Calgary Winery and Brewery Attractions and Tours
These establishments typically use locally-sourced inputs from their own or very nearby suppliers (some even using certified organic sources). Local barley, grains, grapes, etcetera can have a unique flavour due to the "terroir", imparted from the special soils, ground water, and rains to the crops that grow here.
Also, they are smaller, and apply their education, skills, and experience to create small batches of very special beverages. Because they are not trying to "maintain a brand" (which would require them to be scientifically consistent), they can afford to experiment, and try new and different combinations of materials, different timings, and sometimes non-traditional techniques and technologies to come up with something unusual, interesting, and VERY LOCAL. Consumers should consider themselves fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to enjoy such locally-produced drinks.
Calgary & area has a number of craft breweries and wineries that create unique beverages. Most welcome you to take a tour (bring your I.D.), and visit their shops afterwards (samples may only be served, and alcoholic beverages may only be sold to those of legal drinking age or older).
DISCLAIMERS: (1) you must be of legal drinking age to consume any of these beverages; (2) exercise your own judgement about which drinks may be suitable for you; (3) when sampling, accept the host's judgement of appropriate sample sizes, and (4) drink responsibly, and DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.
COMPLETE local beverage tours Here is a sampling (pun intended):
Here are some featured local brew pubs, craft breweries, craft distilleries, wineries or vineyard
Half Hitch Brewing Company is a family owned and operated brewery and restaurant involving the Heier family and Kozloski family, based in the fine town of Cochrane
Village Brewery brews tasty craft beers with local ingredients while supporting Calgary arts and the community.
Olds College Brewery not only makes excellent beers, but they're training new brew masters in a state-of-the-art 2,000 sq ft facility. Their brewing equipment is tailored for small commercial production with six 1,000 liter commercial fermenters.
Menu is comprehensive and has something for everyone. Good value. Brew beer on site and we sell off sales.. Mature crowd. Warm and inviting non traditional pub. Restaurant by day and pub at night.
In a grape-less province Spirit Hills crafts a grape-less wine with strong structure and backbone expected of any high quality wine.
COMPLETE local beverage tours
Wineries, Craft Breweries, Brew Pubs & Craft Distilleries Map