Best craft breweries near Calgary to try at least once

Oct 12 2022, 11:15 pm

Nothing pairs better with adventure than a nice cold beer, so track down a designated driver and journey outside the city to discover the best craft breweries near Calgary.

There are plenty of great breweries IN Calgary, but what about when you venture outside the city limits?

From Canmore to Black Diamond, Cochrane to Lundbreck Falls, and beyond, these spots merit a stop on your travels or a trip of their own.

Quench your thirst and see more of our beautiful province and its varying landscape as you hit up these fine establishments (responsibly, of course).

Here are 16 of the best craft breweries near Calgary in southern Alberta.

Medicine Hat Brewing Company

With 23 brews on tap, craft food, and live music playing regularly in the taproom, this is definitely one of the best craft breweries near Calgary, and one of the best places full-stop in Medicine Hat.

Address: 1366 Brier Park Drive NW, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Phone: 403-525-1260

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Township 24

Township 24 in Chestermere pays homage to Township Line 24, extending from Empress in the east to Canmore in the west, and the agricultural land in between, which produces some of the highest quality malt barley in the world. Try the Dominion Kolsch, Meridian Black Lager, or Stolen Canoe Pale Ale paired with one of the personal pizzas.

Address: 100 Rainbow Road, Chestermere, Alberta
Phone: 403-460-8696

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Half Hitch Brewing Company

Cochrane’s family-owned and operated microbrewery serves up fresh eats alongside delicious pints in this restaurant. Beer offerings have names like Papa Bear, Farmer’s Daughter, and Shotgun Wedding, plus Half Hitch features seasonal brews like this summer’s Prairie Wit.

Address: #1 10 Griffin Industrial Point, Cochrane, Alberta
Phone: 403-988-4214

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Canmore Brewing Company

With beer crafted at 1,309 metres, Canmore Brewing Company pours refreshing beverages from their brewery and tasting room, where you’ll find views of the mountains from the patio and hear the occasional train whistle by. In addition to the year-round lineup of beers, it also has seasonal brews, pilot brews, and brand-new Beer Cocktails.

Address: 1460 Railway Avenue, Canmore, Alberta
Phone: 403-678-2337

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Sheepdog Brewing

This local Canmore hub is a small-batch microbrewery focused on quality ingredients and rotating beer styles. It brews approximately 500 litres of beer per batch, which allows the opportunity to have lots of variety. And with a name like “Sheepdog,” how could it not be dog friendly? Your four-legged friend is allowed at the brewery’s patio and on the main floor.

Address: #112 105 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore, Alberta
Phone: 403-679-4009

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The Grizzly Paw Pub & Brewing Company

 

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Pouring pints from two locations in Canmore is The Grizzly Paw. In addition to great-tasting beers, it also offers canned cocktails such as the Gin Squeeze, Mountain Mule, and Grizzly Greyhound, along with craft soda. Even better, The Grizzly Paw just opened Grizzly BBQ, located behind the taproom, where it’ll be serving up Alberta beef, chicken, and pork.

Address: 310 Old Canmore Road, Canmore, Alberta (Taproom)
Phone: 403-678-2487

Address: 622 8th Street, Canmore, Alberta (Pub)
Phone: 403-678-9983

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Banff Ave Brewing Co.

Located in the heart of downtown Banff, this brewery pairs classy pub food with freshly crafted beer. As a sister company to Calgary’s Last Best Brewing and Distilling, Jasper’s Jasper Brewing Co., Fort McMurray’s Babe Brewing, and Edmonton’s Campio Brewing Co., you’ll find beers like Black Pil, White Wit, Ride or Dry, and more at Banff Ave Brewing Co.

Address: 110 Banff Avenue, Banff, Alberta
Phone: 403-762-1003

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Brauerei Fahr

 

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Fahr boasts “traditional German beer, brewed strictly in Alberta.” The Turner Valley brewery sells its Hefe, Pils, and Copper beers year round, with seasonal offerings like Munich, Hoppy Hefe, and Radler also making it into the menu.

Address: 123 Kennedy Drive SE, Turner Valley, Alberta
Phone: 403-800-6098

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Hard Knox Brewery

Hard Knox is located in Black Diamond, with plenty of outdoor space in its Beer Gardens to lounge and enjoy an afternoon outdoors with a pint. This summer, sample the R&R Raspberry Rhubarb ale, a Hard Knox Sangria, or a crisp Black Diamond Blonde.

Address: 445 1st Avenue NE, Black Diamond, Alberta
Phone: 403-800-5603

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Hub Town Brewing

 

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Just south of Calgary in Okotoks is Hub Town Brewing, home of an adorable patio and family-friendly main level. Try the 1882 Okotoks Golden Ale, Mister Pink Radler, or Colour Blind Belgian IPA.

Address: 41 Elizabeth Street, Okotoks, Alberta
Phone: 403-826-6864

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High River Brewing Company

 

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High River Brewing Company aims to create a sense of community. The website states that the taproom is a “place to celebrate with old friends and toast to new ones.” The brewery features brews such as the Floating Barn Pale Ale, Muddy Tail Stout, Diving Fox India Pale Ale, and Rising Pheasant Brown Ale.

Address: 510G 21st Street SE, High River, Alberta
Phone: 403-649-2002

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Spectrum Ale Works

Waste away an afternoon on Spectrum’s patio in Lethbridge. This brewery offers it all, from amber ale to blonde, and IPAs to ESBs, and it aims to please both the beer novice and the connoisseur.

Address: 3500 9th Avenue N, Lethbridge, Alberta

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Oldman River Brewing

Located in the hamlet of Lundbreck, just 20 minutes east of Pincher Creek, is Oldman River Brewing. The family-focused craft brewery boasts high-quality, preservative-free, great-tasting fresh beer, and you can even stop at the stunning Lundbreck Falls on your way there.

Address: 101 Breckenridge Avenue, Lundbreck, Alberta
Phone: 403-751-0017

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Valley Brewing

 

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Explore the hoodoos and fossils and then visit Drumheller’s brewery for a cold beverage. The town’s first and only microbrewery uses locally grown sustainable products like Alberta-grown and malted barley to craft its many light, dark, simple, complex, dry, sour, and hoppy beers.

Address: 242 3rd Avenue W, Drumheller, Alberta
Phone: 403-823-3823

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Olds College Brewery

Follow the Barley Trail from field to glass at Olds College Brewery. As the craft brewery industry has grown in Alberta, Olds established the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program, and students are trained in all beer styles – so you’re sure to find something you like! Cans, bottles, bombers, growlers, and kegs can be picked up at the Olds College Brewery Retail Store.

Address: 4601 46th Street, Olds, Alberta
Phone: 403-556-8293

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Hell’s Basement Brewery

Medicine Hat is a super sunny city, which is perfect because it’s open nearly every day of the year AND there’s a dog patio.

Besides the tasty beers and featured distilled spirits, live music, and trivia nights are also a regular occurrence here.

Address: 552 18th Street SW #102, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Phone: 403-487-0489

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