There used to be one or two breweries around town and look at us now! Calgary has over 40 craft breweries! So many that it's tough to visit them all, a good problem to have. And the cool thing about the craft beer industry is that micro-breweries are so supportive of each other. It's not a competition, there's enough customers to support all of these great places. Well, as long as we are doing our job to GO THERE AND DRINK! So GO. Go support the local craft beer industry and check each of these off your "to drink" list.
Like choosing your favorite child, it's hard to pick one when you love them all dearly. So while I don't want to exclude any of these fantastic beer-making businesses, there are some breweries I will recommend visiting before others. People ask me this ALL THE TIME, so here are my top 6.
Loving the flavor combinations coming out of Railyard these days, especially the sours. Their peach sour is a well known and loved beer you have to try! Also despite that their tap room is a bit of a drive (close to the airport) it's really welcoming inside and has a great atmosphere.
Here's a list of all of Calgary's breweries (with taprooms) in reverse chronological order.
If you're the competitive type you're gonna try to visit them all, you know, just so you can brag about how sophisticated you are. Not to brag, but I'm at like 36 breweries (hair flip). If you want a printed list to track your progress, download a pdf I made below. I'll still beat you though.
If you're still reading you're definitely the kind of person who wants brewery bragging rights. You can visit all of Calgary's micro-brewery's in 6 weeks (one tour per weekend) if you follow each of the brewery tour maps I've included below. Some are walkable brewery tours others require transportation. Below each map is a link to the tour in Google Maps. Send it to yourself or go old school and print it.
Longest tour! I recommend an early start and a full stomach of BBQ from Paddy's BBQ and brewery.
Heart of the Barley Belt! These breweries are close enough you can walk, bike, jog, or stumble your way through. Ends at Revival Brewcade so you can finish with bonus video games!
Mostly made up of older restaurant/pub style breweries. This tour can be walked or stumbled! (note that Last Best is last, ha! the irony)
Requires a little more drive time. Some of the older breweries on here.
Spread out in the North. The coldest tour, haha just kidding.
Its a drive to get to the start of this tour, but... then it's only 2 stops!
If you want to add a 3rd bonus brewery, head out to Airdrie to check out Fitzsimmons Brewing! They do brewery tours every Saturday at 3pm.
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