5 Alberta-Brewed Beers to Try and the Calgary Pubs that Serve Them
This weekend try beers from Red Deer, Edmonton and Okotoks without leaving Calgary.
By Just Beer Community Collection on Mar. 24, 2016
It’s very easy to drink local in Calgary; you probably already know about Village Brewery, Big Rock Brewery, Wild Rose Brewery and Minhas Micro Brewery. But there are many other Alberta-based breweries you might know that much about. And you can support without leaving Calgary. Here are a few pubs to visit if you want to sample an Alberta-brewed beer that’s a little different from the regulars.
An Alberta beer to try: Tool Shed Brewing’s Red Rage Ale
Even if you’re not a beer drinker, this centrally located bar is an ambient place for after-work, pre-weekend drinks. The Scottish-style pub in Eau Claire has an extensive whiskey menu, and is also one of the few Calgary bars to carry beer from Tool Shed Brewing. Tool Shed Brewing is a recently opened, Calgary-based brewery that makes small batch beers such as the Star Cheek, an IPA, and People Skills, a cream ale. The Barley Mill sells Red Rage, a dark red beer that has coffee undertones.
201 Barclay Parade S.W., 403-290-1500, barleymillcalgary.com
An Alberta beer to try: Troubled Monk’s Homestead Saison
If you’re looking for a bar where you can get a taste of beers from all over the province, Craft Beer Market is likely your best bet. You can tour the province by tasting bears from Canmore’s Grizzly Paw Brewery, Red Deer’sSomething Brewing and Okotoks’ Six Corners Brew Works. The brewery also has several Craft house ales.
For something that’s sometimes difficult to find elsewhere, try the Troubled Monk’s Homestead Saison. The brewery is based in Red Beer and sells four handcrafted ales.
345 10 Ave. S.W., 403-514-2337, craftbeermarket.ca
An Alberta beer to try: Anything brewed in-house
This brewpub only opened last summer. If you haven’t been yet, put it on your list. The venue has several made-in-house beers always on tap, as well as a beer from a guest brewery that changes often. (There’s also an impressive food menu and a gorgeous interior.) For something a little different, give the Last Best caramel latte beer a try.
607 11 Ave. S.W., 587-353-7387, lastbestbrewing.com
An Alberta beer to try: The Dandy Brewing Company’s Golden Brown
Midtown’s fries alone are worth a trip here, but be sure to pair your food with a beer from the Dandy Brewing Company. This brewery was Calgary’s first nanobrewery and opened just under a year and a half ago. Midtown sells the brewery’s Golden Brown Dandy Ale, an English pale ale that isn’t too fizzy and pairs well with meat.
302, 10 St. N.W., 403-474-2555, midtownkitchen.ca
An Alberta beer to try: Alley Kat’s Aprikat
The Edmonton-based brewery Alley Kat won two awards at the 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards. Molly’s sells bottles of the brewery’s Aprikat for $6.75 each. This beer is a wheat ale with a distinctive apricot flavour.
1153 Kensington Cres. N.W., 403-296-3220, mollymalones.ca
Coming soon: Trolley Five Brewery Company
Craft beer connoisseurs who want to support local producers should get ready to frequent this brewpub. Scheduled to open in the second half of this year, Trolley Five will be in the space formerly occupied by Melrose Café and Bar. As well as the brewery, there will be a restaurant and an outdoor patio that’s bound to be popular when the summer months roll around.
It already has an Alberta hefeweizen that is is looking to name. It has notes of banana and clove, and you can submit an entry to name it online. If you win, you get paid in a year’s worth of beer.
728 17 Ave. S.W, trolleyfive.com
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