If you love craft beer then you won’t want to miss these amazing breweries in Calgary.
With over 40 breweries in Calgary alone, it’s no surprise that Alberta has exploded as the brewing powerhouse that it was destined to be.
People are trading in their liquor store tried and trues for something a little more unique and new. What are these microbreweries all about? Innovative blends, enhanced flavour profiles, and clever names are packaged using unforgettable artwork.
Whether you’re looking to take a tour and learn about the craft, or simply enjoy a craft beer and unwind over some great conversation… Calgary breweries have got you covered.
We’ve compiled a list of the best breweries in Calgary that will have your tastebuds hop, malt, and barreling.
New in Town
Since 2013, The Calgary craft beer scene has seen rapid growth. Here are some new Calgary breweries worthy of checking out if you want to relax and enjoy a local beer this fall.
Tailgunner Brewing Company
If you’re a craft beer drinker who has come to expect consistent quality beer, then Tailgunner Brewing Company has got your back. With innovative recipes and time-honoured traditions, Tailgunner pours first-class beers each and every time.
Located in Southwest Calgary, Tailgunner offers a specialized menu of snacks, shareables, salads, handhelds, and sweets. You can count on seeing three of their classic brews while visiting, a traditional Czech-style pilsner called Lint Stephenson, a German-style lager called Sentinel, and a hazy pale ale called Dame Dorthey.
After enjoying some conversation in their beer hall created for comfort, goodwill and celebration, you may not want to go home! When you do, take home your favourite brews of the night.
33 Acres Brewing Company
Located in Southwest Calgary, 33 Acres Brewing Company is a new brewery that aims to create an inclusive space built on community-sharing values. Fine craft beer, purposeful design, and success through hard work are what they stand for.
Stop by this new craft brewery to enjoy one of their 11 craft beers with flavour profiles that range from fruity orange peel to dark chocolate. While you’re there grab a bite to eat from their snack menu which includes classics like chips and dip, a charcuterie board, and a tuna melt.
If brunch is more your thing, this brewery has quite the popular brunch menu to be enjoyed in a bright, comfortable and impeccably designed interior.
Evil Corporation Brewing
These brews are everything but evil, the name comes from a nod to the founders’ successful corporate backgrounds and a playful satire of 80’s science fiction. Evil Corporation Brewing is truly all about producing the highest quality beer and giving back to its community.
Usually, their beers were only available at liquor stores, but with Evil Corporation's new headquarters you can now get your fills directly from the brewery’s taproom. Stop by to pick up a selection of their eight beers currently on tap.
Located in Southeast Calgary, the brewery is in the process of opening a taproom and patio this fall. Promises are that this will be a brewery and taproom experience like no other, so stay tuned for updates on their website.
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The Establishment Brewing Company
Awarded 2021 Canadian Brewery of the Year and 2021 Alberta Brewery of the Year, The Establishment Brewing Company has built a name for itself through palate-pleasing and award-winning beers.
Located in Southeast Calgary, their taproom is bright and welcoming with a subtle cozy vibe. You’ll get to enjoy a rotation of drinkable core and seasonal beers, barrel-aged sours, hop-forward ales, European lagers, and everything in between.
The Establishment Brewing Company has an art program that provides local artists with a chance to be featured on labels and bottles. Open every day except for Mondays, online orders are available through their website.
Citizen Brewing Company
Citizen Brewing Company doesn’t cut corners or compromise when it comes to crafting quality beers. Their mission is to only serve beers that they are intensely proud of and would personally drink. By holding a Citizen in your hand, you are helping to support the 8 initiatives the company is involved in that work to make the world a better place.
Located in Northeast Calgary, their impressive 50-seat taproom rests between Tuxedo and Highland Park. Enjoy food and drinks in their dog-friendly hop and vegetable garden that sprawls over two patios and seats 200 people.
Open 7 days a week, you’re always welcome to stop by for a pint or grab a few cans to go.
Cold Garden Beverage Company
Cold Garden Beverage Company is a microbrewery that put down roots in the vibrant community of Inglewood. Their goal is to provide a lineup of both traditional and eccentric beers while bringing a casual and eclectic vibe to the community.
Located in Southeast Calgary, you’ll want to visit Cold Garden to discover creative beers that you just won’t find anywhere else. Wonder what we mean? On the menu, you’ll find a birthday cake ale called Cakeface, and a vanilla cappuccino porter called The All-Nighter.
Bond with friends over craft beers and board games in a chill, dog-friendly environment.
Common Crown Brewing Company
In 2020, Common Crown Brewing Company was awarded Brewery of the Year in the Canadian Brewing Awards. They believe that important ingredients in their beer don’t just appear on the label, but in the committed team of people that bring skill and creativity to their artfully crafted beers.
Located in Northeast Calgary, stop by for good times and great conversations over award-winning beers that you just can’t miss out on. Choose from well-balanced and approachable beers like the Journeyman IPA, or a seasonal beer like the Apricot Sour.
Catch them while they’re open from Thursday to Sunday.
Village Brewery has been inspiring ideas, forging new friendships, and helping bring people together for over ten years. On a quest to become the ultimate community-focused craft brewery in Calgary, their beers have shown up at music festivals, weddings, birthdays, and countless summer nights.
Located in Southeast Calgary, Village Brewery is home to a stunning interior rooftop bar with an even better view. Stop by their taproom or patio for a wide selection of beer along with new activities and events every week.
Some local favourites include Village Squeeze, Binge Watch, and Misheard Lyric. All of which are available online.
Tool Shed Brewing
As an award-winning trailblazer, Tool Shed Brewing is the brainchild of two friends taking a hobby way too far. From its inception in a backyard tool shed, it’s become a running favourite brewery in Calgary not just for its beer but its BBQ too.
Located in Northeast Calgary, Tool Shed has brought award-winning BBQ to the city through their team at Notorious P.I.G., which has been competing in national and international BBQ competitions. Some notable items are their smoked beef brisket, smash burger, and ribs which have been called the best in the city.
Open seven days a week, stop by their taproom and check out the acclaimed patio and stellar service.
Prairie Dog Brewing
Prairie Dog Brewing is a family-owned craft microbrewery that doubles as a family-friendly brewpub with a focus on delicious barbecue.
Located in Southeast Calgary, their kitchen is run by a Red-Seal certified executive chef and most things on the menu use high-quality local ingredients. While enjoying their house-smoked meats you’ll want to try some of their house-made craft beers by the glass… or the pitcher.
Staff are knowledgeable and can recommend great pairings to go with your BBQ, and they even offer gluten-free alcoholic options. Their beer labels and cans feature art from local artists.
Dandy Brewing Company
Passion for brewing, people, processes, and experiences are what make Dandy Brewing Company so special. Their unique approach to brewing fosters creativity in their recipes and beer styles making them a thoughtful and innovative craft brewery.
Located in Southeast Calgary, visit Dandy for its wonderful selection of ales and unique sours. Enjoy an atmosphere full of playful local art or cozy up on the patio by the fire pits. Pair your beer with a small tasting menu that consists of pizzas and salads.
Once known as “the original little brewery,” they’ve made a name for themselves and earned a Canadian “most notable brewery” award in 2019.
Just as its name suggests, Eighty-Eight Brewing is an 80’s inspired brewery that will transport you back in time and fill you with some major nostalgia. Feast your eyes on the decor of retro TVs, neon lights, boomboxes, gaming consoles, and Olympic memorabilia.
Located in Southeast Calgary, visit their vibrant taproom for well-crafted beers such as the tropical IPA, Wavepool, or their American pale ale, Hammer Pants. Gluten-free options are available for those who are sensitive.
Head upstairs to their pizza parlour, Portland Street Pizza, where you’ll be able to munch on hot squares, slung daily!
Annex Ale Project
Through fearless ambition and innovative ideas, the aim of Annex Ale Project is to bring new experiences to its guests. With a modern and minimalistic atmosphere, their taproom is perfect for sharing a pint or filling a growler to take home.
Located in Southeast Calgary, stop by for one of their four year-round beers and a variety of award-winning experimental and seasonal beers. If non-alcoholic beverages are your thing then test out their signature craft sodas, Root Beer and Ginger Beer, which also happen to be award-winning.
If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat while you’re here you’ll have the option of ordering from their neighbours Lil’ Empire Burgers.
Cabin Brewing Company
If you’re looking for a family-friendly taproom with a sunny patio that feels like a cozy getaway then you’ll want to visit Cabin Brewing Company. The atmosphere is inclusive and encourages patrons to relax, be themselves, and make some memories over a great beer.
Located in Southeast Calgary, stop by for some of their flavorful core beers such as Super Saturation, Sunshine, and Retrospectrum.
For the hungry, feast your tastebuds on a charcuterie platter, pretzel dogs, or their outrageously delicious New Zealand meat pies.
A vibrant spirit is what you get by combining great craft beer with an artistic vibe, and that’s exactly what Railyard Brewing is all about. This craft brewery is passionate about innovation and taste, and it shows.
Located in Northeast Calgary, stop by to enjoy great beer and great food in a setting inspired by the graffitied rail cars that carry malts to breweries. Railyard is a great venue for gatherings, hosting a selection of events and game equipment. From ping pong to comedy nights, there’s never a dull moment.
Choose from their line-up of six core blends or a hefty rotation of seasonals. Grab some grub from their menu that includes things like pretzels and butter chicken pie.
The Well Knowns
These originals have been providing Calgary with beer making at its finest since before it was cool.
Big Rock Brewery
With breweries in Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto, Big Rock Brewery has committed to excellence since 1985. Their three bold original European-inspired offerings have grown to a list of ten signature beers, eight seasonals, and four ciders.
Located in Southeast Calgary, stop by for beers brewed on-site matched with a beer-inspired menu specially created by their executive chef. Enjoy an afternoon of beer tasting while knowledgable experts take you on a brewery tour where you’ll experience their passion for the craft firsthand.
Wild Rose Brewery
Coming from block parties and community building, Wild Rose Brewery now has a state-of-the-art brewery, world-class brewers, and one of Alberta’s finest craft quality control labs.
Located in Southwest Calgary, the Wild Rose taproom is located in an old rustic airplane hangar which provides patrons with an atmosphere of unmatched character. Visit for fresh, authentic beers and a locally curated menu.
Rent their unique space for parties and gatherings, or order their craft beers through their website where you’ll be able to mix and match your choices for a personalized selection.
Minhas Micro Brewery
Over the past 15 years, Minhas Micro Brewery has produced widely popular and award-winning Canadian beers such as Boxer, Clear Creek Ice, and Mountain Crest.
Located in Northeast Calgary at the foot of the rocky mountains, Minhas Micro Brewery is one of Calgary’s largest Canadian breweries.
Visit for a stellar brewery tour where you’ll learn how to brew, age, and bottle craft beers from some of the best brewers in Canada. After you’re finished, stop by the Pizza Brew Restaurant to enjoy some fresh pizza and some great Canadian beers in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.
Still thirsty? Here are some honourable mentions.
In case you haven’t noticed, Calgary has no shortage of great breweries to choose from!
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