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Calgary Breweries to Explore in 2021

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Alberta is quickly becoming a craft beer powerhouse province in Canada and Calgary is leading the way with over 40 breweries to choose from and more popping up every year. We’ve picked our top 10 favorites for you to get out and enjoy.

What are the top breweries in Calgary?

Within Alberta’s largest city reside an incredible selection of craft breweries for you to enjoy. Whether you’re enjoying the short but sweet Alberta summer and searching for the best patio or enduring the long cold winter and need a pint to fight the cold, you won’t have to look far to find a great craft beer in Calgary.

Calgary is home to large well-known labels, such as Wild Rose Brewery and Big Rock Brewery, as well as home to many smaller, up-and-coming craft breweries. If you’re just venturing into the world of crafty microbrews, keep your mind open, and your tastebuds prepped from some delicious, innovative, and refreshing brews. Calgary is a great city to explore the world of craft beer!

How we picked the best Calgary Breweries?

With every ‘top breweries’ post that we write, we make sure to do diligent online research to determine who makes it on our list. From reading online reviews and reviewing beer selections, to checking other authority websites and of course, sampling their beers. We do our best to take all the information we collect and give you our opinion of the top breweries in Calgary.

However, we know we aren’t perfect and if we’ve missed a Calgary brewery that you think should be on this list, please write a comment below and we’ll consider adding them!

THE BEST CALGARY BREWERIES

It’s almost impossible to stay up to date on the newest craft breweries opening up in Calgary so stay tuned as we continue to release “best of Calgary” lists. For now, take a peek through our current list of Calgary Craft Breweries.

Common Crown
Photo Source: Common Crown Brewing Facebook Page

Common Crown Brewing Co.

Recently named Canada’s Brewery of the year, this was an easy addition to our list of top Calgary breweries. Their motto “crafting beer for good times and great conversations” is fitting as you’ll have lots to talk about with their lineup of beers. Featuring a reliable rotation that’s always on hand as well as seasonal releases, no matter what time of year you find yourself at Common Crown Brewing, you’re sure to find one to satisfy your beer craving.

  • Address: 943 28 St NE, Calgary, AB T2A 7X1
  • Beers to try: Hef Off! Hefeweizen and Coppersmith Brown Ale
  • www.commoncrown.ca
Establishment Brewing
Photo Source: Establishment Brewing Facebook Page

The Establishment Brewing Company

The Establishment Brewing Company was started by a group of friends in the basement of a house. This humble beginning paved the way for the brewery as we know it today. Still focused on friendship and beer, but now expanding their friend circle to anyone who also loves craft beer and wants to share that love. You’re guaranteed to enjoy some great beer and great music at this brewery.

  • Address: 4407 1 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2L2
  • Beers to try: My Best Friend’s Girl Kölsch-Style Ale and Jam Rock Blackberry Sour with Vanilla
  • establishmentbrewing.ca
Prairie Dog
Photo Source: Prairie Dog Brewing Instagram Page

Prairie Dog Brewing

This family-owned craft brewery doubles as a delicious BBQ restaurant. Beer and BBQ, what more do you need?! You can expect great pairing recommendations from the staff at Prairie Dog Brewing so make sure you come with an empty stomach and expect to leave with your pants feeling just a bit tighter.

  • Address: 105D 58 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0N8
  • Beers to try: Gunnison’s American Red Ale and Berry Manly Belgian Blonde with Raspberry
  • www.prairiedogbrewing.ca
Dandy
Photo Source: Dandy Brewing Facebook Page

Dandy Brewing Company

This brewery may be on the smaller side, but they are known for producing big, full-flavored beers.  Their ales and sours are known around town as some of the best, even earning them a “most notable brewery” award in 2019. Its funky decor and new-school brews make it a must-visit if you’re in Calgary.

  • Address: 2003 11 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 3G6
  • Beers to try: Dandy in the Underworld Oyster Stout and The Jungle Bird Tropical Dark Sour
  • thedandybrewingcompany.com
Zero Issue
Photo Source: Zero Issue Brewing Facebook Page

Zero Issue Brewing

The brothers behind Zero Issue have created a space that merges their childhood love for science fiction and comic books and their adult passion for brewing and drinking great beer into this cool concept brewery. Your eyes and your mouth will have plenty to enjoy at this brewery.

Cold Garden
Photo Source: Cold Garden Beverage Co. Facebook Page

Cold Garden Beverage Company

Eclectic, eccentric, kitschy – these are just some of the terms that describe this microbrewery. Whether describing their decor style or their approach to beer, the terms seem fitting. They have a large lineup of smartly named brews on tap with new seasonal and rotational brews constantly showing up. There’s always something new to experience at Cold Garden so get your butt’s over there and enjoy their space and their beer as soon as you can.

  • Address: 1100 11 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4T3
  • Beers to try: Red Smashed in Buffalo Jump Irish Red Ale and Cakeface Marzen
  • www.coldgarden.ca
Banded Peak
Photo Source: Banded Peak Brewing Facebook Page

Banded Peak Brewing

This brewery was designed to take the secret out of brewing beer. Their production area is completely open for viewing and its open-air design offers a refreshing take on a modern-day brewery. Branded as “adventurous beer for adventurous people”, Banded Peak’s lineup offers an array of beer flavours and styles to suit everyone’s tastes.

  • Address: 519 34 Ave SE #119, Calgary, AB T2G 1V1
  • Beers to try: Tooth & Claw Cherry Saison and Javalancehe Oatmeal Coffee Milk Stout Breakfast Beer
  • bandedpeakbrewing.com
Good Mood
Photo Source: Good Mood Brewery Facebook Page

Good Mood Brewery

Based on a simple philosophy of “do good things and drink good beer”, Good Mood Brewery aims to bring a reputation of positivity to the industry. They’re focused on using natural and fresh ingredients in all of their brews. So take a breath of fresh air and get your good mood on as you enjoy this brewery.

  • Address: 4416 64 Ave SE #2123, Calgary, AB T2C 2B3
  • Beers to try: Cream Ale and Porter
  • goodmoodbrewery.com
Annex Ale
Photo Source: Annex Ale Facebook Page

Annex Ale Project

This minimalistic and modern brewery is not only great for brew lovers but also for those not in the mood for beer. Annex Ale offers an array of award-winning beers and sodas and is definitely worth a visit.

  • Address: 4323 1 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2L2
  • Beers to try: Better Days Vienna Lager and Force Majeure New England IPA
  • www.annexales.com
Tool Shed
Photo Source: Tool Shed Brewing Facebook Page

Tool Shed Brewing Company

You don’t have to think too hard to figure out the back story behind this brewery’s namesake. This “hobby gone too far” had resulted in a long time favorite brewery in Calgary. With its grassroots charm and tasty lineup of beers, it’s a great choice to round of our list.

Well, there you have it! Our top 10 favorite breweries in Calgary, AB.

Make sure to go and check these Calgary breweries out, grab a pint (or 2), and tag @craftbeer_guide in your photos!

If we’ve missed any of your favourite Calgary breweries and you think they should be added to the list, share it with us in the comments below!

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