3 New(ish) Taprooms in the Mountains Near Calgary

Head to one of these relatively new taprooms in Canmore, Cranbrook or Pincher Creek for your next après-hike or bike bevvy.

Encore Brewing Co. Photo by Dariynn Silver/Reflect Design Co.

Exploring the mountains takes a lot out of you, and at the end of the day, most adventurers like to cap things off with a nice refreshment. If you’re hankering for an après beer or bevvy, check out these relatively new taprooms.

 

Core Values Cider Co.  – Canmore, Alta.

Cideries are a bit of a rarity in Alberta, which is why Core Values, which opened its taproom last September, is such a welcome addition to Canmore. The neighbourly vibes here are as refreshing as the delicious wildly fermented ciders, which are mostly made with B.C. apples (The Local’s Special is made with locally foraged apples) and additional ingredients from Alberta like sour cherries and currants.

1402 Railway Ave., Canmore, 403-679-1578, corevaluescider.ca

 

Encore Brewing Co. – Cranbrook, B.C.

Encore opened last spring, injecting some fun and frivolity into the local scene. The taproom is a watering hole, casual eatery and rec room, thanks to the inclusion of a bowling alley and arcade games. The beer is as lighthearted as the venue, with refreshing core brews and rotating experimental seasonals.

1400 4 St. N., Cranbrook, B.C., 778-744-0460, encorebrewing.ca

 

Lost Things Distillery – Pincher Creek, Alta.

Founded by two local couples in Pincher Creek, Lost Things’ flagship gin is built around ingredients and botanicals foraged from the banks of the Oldman River. Its tasting room opened last year and has become a community hub as well as a spot for a snack and a cocktail, with zero-proof options available.

967 Main St., Pincher Creek, 403-904-1033, lostthingsdistillery.ca

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This article appears in the May 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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