Mapping the Newest (and Soon-to-Come) Breweries In and Around Calgary
If you love supporting local craft breweries, make sure these new and soon-to-open breweries are on your radar.
Craft breweries are becoming a thing in Calgary.
In the last 12 months, Calgary has gotten new breweries on 17th Avenue, in neighbourhoods like Ramsay and Inglewood, and in industrial areas ideal for brewing, like Manchester. At least eight breweries have opened in the past year, and before the end of 2017, there will be at least four more.
And those are just the ones that have their own brewery space. Other craft beer companies that we couldn’t map but are brewing beer in Calgary include Goat Locker Brewing Company (there are plans for Goat Locker to open its own brewery in the spring of 2018), Outcast Brewing (Outcast currently brews out of Cold Garden) and Red Bison Brewery (they are aiming to have a beer ready in time for the Calgary Stampede). And, Bam Brewing Co. is currently developing recipes.
Breweries mapped with a red pin have opened within the last year. Breweries mapped with a yellow pin are scheduled to open soon.
Breweries that have opened in the last year
Address: 119, 519 34 Ave. S.E.
When it opened: May 2016
Notable features of the brewery: Brewing isn’t a secret here. You can peek inside the production area as you sip on a Banded Peak pint. (Or, you can ask for a tour of the facility and get an up-close view of it all.)
Address: 7930 51 St. S.E.
When it opened: March 2016
Notable features of the brewery: Boiling Oar handcrafts all its own tap handles. Whether you’re having a pint of Boiling Oar at Midtown Kitchen or Hayden Block or The Nash, you’ll know that special attention was put into that tap handle. (It looks like a little oar, of course.)
Address: 1100 11 St. S.E.
When it opened: January 2017
Notable features of the brewery: This brewery is sure to become a neighbourhood hangout spot. Elements of the brewery’s design are quirky — there are pool noodles insulating the glycol lines, there’s gold glitter in the floor cracks and the tap handles are covered with fake grass. Other design elements make it a cool spot to have a few beers with friends — you’ll be able to enjoy your pint on a couch or at a picnic table.
Address: 943 28 St. N.E.
When it opened: December 2016
Notable features of the brewery: In its taproom, Common Crown offers tours and education on the beers. Also, the name of this brewery is intended to be a metaphor for the hats we all wear and how that can bring a community together.
Address: 1, 10 Griffin Industrial Point, Cochrane
When it opened: July 2016
Notable features of the brewery: This is a beautiful space to enjoy a pint and a plate of food from the on-site restaurant. This brewery was designed to look Western and even exceeds the Town of Cochrane Western Heritage Design guidelines.
Address: 113, 1318 9 Ave. S.E.
When it opened: October 2016
Notable features of the brewery: This brewery is located in a former auto garage, so expect the venue to have an industrial vibe. As well as beer, you’ll find High Line merchandise here. Buy a glass, a T-shirt or a trucker hat to show your support — you can’t always walk around with a High Line pint in hand.
Address: 219 17 Ave. S.W.
When it opened: October 2016
Notable features of the brewery: This is a Toronto-based brewery and the Calgary location on 17th Avenue is Mill Street’s first Western Canadian location. The in-house brewery (as well as the beer hall, restaurant and shop) is located in the historic Costigan House.
Address: 728 17 Ave. S.W.
When it opened: June 2016
Notable features of the brewery: The name of this brewery pays tribute to the area’s history. Trolley 5 was named after Calgary’s first street car, the no. 5 trolley line. It was a cable car route that took Calgarians from the downtown core back to their homes around 17th Avenue.
Breweries that are set to open soon
Address: 4323 1 St. S.E.
Scheduled opening: Brewing will begin in the next three weeks. The taproom is scheduled to be open by early April 2017. Annex also has a sub-brand, Annex Soda Mfg., that produces natural, craft sodas. Currently Annex is the only brewery in Alberta that makes sodas from scratch, without using extracts or syrups.
Address: Bay 12, 10221 15 St. N.E.
Scheduled opening: The brewery is scheduled to open in March 2017 and brewery tours will be offered. This brewery is named after the ship that Spanish explorers used in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Address: 2030 11 St. S.E.
Scheduled opening: The brewery, restaurant and taproom are all scheduled to open in September 2017. Freehold will also be offering tours of the brewery.
Address: 4210 12 St. N.E.
Scheduled opening: The brothers behind this craft microbrewery are hoping to open the brewery and taproom in early April 2017. The name is an homage to comic books — the zero issue is an origin story or a story that provides more information to the bigger comic book series. Expect the brewery design and the can art to be inspired by comic books, too.