Beer & Food Pairings

The Ultimate Guide to Food and Beer Pairings at the 2019 Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is an exciting time of year, and with it comes new possibility and intrigue when it comes to midway foods. The list of foods is huge, but at JustBeer we have narrowed down the top choices for you to try (along with some select Alberta-grown craft beers).

The Ultimate Guide to Food and Beer Pairings at the 2019 Calgary Stampede

The 2019 Calgary Stampede is just around the corner, and once again the midway is rolling out new foods for park visitors to try. Options range from Nitro Coffee Deep-fried Mini Doughnuts to Flamin’ Frog Legs, which are coated in a Flamin’ Hot Cheetos batter.

As you do with Stampede, other libations will be a major part of the festivities. With that in mind, we’ve picked 6 Stampede midway treats and paired them with selections from local Albertan brewers. Enjoy!


2019 Calgary Stampede’s Top 6 Midway Snack and Beer Pairings to Try This Year



The Canadian Bacon Pancake House’s Banana Bread French Toast




A combination of two traditional flavours, The Canadian Bacon Pancake House take’s spin on the traditional French toast by using banana bread! Don’t miss out tasting this amazing combination!


Beer Pairing for Banana Bread French Toast:

Minhas Micro Brewery’s Lazy Mutt Chocolate Stout. Lean on the sweetness of this midway snack and pair your french toast with a rich, chocolatey stout from the local Minhas Micro Brewery.


Noodle Bar’s Cowboy Wrangler Churro Burger




Perhaps the most unexpected Midway mashup! Sweet meets savoury with the Cowboy Wrangler Churro Burger. A delicious marriage of a churro bun, melted cheese, crispy onions, maple aioli and a juicy burger. It’s Churro-licous!


Beer Pairing for Cowboy Wrangler Churro Burger:

Wild Rose Brewery’s Ponderosa Gose. With such a heavy, rich meal, we recommend the Ponderosa Gose to refresh your palate and be ready for the next bite!


Mr. Vegetables’ Deep Fried Cauliflower Bites


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Meatless, boneless, wings! Internationally inspired and locally sourced, this freshly battered and fried cauliflower is tossed in our house-made spicy Korean style sauce and paired with your choice of dipping sauce. It’s a meatless wing you’re sure to love!


Beer Pairing for Deep Fried Cauliflower Bites:

Brewsters Brewing Company’s Farmer’s Tan White Ale. This beer pays homage to the farmers who made this midway snack possible!


Steve O’s Homestyle Fried Chicken’s Popcorn Chicken Poutine




Add a little bit of chicken fried to your Stampede! Steve O’s famous fries are now served with delicious popcorn chicken. It’s a real crunchy delight!


Beer Pairing for Your Popcorn Chicken Poutine:

Big Rock Brewery’s Rhine Stone Cowboy. This Kölsch is Western-inspired, perfect for the glam Calgary Stampede-goer.


Pickle Pizza


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Showcasing pickles in the best way possible! This pizza starts with an olive oil base and is topped with mozzarella cheese and a whole lot of pickles. Are you joining the pickle-palooza? Add this to your list of pickle-infused treats to try on the Midway!


Beer Pairing for Your Pickle Pizza:

Banff Ave. Brewing Company’s Bow River Pilsner. The light and crisp flavours of the pickles and beer compliment each other well, making this pairing the ideal choice for a hot day on the Stampede grounds!


Drink A Fruit, From A Fruit!’s UBE Soft Serve in a Pineapple


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This sweet potato soft serve is sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds and served in a pineapple! The taste is humbly sweet and sure to be one of the most delightful, out-of-the-box treats you’ll try on the Midway!


Beer Pairing for Your Soft Serve:

Banded Peak Brewing Company’s Chinook Saison. Closing out our Albertan beer picks is this saison, which should pair well with your soft serve as a deliciously fresh palate cleanser for the day. Plus, the snack is in a pineapple – you’re being healthy.



Not a Calgary Stampede kind of person? Check out these pairings instead:

Craft Beer & Barbecue Pairings & 5 Beer BBQ Sauce Recipes
The Best Beer Pairings for Your Favourite Fast Food Orders
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