6 Breweries with Great Patios
Combine your love for local beer and patio season before summer ends
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
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., 403-603-8656, coldgarden.ca
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 firepit lends a backyard feel. Try pairing Last Best brews with appetizers from its food menu like smoked bone marrow and grilled bison fry bread.
607 11 Ave. S.W., 587-353-7387, lastbestbrewing.com
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.
801 30 St. N.E., 403-775-1749, toolshedbrewing.com
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
With children allowed Saturday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 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
Village Brewery's 60-seat summer patio is the largest of the Barley Belt, which is comprised of six 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, and soon 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