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May 23, 2019

8 Breweries with Great Patios

Combine your love for local beer and patios

Beer drinkers take advantage of Tool Shed Brewing Company's patio, which opened after the owners fought the City for a permit. Photograph by Alyssa Quirico.

Cold Garden Beverage Company

Brewery-loving dog-owners, rejoice! There’s room for you and your furry friends at this Inglewood brewery. Surrounded by a literal white picket fence, Cold Garden’s itty-bitty 20-person patio maintains the casual, whimsical charm of its interior. Potted plants decorate tables, bird feeders invite even more animals to the party and an umbrella stand offers last-minute protection from Calgary’s changing weather.
1100 11 St. S.E., 403-764-2653, coldgarden.ca


Last Best Brewing and Distilling

Hidden like a patio-seeker’s Narnia, this tucked-away courtyard is located in the Beltline, and doubles as a reprieve from Calgary’s busiest streets. The high walls allow for seclusion, the picnic tables and wood flooring are homey and a fire pit lends a backyard feel. Try pairing Last Best brews with appetizers from its food menu like salt spring island mussels and the smoked Alberta pork ribs.
607 11 Ave. S.W., 587-353-7387, lastbestbrewing.com


Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co. 

This microbrewery in Ramsay has the perfect patio to grab a cold one with your friends — whether it’s a sunny afternoon after your work day or over a lazy afternoon on the weekend. There’s a ton of bike racks to stow your bicycle, eclectic patio furniture, a sprinkling of umbrellas and even some twinkle lights. Try one of Ol’ Beautiful’s core beers, like the Gatekeeper Belgian chocolate stout or the Siren Song wheat ale, that are brewed in-house by Zoei Thibault.
1103 12 St. S.E., 403-978-4721, olbeautiful.com


Tool Shed Brewing Company

Tool Shed Brewery had to fight for our right to drink on its patio and, after a hard-fought legal skirmish with the City of Calgary for a permit, it emerged triumphant. Now the small expanse of picnic tables in the Tool Shed parking lot feels like a summer tailgate party, where Calgarians can enjoy the sunshine, a local beer and the taste of this brewery’s victory.
9, 801 30 St. N.E., 403-775-1749, toolshedbrewing.com


Trolley 5 Brewpub

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Indulge in some next-level people-watching on this brewery’s busy patio, which is right in the middle of the bustle of 17th Avenue S.W. Its food menus have both brunch and barbecue, so dig in while sampling a tasting flight or the changing seasonal beer. With enough stools to accommodate larger parties and whomever you wave down from the street, it’s a casual, raucous patio that spills onto the sidewalk.
728 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-3731, trolley5.com


Village Brewery

Village Brewery’s 60-seat summer patio is the largest of the Barley Belt, which is comprised of nine local breweries across about seven kilometres in the southeast. It’s a beer-hopper’s dream, and Eric Daponte, the tap room coordinator at Village Brewery, says that they all work together to promote each other. With this spirit in mind, take a meandering summer pilgrimage to try craft pints from Banded Peak Brewing, Annex Ale Project, Paddy’s BBQ & Brewery, Born Colorado Brewing, Confluence Distilling, The Establishment Brewing, O.T. Brewing and Legend 7 Brewing, until you finally wind up at Village Brewery’s spacious patio for popcorn and snacks.
5000 12A St. S.E., 403-243-3327, villagebrewery.com


Wild Rose Brewery

With children allowed Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 105-seat patio of this Calgary mainstay is bright, family-friendly, and perfectly suitable for wiling away warmer afternoons. Graze its locally-sourced menu, work your way through its wide beer selection, or swill a “Beeration” (that’s a mixed-beer creation) to soak up the last of the season.
4580 Quesnay Wood Dr. S.W., 403-727-5451, wildrosebrewery.com


Zero Issue Brewing 

The two MacDonald brothers took their love for sci-fi, comic books and making beer to create a brewery that “celebrates the nerdier side of life.” While set in an industrial park, Zero Issue’s patio transforms into a sunny urban oasis with custom-made umbrellas if it gets too hot. You can try one of their core beers — Nemesis IPA, Cryostasis Pils, Innsmouth Sour and Multiverse pale ale — along with some popcorn on the patio. If you want to stay for a whole afternoon to soak up the sun, they welcome you to bring your own food or even order it to the brewery.
4210 12 St. N.E., zeroissuebeer.com

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