Perhaps the best place to start visiting breweries in Calgary is in the Beltline area where brewpubs with great food and house-made beer abound. TROLLEY 5
RESTAURANT AND BREWERY (1), while less than a year old, has already made a name for itself for fantastic beers to accompany upscale casual dining, including in-house smoked meats (page 45).
LAST BEST BREWING & DISTILLING (2) also features casual dining and their own beers. But with a barbershop located in the downstairs bar, featuring cocktails made with Last Best's own spirits, you can leave Last Best looking and feeling good (page 45).
For something slightly more casual, visit one of the five Calgary locations of
BREWSTERS BREWING COMPANY (3). Despite the more casual feel, the food is as first-rate as the beer. Next door is sister brewpub BEER REVOLUTION (4) which serves amazing pizzas, a rotating beer list which always includes local brews and Brewsters’ beers (page 45). Calgary is now home to a MILL STREET
BREWERY (5). While Mill Street may be a Toronto-based chain, the local brewers devise many of their own recipes to go alongside familiar favourites such as the Original Organic Lager (page 45).
Caramel Latte Beer All of the brewpubs in the Beltline area are child-friendly, full-service restaurants that also offer brewery tours. Trolley 5's $15 tour includes a welcome beer and a flight of four samples.
Mill Street's $10 tour includes a flight of beers, and Last Best's tour is free (though it doesn’t include any samples). Brewsters only offers (free) tours at its main brewery in the Foothills Industrial Park, where most of the beer served in Calgary is made. At Trolley 5 and Mill Street tours should be booked in advance, though they are flexible on times.
Mill Street Brewery