Tapped In – Hit the Frothy Trail to Explore Microbreweries Outside Alberta’s Big Cities

Photo: Village Brewery / Bill Cubitt

Alberta’s craft beer scene got going in 1985 when Ed McNally first opened Big Rock Brewery in Calgary.  Since that time Albertans have become more serious than ever about all things ale. Today the search for exceptional beer takes visitors and local imbibers to many pilgrimage-worthy places.

GP Brewing Co. opened in March 2016 in downtown Grande Prairie and uses local ingredients to craft original small batch brews for the Peace Country. Try their flagship brew, a pale lager called True North Lager.

Bench Creek Brewing is a rural destination brewery in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies just outside Edson. Black Spruce Porter is their signature dark beer.

Blindman Brewing opened in Lacombe in December 2015 and within three months their beer was being sold at more than 80 establishments –it’s just that good.

Ribstone Creek Brewery started bringing product to market in 2012 by contract brewing and now has a production facility in the village of Edgarton, near Wainwright. Ribstone Creek Lager is their signature brew, a smooth medium weight lager.

Other newcomers to the brew scene in Alberta include Half Hitch Brewing in Cochrane, Coulee Brew Co. in Lethbridge and Hell’s Basement Brewery in Medicine Hat.

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