWeek Supports Local Charities
The city of Calgary is known for their generosity, and the desire to come together and support others. Every beer you drink, and every meal you buy during Calgary Beer Week will go towards supporting more than two dozen local charities.
For more information on #YYCBeerWeek, visit their official website.
Official Beer of YYC Beer Week
The official beer of 2019 Calgary Beer Week has not yet been announced… Stay tuned for details!
Calgary Beer Week Events:
There are lots of fun events happening across the city in breweries, restaurants, and even the zoo. Click here to view the full list of YYCBeerWeek events.
YYCBeerWeek 2019 Official Launch Party
Start the beer week off right with the YYCBeerWeek Official Launch Party on June 3, 4:30pm – 7:30pm at Last Best Brewing & Distilling. Tickets cost only $15 and your ticket will include a sample of the official YYCBeerWeek collaboration brew, a free 18oz Last Best core beer, and a donation to the Calgary Humane Society. Don’t miss out and get your tickets now!
Calgary Breweries You Need To Check Out During #YYCBeerWeek
Banded Peak Brewing is a great place to stop by for a pint, a growler fill, a 1L can, or a beer flight. Located in the community of Burnsland in Calgary, Banded Peak was designed to take the secret out of brewing. The Banded Peak team encourages anybody to ask whoever is behind the bar for a tour! The production area is completely open for viewing.
Big Rock Brewer is one of Calgary’s most well known breweries and beer brands. A lot of passion goes into the beer Big Rock brews. Their beer always tells a story and if you’d like to hear more about the beers, the brewery, and their brewing process, book a tour! Big Rock Brewery offers $25 brewery tours every Friday and Saturday. Taking a brewery tour at Big Rock gives you the opportunity to experience the careful crafting that happens behind the scenes.
Cold Garden Brewing Company is a Calgary-based microbrewery. A love of craft beer and a passing comment in a university classroom planted the idea years ago and the concept has been growing ever since. The brewery has put down roots in the vibrant community of Inglewood, hoping to breathe new life into what was once the brewing district of Calgary. Cold Garden brings a casual and eclectic vibe to the community, along with a lineup of traditional and more…eccentric beers.
One of the best things about Cold Garden Beverage Company? They are one of the breweries in Alberta that allow dogs inside the building. If you’re the type of person that likes to bring your pup everywhere you go, or you’re the person who just genuinely loves dogs and enjoys their company, then you definitely need to check this place out.
Cold Garden will also be hosting the Zoo Adult’s Night Afterparty during YYCBeerWeek.
Common Crown Brewing Co. is the result of the hard word and determination of twin brothers, Andrew and Damon Moreau, and Bob Robertshaw that reflects their passion for well crafted beer and everything social. Whether through music, the arts, or beer, they strive to bring people together.
Every Saturday from 3pm to 4pm Common Crown offers a tour and a flight of all of their beers! Take a tour of the brewery, learn how the brewing process works, then head to the tap room!
Located in the heart of Calgary’s brewery district, Eighty-Eight Brewing Company is an 80’s styled brewery. With retro decor, neon lights and pizza from Noble Pie, Eighty-Eight Brewing Company is the place to go for a cold pint. Eight-Eight Brewing offers free brewery tours.
Located in the heart of Calgary’s Beltline, Inner City is a place of unexpected connections. Where the weird and wonderful interact. Where new ideas reinvent old neighbourhoods. Where cultures mix and mingle. It’s energetic, eclectic and inclusive. Because Inner City Brewing only has a food selection of light snacks, they allow their guests to find in or order in food to enjoy with their Inner City beer.
Since 2015, Last Best Brewing, located on 11th Avenue SW, Calgary, is focused on creating a community-focused beer culture. The beers they brew are a direct reflection of the values and personalities of you.
Last Best Brewing is hosting the YYCBeerWeek Official Launch Party and the Off-Flavour Training with Advanced Cicerone, Natasha Peiskar.
Minhas Micro Brewery’s Canadian beers are a true representation of Canada, ingredients straight out of Alberta and brewed in Calgary – you can’t get more Canadian! In every bottle of Minhas’ craft beers, you will taste a little of Calgary and Alberta. The Minhas Micro Brewery Calgary invites Canadian beer lovers to take one of the best Calgary brewery tours and get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes production at their Calgary brewery. You will see first hand where Minhas makes small batch ultra premium Canadian craft beer such as Lazy Mutt Wheat Ale, Red, Authentic IPA and the groundbreaking Lazy Mutt Gluten Free Lager.
Ol’ Beautiful is a culmination of people, passion, and place. They are a collection of characters brewing a menagerie of beers in a place they love. Ol’ Beautiful shares a mutual appreciation for the old ways of doing things and are passionate about the revival of the craft spirit. Check out Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co.’s beautiful taproom for come nice, cold brews.
If you’re craving some juicy, barbecued meats, Paddy’s is the place for you. Paddy’s has it’s own onsite brewery. Bringing you an ever changing variety of small batch brews on their custom 5HL Brewhouse. With a full food menu, homemade barbecue sauces, and a cool taproom, Paddy’s Barbecue is a great brewery to head to during #YYCBeerWeek.
How Does Calgary Beer Week Work?
1. Calgary Breweries
Breweries participating in #YYC Beer Week will be hosting special beer tasting events or will be offering special promotions throughout the week. $1 from each sale will be donated to a local charity.
Click here to view all YYC Beer Week participating breweries.
2. Calgary Restaurants
Local restaurants will either be creating an exclusive beer-inspired dish made with local craft beer or pairing their dishes with a local craft beer. $1 from each meal will be donated to a local charity.
Click here to view all YYC Beer Week participating restaurants.
3. Calgary Retailers
Many retailers in Calgary offer special promotions on one or more local craft beers throughout the week of Calgary Beer Week. $1 from each sale with be donated to a local charity.
Click here to view all YYC Beer Week participating retailers.
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