Best Breweries in Edmonton
Edmonton's craft beer scene has exploded over the past few years. From Bent Stick and Sea Change to Alley Kat and Blind Enthusiasm, there's so many to try! Not sure where to start on your self-guided Edmonton brewery tour? We've got you covered with our short guide to the city's hopping beer scene.
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Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alley Kat Brewing Company, founded in 1995 by Neil Herbst and his wife Lavonne, is the 4th oldest brewery in Alberta. As a self-proclaimed beer enthusiast, Herbst began as a home-brewer while in college, and turned his hobby into one of the strongest micro-breweries in the province. Located on Edmonton’s southside, Alley Kat focuses on creating high-quality, freshly brewed beer using local products. Come for their Dragon Series of Double IPAs, stay for the wide variety of unique and smooth-drinking brews.
Blind Enthusiasm is a neighbourhood brewpub located in the ultra-modern Ritchie Market, co-habits with the popular restaurant Biera. Owner, Greg Zeschuk, who you may recognize as the former owner of video-game developer Bioware, prides Blind Enthusiasm on its exploration of flavours and quality of taste. Serving dry-European-inspired brews and traditionally craft beer offerings from pilsners and bitters to stouts and IPAs, this award-winning brewery is a must-try! Their summer-time patio is the perfect place to enjoy their beer tasting flight!
Bent Stick Brewing
Proudly brewing a rotational line-up of beers 400 litres at a time, Bent Stick nanobrewery brings high quality, unfiltered real ales to north Edmonton. Scott Kendall, Kurtis Jensen, Patrick Gaudet and Ben Rix focus on crafting beers that are smooth and easy to enjoy pint after pint. There is a sense of wizardry that comes with their entirely hand-crafted brewing process; a blend of art, science and skill. Give the B.S. Wit a try, a spiced Belgian-style wheat ale.
Odd Company Brewing
What do a couple of chemists, and their beer-drinking friends do for fun? Make beer of course! That’s how it all started for Jared Curle, John Toman, and Brett Loree, who, in 2017 went from homebrewers to brewery owners at Odd Company Brewing. Located in the trendy Oliver Exchange Building, Odd Company has combined their mad scientist skills with the fine art of brewing to create high quality, small-batch beers. Beer drinkers will find approximately 12 beers available at a time, meaning there’s something new with every visit. Come for 250 ml, 500 ml and growlers that allow the option to try all flavours, while taking in the trendy 106-year-old building.
Sea Change Brewing Co.
Sea Change Brewing Co. is named after founder Ian McIntosh’s family boat. It means “a profound transformation” which is exactly what the brewery aims to do in Alberta’s brewing community. They recently collaborated with Fruit Loop (a non-profit that supports the LGBTQ+ community) to create the Prairie Fairy beer where 10% of all gross sales go to LGBTQ+ initiatives. No snobbery here, just great beer and good company. Admire the use of local elements used throughout the space like tabletops made with wood from the old Cloverdale bridge, and posters of past Edmonton bands and music venues!
Endeavour Brewing is a family and community orientated craft brewery in St. Albert. Their love for great quality beer drove the team to develop and brew their favourite pints. Consistent quality and the freshest ingredients are paramount. The folks at Endeavour Brewing are inspired by their other passions in life including the outdoors, sports and those who are taking risks and making great things happen!
In what was once an old bookstore located just half a block south of Edmonton’s bohemian-spirited Whyte Avenue, you'll find Situation Brewing, the area’s first fully functioning microbrewery. Given Whyte Avenue’s vibrant nightlife scene, owner, Wayne Sheridan, felt there was no better place to “situate” a brewery than where people were already drinking. He and his team have stuck behind the mandate that “beer is not supposed to be snobby"; Instead they've created a space where people can come to learn about beer, the brewing process and Edmonton’s craft beer community. Through a dedication to crafting a rotating lineup of big flavours in small batches, this cozy pub-style brewery is the place where great brews and good company come together.
Town Square Brewing Co.
You’ll find big flavours in small batches at Town Square Brewing Co.’s cozy and laid back tap house. With community at its core, Town Square is a centre for gatherings—Whether it’s a family outing or a night out with friends, all are welcome with open arms. Guests can indulge in bites that incorporate spent brewery grains into as many dishes as possible, and brews that push the boundaries with twists on traditional tastes. In just under two years, Town Square has gone from a five-gallon pot at home, to brewing 1500 litres and winning two Alberta brewing awards.
Growlery Beer Company
The Growlery is one of Edmonton's newer breweries, located along Airport Road, in the Kingsway area. They produce locally crafted beer using a 12hL Brewhouse, four 24hL Fermenters and two 24hL Brite Tanks. The Growlery strives to create quality brews while reducing their ecological footprint, living sustainably and providing a better future for all!
Enjoy a pint at Edmonton’s newest brewery: Ale Architect. Located along Edmonton’s “Happy Beer Street,” Ale Architect has built up a dedicated fanbase contract brewing their beer all over the city, but the time has finally come to open their own spot. Expect delicious flippin’ beer brewed by some of the most hospitable peeps in the industry. Hit a tasting flight or sip on the Lil’ Crispy, a clean and crisp Helles Lager that hits the spot any time of day.
S.Y.C. Brewing has a wide selection of inventive beer - from their Pineapple Dry Hopped Sour to their Clock Out Lager. This brewery aspires to create a unique profile in every beer they make. They don't like to cut corners on quality, character or style and they keep people at the centre of their recipes, design, and experience. Check out their 'Beermonton' merch!
Campio Brewing Co.
The fourth brewery in the Bearhill Brewing family, Campio Brewing Co. was established in 2018 and rounds out the ‘Albeerta’ story in Edmonton. With a beer program that ranges from the working man’s thirst quenching brews to a sour program that pushes the palate, Campio has something for everyone. They too have a killer patio and an incredible menu - here you'll find some of the best pizza in the whole city! Pair your pint with a deep dish pizza for a truly indulgent evening.
Omen Brewing specializes in darker styles of beer, but they also offer brews for those who are a little afraid of the dark (don't worry, your secret is safe with us). Omen is a family owned and operated business in Edmonton’s East central Brewery district. Come enjoy a Spilt Milk Nitro Milk Stout on their taproom patio! Off-sale brewskies are available for pick-up, and you can also order delivery with Skip the Dishes.
Big flavour with a retro-gamer flair, this "geek chic" brewery will level up your beer drinking game. Analog Brewing's founders are beer lovers and nerds who love sci fi, vintage video games and board games, and injected their passion into the brewery. Here, you'll discover over 900 classic arcade games!
At Arcadia Brewing Co. you’ll find people united by a passion for very crushable beer, laughter, and kindness. Their goal? To remind you that there were no good old days, these are the good old days. Located in Edmonton’s Manchester Square, this brewery promises tasty, local craft beers that will have even non-beer drinkers ordering another. When you come through the doors, you can expect to feel like you’re at a block party or BBQ surrounded by old friends. In the summer, they set up a beautiful patio next to the fountain in the middle of the square - the perfect place to spend the afternoon.