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2018 Holiday Beer Events in Alberta

The holiday season is just around the corner. Can you think of a better way to celebrate the holidays other than with your favourite beer and your closest group of friends? Check out these Alberta beer events to hit up over the holidays!

2018 Holiday Beer Events in Alberta

If you love beer and you love networking or you’re just looking for a place to crack a cold one and get in the holiday spirit, visit a holiday beer event! There are tons of Christmas and New Years’ Events in Alberta that will be featuring local beers from Alberta’s breweries.


Calgary Beer Events:


Guilty Pleasures & Holiday Decadence

When: Saturday, November 24 @ 7pm – 9pm
Where: CO-OP Wine Spirits Beer (Crowfoot) – 29 Crowfoot Way NW, Calgary, AB
Price: $50

A Wine, Beer and Spirits extravaganza! In this event we will delve into the decant sips of the season from full flavoured, to extravagant.


The Brewer’s Ball

When: Wednesday, November 28 @ 7pm – 10pm
Where: Banded Peak Brewing Company#119 519 34 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
Price: $30

A selection of Alberta breweries have bandied together and have their grievances to air! These brewers have selected the best and brightest of their finest suds to serve to you.

Tickets are $30 and include 2 beers and food provided by Paddy’s Barbeque. Additional beers from the participating breweries are $5 each for each can.

All proceeds will go to the Movember Foundation, funding cancer research, as well as mental health awareness and suicide prevention


Mito Canada & Winter Rotating Launch Party

When: Wednesday, December 5 @ 5pm – 8pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market (Downtown) – 345 10 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Price: $5

CRAFT Beer Market is launching their new rotating handles and promoting their Community Brew: Tool Shed Mito Power Beet Beer!

Come down and support this great cause on Wednesday, Dec 5th at 5 PM. Tickets are $5 and include 10 x 4oz sample tokens for of our new rotating beers. All proceeds will be donated to Mito Canada. $4 Tool Shed Mito “Energy” Beet Beer all night! $1 from each beer sold is donated directly to Mito Canada.


Holiday Cocktails

When: Friday, December 7 @ 7pm – 9pm
Where: CO-OP Wine Spirits Beer (Shawnessy) – #80 250 Shawville Blvd, Calgary, AB
Price: $35

Join us for a joyous & jolly evening to learn a few new cocktail recipes and drink ideas to entertain and cope with visiting relatives and friends this holiday season. We have all your survival tips and tricks to keep you celebrating all season long.


Second Annual Calgary Freelance Christmas Party

When: Friday, December 13 @ 5pm – 8pm
Where: Last Best Brewery and Distillery607 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Price: $25

The Office Christmas Party is an age-old tradition, but for freelancers, entrepreneurs and smaller companies, we can often miss out on having a proper office party to celebrate the holidays! So Mike Morrison (Mike’s Bloggity Blog) and Kait Kucy (The Archives of Cool) are hosting a holiday office party for all who’d like to celebrate. Whether you work for yourself, a small company, maybe you’re under-employed…or you just want to come to an another office party, all are welcome.

The party will take place at Last Best Brewery and Distillery. Your ticket comes with a free pint (18oz) of beer, as well as light appetizers. Our friends at Last Best are also excited to offer us Happy Hour pricing throughout our party, which includes Standard Beer (18oz) for $5, Highballs (1oz) for $5 and $1 off glass pours of wine!


Guilty Pleasures & Holiday Decadence

When: Friday, December 14 @ 7pm – 9pm
Where: CO-OP Wine Spirits Beer (Oakridge) – 2570 Southland Drive SW, Calgary, AB
Price: $50

The Holiday season is fast approaching and the time for a little indulgence has come. It is the time of year when we seem to revel in the moments of family, friends, feasts and the hedonistic pleasures that come along with filling our bellies. Join us at CO-OP Wine Spirits Beer (Oakridge Location) for a holiday drink tasting!


New Year’s Eve Best of 2018 Brewmaster’s Dinner & Dance

When: Monday, December 31 @ 5pm – 1am
Where: CRAFT Beer Market345 10 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB
Price: $15 – $75

Looking for something to do on New Years in Calgary? Ring in the New Year with our “Best of 2018” Brewmaster’s Dinner & Dance! Choose between a 3 course ($45) or a 4 course ($75) dinner brought to you by your friends as CRAFT Beer Market.


Not from Alberta? That’s OK!
Check out our events page to find a beer event near you!


Holiday Beer Events in Canmore:


The Rotary Festival of Trees

When: Friday, December 14 @ 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Malcolm Hotel – 321 Sprink Creek Drive, Canmore, AB
Price: $60

Join us at Canmore’s Malcolm Hotel for a decadent evening featuring wine, craft beer and whisky tastings with appetizers.


Airdrie Holiday Events:


Craft & Crafts 3.0

When: Monday, December 3 @ 6pm – 8pm
Where: Thumbprint Craft Beer Market#403 6112 Railway Avenue SW, Airdrie, AB
Price: $42.46

Wooden signs are the trend this holiday season! Paint your very own 11×15 wood sign while you enjoy sampling craft beer/mead. Small snacks will also be provided.


Edmonton Holiday Beer Events:


Twitch Holiday Party in Support of Edmonton ExtraLife

When: Saturday, December 1 @ 3pm – 7pm
Where: Beercade10544 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
Price: $0 – $25

Edmonton Community Meetup, Powered by Twitch is back with their second annual charity holiday party! Come dressed in your ugliest holiday sweater for a social meetup event for content creators, game developers, industry professionals, and gamers! The event will feature a live stream, playable game demo’s, giveaways, contests, a custom drink menu and more!

Our events are free to attend, however if you choose to support the community by purchasing a VIP ticket ($25) you will be granted early access to the venue and a goody bag on arrival.


Cheers to 5 Years Anniversary Party

When: Wednesday, December 5 @ 5pm – 9pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market10013 101A Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB
Price: Free

In celebration of Edmonton’s CRAFT Beer Market’s 5 year anniversary, they are throwing a party on Dec. 5th to thank all of you for your support. Join the CRAFT team from 5 – 9PM to enjoy some complimentary appies, cask sampling’s, new rotating draft, live music & more!


Beer School: Winter Beers

When: Saturday, December 8 @ 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Green Bean Java Bistro11120 142 Street, Edmonton, AB
Price: $55

Time to explore winter beers, from Christmas beers, to coffee beers, to porters and stouts. Anything made for sipping away those long evenings in the winter. With those beers we’ll be serving some wintertime favourites in appetizer form, five in all.


Wanting to plan your own holiday beer event?!

Celebrate the Holidays at CRAFT Beer Market

Whether you’re looking for a family style dinner with friends or a large corporate event for your organization, CRAFT Beer Market has got you covered. Their events team will customize every detail to ensure the most memorable experience for you and your guests. CRAFT offers holiday events packages so you can pick the best “ex-beer-ience” for you and your group!


Oops! Did we miss an event in Alberta that you’re attending or hosting? Let us know and we will add it to this list (and our beer events page) to help spread the word!


Now that you have your holiday beer events planned out, study up on your beer knowledge below:

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