As its name suggests, the real selling point of Village Brewery is its community feel, which extends into true support for local artists and craftspeople. Now brewing six different craft beers in-house, the brewery produces something to suit a range of different palates, from the triple berry kolsch ‘Triplet’ to the sturdier India ‘Alberta Black Ale’. The place is open for guided tours every Saturday and also hires out its tasting room for private tasting events.
Opening Hours: 10am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
Village Brewery, 5000 12a Street S.E., Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 243 3327
Founded by beer lover Ed McNally over 30 years ago, Big Rock is a traditional brewery that prioritizes great tasting brews over any business shortcuts or profit generating techniques. The result is a truly personal addition to the industry, which remains independently owned to this day, allowing it to stay close to its original mission statement. 60 minute guided tours of the site include endless extra information from resident ‘beerologists’ as well as tastings of their most popular brews.
Opening Hours: 9am-4pm Monday to Friday
Big Rock, 5555 76th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 720 3239
Inspired by the ‘strong and free’ wild spirit of Alberta, Wild Rose is a brewery that grounds itself strongly in local techniques and natural ingredients. Only available in its home province, this is a great brewery for those looking to try something new and unusual. As well as guided tours, you can also try their Tap Room, a brew pub voted Calgary’s favorite for six years running.
Opening Hours: 11am-11pm daily
Wild Rose, 4580 Quesnay Wood Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, Canada, +1 403 720 2733