The Best Microbreweries in Calgary for Your Next Bar Hop

Stop for a cold pint of craft brew at one of these microbreweries hand-picked by our Localist correspondent in Calgary

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ICYMI, mass-produced lagers are out, microbrew craft beers are in. With over 500 locations in operation across the country, it’s safe to say that Canadians are all about that microbrewery madness. And how could you not be? These small-batch beers are typically brewed with local ingredients by local peops, meaning they’re a tasty way for you to support small businesses while getting your sip on.

In Calgary, microbreweries are all about repping their hometown, so much so that it can be tough to choose just one to visit at a time. But don’t panic yet! To help you out, our Localist correspondent Clara Jaide rounded up the best microbreweries in Calgary (award-winning Pizza Brews? Yes please!) so you can consider your weekend plans covered. Want to sip your way across the country? These are the best microbreweries from coast to coast.

Annex Ale Project, one of our favourite microbreweries in Calgary

Annex Ale Project (Photo: Quinn Campbell)

Annex Ale Project

Location: 4323 1st St. South East, Open since: 2017
The rundown: Owned by a pair of born-and-bred Calgarians, this brand new brewery serves up carefully-crafted pints and house-made root beer. They’ve got a view to normalize buying beer right from the source, the same way you get bread from a baker and meat from a butcher.
What to order: Bitter Division
What they’re known for: Their unique bar snacks, including fancy, Middle Eastern string cheese.
Beers on tap: 6
Guided tours: Yes

Village

Location: 5000 12a St. South East, Open since: 2011
The rundown: This little brewery was created by a group of friends with a view to help support Calgarian artists and craftspeople. Their slogan is “It Takes a Village”, and they’re all about the neighbourhood they’re in.
What to order: Village Wit
What their speciality is: Beers with clever names, based on your typical townspeople
Beers on tap: Usually 8
Guided tours: Yes

Wild Rose

Location: 4580 Quesnay Wood Dr. South West, Open since: 1996
The rundown: For more than 20 years, this small batch craft brewery has been working to create unique beers for Calgarians.
What to order: Velvet Fog
What they’re known for: Their tap room, voted best in Calgary seven years in a row.
Beers on tap: 12
Guided tours: Yes

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