Hail the ale: 5 of Calgary's best breweries

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Beer is bigger than ever right now, so it’s no surprise that there are all manner of great breweries serving thirsty Calgarians across the city. To celebrate, join us as we hail the ale with a look at some of Calgary’s best breweries.

Wild Rose Brewery Ltd.

Wild Rose has been around since 1996 and was launched to “free ourselves from the tyranny of boring beer”. Voted as Calgary’s favourite brew pub six years running, this local brewery is so popular that they are having troubles keeping up with demand.

Address: 4580 Quesnay Wood Dr SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-720-2733
Website: Wildrosebrewery.com

Types of beers: IPA, Velvet Fog, Wraspberry, Electric Avenue, and more!

Big Rock Brewery

Big Rock was founded in 1984 by Ed McNally and named after a multi-tonne quartzite glacial deposit located outside of Okotoks, Alberta. The brewery has since expanded and now has multiple breweries and a huge assortment of beers.

Address: 5555 76 Ave SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-720-3239
Website: Bigrockbeer.com

Types of beers: Grasshopper, Honey Brown, IPA, Traditional, Winter Spice, Cider and tons more.

Brewsters Brewing Company

Founded in 1989 by Michael Lanigan, Brewsters has been refining the art of beer in Western Canada for more than 16 years. Brewsters goal is to combine beer brewed with passion, with an outstanding dining experience at their multiple restaurants. They started off small and have since grown all over Alberta.

Address: 755 Lake Bonavista Dr SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-225-2739
Website: Brewsters.ca

Types of beers: Original Lager, Farmer’s Tan White Ale, Bow Valley Brown, Peach Fuzz Wheat Ale, Oilberta Stout and more.

Village Brewery

Village Brewery started with friends sharing beers and dreams for a community brewery. They strive to support Calgary’s artists and craftspeople and create excellent ales and lagers. It takes a village to raise a beer and a beer to raise a village.

Address: 5000 12a St SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-243-3327
Website: Villagebrewery.com

Types of beers: Grand Father, Village Triplet, Village Blonde, Village Blacksmith, Village WiT, Village Maiden

Minhas Micro Brewery

The Minhas Brewery was started by siblings Ravinder and Manjit Minhas in 1993, when the Alberta Government privatized the retail liquor industry. The company’s slogan is “Damn Good Beer” and it certainly lives up to its billing.

Address: 1314 44 Ave NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-695-3701
Website: Minhasbrewery.com

Types of beers: Lazy Mutt: Wheat Ale, Red Alre, IPA, Hafeweizen, Oktober fest and more.

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Kaitlyn Johnson Kaitlyn Johnson is a former City Editor of Calgary Buzz. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in linguistics and finds the inner workings of language fascinating. She is the wife of a loving husband and owns a cat, who is incredibly stubborn.
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