EVENTS at YYCBeerWeek 2018: Calgary’s Craft Beer Week
#YYCBeerWeek is back for it’s second year! Join beer lovers all around the great city of Calgary to celebrate our craft brewers and talented chefs all while giving back to the community. Great brews, delicious food, charity donations, good times and a sense of community is what this week is all about.
By The Beer Community on Jun. 04, 2018
The Craft Evolution – YYCBEERWEEK 2018
There are a few changes from last year’s YYCBeerWeek that are going to make this year better than ever. It has evolved into a full week event, running Monday through Sunday this year instead of the way-too-short 5 days of the 2017 beer festival. There are plenty of activities to participate in and you can feel good knowing every sip of craft beer you have at participating locations means you’re giving back to your community. This is a beer festival like no other. Yes, YYCBeerWeek is a celebration of the craft revolution, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a community of chefs, brewers, restauranteurs, beer lovers and beer newbies getting together to celebrate what Calgary has to offer in creativity and generosity of spirit. Brought to you by BeerGuysYYC, there are activities all over the city for you to enjoy so join us June 4 – 10, 2018 for an unforgettable week.
This is what it means to drink local!
Do NOT Miss These Events!
…more events will be added on the regular so check back!
MONDAY EVENTS – YYCBEERWEEK
Official YYC Beer Week 2018 Launch Party
Monday, June 4 | 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Trolley 5 Restaurant & Brewery
The kick-off to YYCBeerWeek 2018! Taste the official YYCBeerWeek 2018 collaboration brew, handcrafted by more than a dozen local brewmaster. Your ticket also includes a free pint of any Trolley 5 core brew! A portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to KidSport Calgary. Food specials and beer specials are also available, including $8 half-racks of slow Smoked St. Louis Ribs!
TUESDAY EVENTS – YYCBEERWEEK
Honorary Brewmaster’s Dinner With Big Rock Brewery
Tuesday, June 5 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Craft Beer Market Downtown
In honour of Big Rock Brewery founder Ed McNally, CRAFT Beer Market Downtown (10th Ave SW) has partnered with our good friends at Big Rock Brewery to bring you a special instalment of their Brewmaster’s Dinner Series.
Ed was a true pioneer in the craft beer Industry, laying the framework for Canada’s craft brewing movement. On Tuesday, June 5, join us as we raise a glass and celebrate Ed with a four-course dinner featuring some of Big Rock’s finest barrel-aged beers. These limited-release Barrel-Aged Edition brews will include a Rye Barrel-Aged Ale, Scotch Barrel-Aged Ale, and a Flemish Red Ale. Big Rock will also have two special edition casks! Executive Chef, Cory Welsch is creating a menu designed to cut or compliment while maintaining a balance of flavours for both food and beer. This is one historic feast you won’t want to miss!
Free Brewery Tour & Tasting At Caravel
Tuesday, June 5 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Caravel Craft Brewery
Caravel Craft Brewery is celebrating YYCBeerWeek with a FREE tour on Tuesday, June 5 at 7pm! Space is VERY limited and will sell-out fast. Please reserve your spot! The tour starts with a tasting of Caravel’s high quality craft brews and is followed by an interactive tour of the brewing facility behind the taproom!
*Children are allowed in the brewery however because this is an industrial production space, please take precautions.
WEDNESDAY EVENTS – YYCBEERWEEK
Poutine & Beer Pairing
Wednesday, June 6 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Mill Street BrewPub Calgary
Calgary Poutine Week and Alberta Beer Festival’s Brew Ed instructor, Dave Nuttall, are partnering with Mill Street Brewpub to bring YYCBeerWeek guests an exclusive (and cheesy) poutine & beer pairing extravaganza!
Women In Craft Beer Exclusive Tasting
Wednesday, June 6 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The Brewer’s Apprentice
On Wednesday, June 6th, from 6 PM to 8 PM, The Brewers Apprentice in partnership with Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co. is hosting an exclusive Women in Craft Beer tasting event in support of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Cellared Beer Tasting At Village Brewery
Wednesday, June 6 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
On Wednesday, June 6th, enjoy an evening in the Village taproom and experience an intimate tasting of beers from their cellar! Your ticket includes a tour of the brewery as well as 5oz samples of:
- Village Friend – Imperial Golden Stout Feb 2018
- Village Friend – Banded Belgian Tripel Feb 2017 (Bronze Medalist at the Canadian Brewing Awards 2017)
- Village Father – ESB 2017
- Village Senator – White IPA 2017
- Village Monk – Chai Winter Porter 2016
- Village Monk – Chai Winter Porter 2017
- Village Gardener – Basil IPA 2016
- Village Gardener – Beet Session ale 2017
- Village Merchant – Hefeweizen 2017
Proceeds from the tasting will be donated to the Progressive Alternative Society of Calgary.
Last Best Social Club
Wednesday, June 6 | 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Last Best Brewing & Distilling
Join Adam and the boys for the Last Best Social Club – a gathering for beer tasting and discussion. $10 gets you three 12oz sleeves of beer. No pretension, Just Beer! No registration required. BeerGuysYYC Pro Tip: get there 30 mins early – seats are limited and it fills up fast.
Learning Seminar with Certified Cicerone Natasha Peiskar
Wednesday, June 6 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Tool Shed Brewing
On Wednesday, June 6, join Tool Shed’s own Brewer and Certified Cicerone, Natasha Peiskar, for a fun-filled evening of learning and beer! Explore the Tool Shed brewing facility, find out how to build a beer recipe, learn the most common off-flavours, and more!! Admission includes (1) 16oz pint and all the knowledge you can handle.
THURSDAY EVENTS – YYCBEERWEEK
Railyard Pig, Beer & Bbq
Thursday, June 7 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Jane Bond BBQ
Jane Bond BBQ & Railyard Brewery pair up to bring us the first ever Railyard Pig Beer & BBQ Tasting on Thursday, June 7th!
Set in the stylish and homey BBQ lounge in the heart of International Avenue at Jane Bond BBQ, enjoy a four-course BBQ meal with favourites like Jerk Chicken, Coconut Cornbread and much more, paired by the Brewmasters at Railyard Brewery who will pour their fashionable Pale Ale, IPA, Nitro Stout and Lager.
Watch some classic Western Films, take in some reggae or Blues music, and enjoy the best flavours Jane Bond and Railyard Brewing have to offer!
SOLD OUT! Blues & Brews Adult’s Night At The Calgary Zoo
Thursday, June 7 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Calgary Zoo
The Calgary Zoo is kicking off the summer with their first adults night of the year in partnership with YYCBeerWeek! Festivities will include live blues music, food, beer samples and of course, animals! (Note: This is an adults only event).
Cold Garden Post-Zoo After Party
Thursday, June 7 | 9:00 – 11:00 pm
Cold Garden Brewery
Let’s keep the party bumpin’! Cold Garden is staying open late for anyone who feels like having an extra brew after the zoo.
Thursday, June 7, after Adults Night at the Calgary Zoo, join us across the bridge in Inglewood at Cold Garden brewery.
No tickets required. Just stop by!
Three Sisters OG ART Painting at Caravel
Thursday, June 7 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Caravel Craft Brewery
Join OG Art and Caravel Craft Brewery Thursday, June 7th, from 7 PM to 9 PM in the taproom for an family-friendly evening of art and craft beer! You will have an entertaining & knowledgeable art instructor to break the ice and guide you through an AWESOME (and addictive) 2-hour painting experience! There will be music and drinks! Caravel Craft Brewery does not have a kitchen, but you’re more than welcome to order take-out, or bring something from home. All art supplies and beer is provided. Minors are welcome!
FRIDAY EVENTS – YYCBEERWEEK
Cask Battle & Gold Cask Award
Friday, June 8 | 4:30 – 7:00 pm
Craft Beer Market 10th Avenue
Join us for the 2nd annual YYCBeerWeek Cask Battle as more than 15 of Calgary’s finest craft breweries compete for the illustrious Gold Cask Award! Watch Wild Rose Brewery defend their title at Craft Beer Market as you sample each cask and live vote for your favourite brew through the JustBeer App. Voting results are displayed in real time on TV screens around the bar. CLICK HERE to download the JustBeer App — the official App of #YYCBeerWeek. This is one event you won’t want to miss.
SATURDAY EVENTS – YYCBEERWEEK
Barley Belt History Bike Tour
Saturday, June 7 | 12:00 pm – 6:00 am
Entrance of the Union Cemetery
On Saturday, June 9th, join the Barley Belt YYC for a history lesson on beer in Calgary! Start the day in Union Cemetery at the grave of A.E. Cross, founder of the Calgary Brewing and Malting Company. Learn about the brewery’s history and Cross’s imprint on the brewing landscape in YYC. Afterward, pedal down to the Barley Belt for a day of exploring, and learn the politics behind today’s modern brewery revival in YYC.
- Noon – Meet at the main entrance to Union Cemetary – MAP
- 1pm – Paddys BBQ & Brewery
- 2pm – Banded Peak Brewing
- 3pm – Born Colorado Brewing
- 4pm – Annex Ale Project
- 5pm – Village Brewery
No tickets or RSVP required. Simply show up and enjoy the ride!
Beer Basics At Big Rock Brewery
Saturday, June 7 | 3:30 pm – 5:30 am
Big Rock Brewery
To help celebrate YYCBeerWeek, our friends at Big Rock Brewery are hosting a special Beer Basics Course! Join us on June 9th to taste and learn about four classic styles of beer brewed by Big Rock Brewery and finish the day off with pizza!! Your ticket includes beer, pizza, and all the beer knowledge you can handle.
Tiki Garden Party At Azuridge Estate
Saturday, June 7 | 4:00 pm – 1:00 am
Azuridge Estate Hotel
Grab your Hawaiian shirts, floral dresses, summer hats and come get lei’d! On Saturday, June 9th, we’ve partnered with one of the most beautiful hotels in Western Canada to bring you the annual Azuridge Estate Hotel Tiki Party!
If you attended last year, you know it’s one of the BEST parties of the summer, and we’ve negotiated a special discount for YYCBeerWeek attendees, including entry ticket and round-trip bus transportation from five convenient pick-up locations across the city. Use promo code BEERGUYS and save $10 at checkout.
Wild Rose Brewery – $6 IPA Special
Throughout the #YYCBeerWeek, Wild Rose Brewery features a different special each day in the Currie Barracks tap room. On Saturday it’s $6 for a cold pint of the North American IPA: Our award-winning IPA is a beautiful copper-coloured ale, rich in caramel malt character and well balanced with plenty of hops. A true India Pale Ale, handcrafted for the true ale drinker… or for anyone looking to enjoy their brew on the high seas. $1 from every pint sold goes to support the Military Museums of Calgary.
SUNDAY EVENTS – YYCBEERWEEK
Sunday Hangover Brunch At Fergus & Bix
Sunday, June 10 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fergus & Bix Restaurant and Beer Market
Got a case of the YYCBeerWeek hangover blues? Not to worry, Fergus & Bix has you covered with the best hangover brunch menu in the city at TWO locations in Calgary.
West Springs and MacKenzie Towne
The Beer: Wild Rose Brewery Springbank Amber Ale
The Dish: Chicken and Waffles – this dish includes house-made light and crispy Belgian waffles served with fresh arugula, bacon and crispy southern fried chicken. The batter includes Wild Rose Springbank Amber Ale, served with house maple hot sauce and syrup! Special Price: $13 ($4 off! dish only, beer extra)
In Support of: Rainbow Society of Alberta
Check back for updates on upcoming events and stayed tuned for your chance to WIN tickets to the Launch Party and the Cask Battles through JustBeer Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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