Whether you’re a local or someone visiting this beautiful city, there are no shortages of delicious Edmonton breweries for you to indulge in. In fact, Alberta is a great province for those seeking craft beer. With more than 100 craft breweries creating everything from fruity sours to thick stouts, there truly is something for all tastes. Plus, breweries are such a great way to sample both the beer and the culture of a destination.
As Alberta’s capital city, the number of Edmonton breweries has exploded in recent years. This is great news for those of you that love to sample craft beer and experience new places. There’s no longer any need to drink beer-flavoured water. With brilliant minds and lots of farmland, Alberta is now home to some of the best beer in the country.
So if you’re looking for new things to do in Edmonton or some tasty beer to sample, here is our list of the top 14 breweries in Edmonton.
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Address: 9929 60 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0C7
To kick things off, we’re gonna start with Alley Kat Brewing Company, Edmonton’s Oldest Craft Brewery. Founded in 1995, they’ve been tantalizing the tastebuds of beer drinkers for more than 25 years. Plus, in 2019, they beat 76 other breweries in Alberta to be crowned Brewery of the Year. One of our favourites, which we pick up all the time in local liquor stores, is their Aprikat Apricot Ale. This was the first apricot ale in Alberta, and one of the first fruit beers in the province, becoming a staple of their lineup to this day. Other popular beers include their Razzykat Raspberry Sour, Full Moon Pale Ale, Buena Vista Brown Ale, and many others.
Sea Change Brewing
Address: 9850 62 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0E3
Another brewery that’s often known as one of the best Edmonton breweries is Sea Change Brewing, which is known for its innovative creations. They’re also known for the beautiful artwork that adorns their many cans. But hey, as much as we love admiring the art, we’re here for what’s inside. Thankfully, they have many delicious options, including their Prairie Fairy Blackberry Wheat Ale, Man Crush Mandarin Ale, Irish Red Ale, and many others. Their taproom is also lively and fun, featuring delicious “street food” that pairs well with all their beer.
Address: 10308 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1X2
Located close to bustling Whyte Ave, this is a great laid-back brewery that’s close to all the action but relaxing enough for those just wanting to stay in and enjoy the great beer. Rustic wooden finishes and industrial silver ventilation create a space that’s great for get-togethers, dinner, or a networking function.
Situation Brewing believes that beer should never be pretentious and only ever as complicated as you want it to be. Whether you’re just getting started or you’re already a beer expert, you’ll appreciate their minimalistic, yet refined approach. Some popular choices include their Blonde Orange Gose, Extrovert Red Ale, Sex Palace Imperial Stout, and their Blackberry Tea Saison.
They also serve some tasty food such as poutine, pizza, and pretzels, and offer 5oz pours for $2.50, allowing you to sample everything before deciding on “the one”.
Address: 8620 53 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5G2
If you love the nostalgia of old video games as much as we do, Analog Brewing is the place for you. Created by two best friends who share a love of both craft beer and video games, they feature high-quality beer and a vast array of board games, cards, and video games.
With a goal of making tasty beer with a retro twist, their selection includes Power Up Porter (a light chocolate flavour that is enhanced by imported Madagascar Vanilla), In Another Castle (a Peach Mango Milkshake IPA), and The Hive Bomber (a Honey American Wheat Ale made with honey sourced locally), just to name a few.
Polar Park Brewing
Address: 10416 80 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5T7
Located inside a beautiful brick building with a rooftop patio, Polar Park microbrewery is known for its innovation in both beer and food. Some of their beers that stand out to our tastebuds include their Pink Panther (Raspberry Witbier with hints of raspberry, dried limes, and coriander), Valley of Giants (a strong Belgium blonde with notes of ginger), and One Tame Cheetah (overtones of fresh banana bread with hints of clove and vanilla). Best of all, their taproom is such a great venue. It’s big and open, features an awesome patio, and they even have a stage for live performances.
Address: 10257 105 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1E3
Pizza and beer go hand-in-hand and Campio Brewing is one of the top Edmonton breweries to feature both. In fact, this craft brewery in Edmonton is known for having some of the best pizza in the city as well as some of the best beers to wash it all down with. Since we tend to favour fruity beers, Campio is a great place to go because they offer a Cherry and Botanical Sour, Albertosourus Tart Fruit Ale, and a Fruit Salad Gose. However, they also brew a saison, lager, stout, and a variety of IPAs.
So whether you’re looking to bite into a mouth-watering Detroit Deep Dish pizza or sip back on a cold pint of craft beer, this is another brewery in Edmonton to add to your bucket list.
Odd Company Brewing
Address: 12021 102 Ave #105, Edmonton, AB T5K 0R8
If you’re looking for a fun brewery with a great patio, spacious taproom, and tasty beer, Odd Company Brewing fits the bill. They claim to mix mad science with fine art to create some interesting suds, such as their Dark Pilsner (with flavours of chocolate, buttercream, and coffee), Passionfruit and Coconut Sour (need way say more?), Mandarina Sour (grapefruit and sweet orange), and their Good Chemistry IPA, which includes lots of tropical notes.
Town Square Brewing
Address: 2919 Ellwood Dr SW, Edmonton, AB T6X 0B1
Just like Campio Brewing, Town Square Brewing is another one of the best Edmonton breweries to combine delicious pizza and beer, making this a great place for an evening out. They have a wide variety of craft beers, such as sours, pilsners, IPAs, lagers, and stouts. Some of the beers we look forward to tasting when we visit are the Chiquita Mexican Lager, Raspberry Sour Smoothie, and their Chainsaws for Hands Rye and Ginger Sour. In fact, we’ve never seen such an array of sours before, and we love our sours! Our mouths are already watering just thinking about it. Plus, they give back 10% of all proceeds to a selected charity every month, helping to support the local community.
Address: 9942 67 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0P5
Unique to the “breweries in Edmonton” scene, Omen Brewing specializes in dark beers, forging ahead with its goal to make everyone fall in love with dark beer. Some of these beers that might push you over to the dark side include their Spilt Milk (a creamy milk stout) and their Claustrophobic Black IPA, but they have other beers as well, such as their Blueberry Session Fruit Ale and their Red Harbour Irish Red. They don’t really have food, however, but they do have a lovely taproom with innovative beers that might just change your tastebuds once and for all.
Bent Stick Brewery
Address: 5416 136 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5A 0E4
If you’re looking for a no-frills taproom that’s dog-friendly and serves up some delicious craft beer, Bent Stick Brewery is a great choice. They don’t have hot food on the menu but they do have some creative brews such as their Hay-Maker (an Alberta wheat pilsner), First Pull Coffee Amber (biscuit and toffee flavours), the Electric Boogaloo (a double dry-hopped IPA with sweet and fruit-filled flavours), and their BS Wit (a Belgian style wheat ale with the addition of citrus peel and coriander).
Address: 11239 180 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 0B4
Another small intimate taproom can be found at S.Y.C. Brewing, which stands for “share your craft”. The name is fitting as well since they really do showcase a love for beer with options such as Pineapple F.O.M.O. (a dry-hopped sour with a tart kick), Tarasque (a dry Irish stout with hints of chocolate, caramel, and nuts), Workout Recovery (a sour with carrot and mango smoothie vibes), and Good As Gold (a malty golden lager featuring spicy European hops). Plus, if you want to shake things up, seltzers are all the rage these days and S.Y.C. makes a delicious Guava-Lime Alco-Seltzer as well.
Address: 10643 124 St #109, Edmonton, AB T5N 1S5
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Irrational Brewing comes along and joins the lineup of incredible Breweries in Edmonton. Using irrationally unique and exotic ingredients, their lineup includes 16 beers, including their Imagination Drifting (Hibiscus Saison), Always Focused (Coffee Cream Ale), Forager (Spruce Tip Brown Ale), and Enchanted Elixer (Elderberry Plum Sour). As an added bonus, this brewery is located in downtown Edmonton in the historic Street Railway Substation building that was once used to power the streetcars in the city, putting a little slice of history into your taproom visit.
Longroof Brewing Co.
Address: #104, 9916 72 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E 0Z3
This open-design taproom, which features the original bar from the Empress Ale House on Whyte Avenue, is a great place to drink beer while seeing it being made. They have constantly rotating taps to always keep things fresh and claim to create edgy beers that will delight your palate. Some of the beers currently on offer at Longroof Brewing Co. include Belfast Stepchild (an Irish Ale with sweet caramel flavours), Rye Ron’t Rou Ruv Me (a Rye-forward Pale Ale with a lemon finish), and Exquisite Echoes (a Hazy Pale Ale that balances bitter and sweet).
Rural Routes Brewing Company
Address: 4901 50 St, Leduc, AB T9E 7H8
Last but not least is Rural Routes Brewing Company, which is actually located in Leduc, near Edmonton’s airport. So whether you’re a local looking for one of the top breweries in Edmonton or wanting to enjoy an extra-special stopover, this is a great place to visit. With an ever-changing lineup of fantastic beers, as well as beautiful can designs, this place is wonderful. Some popular options include Sunshine, lollipops, and Rainbows IPA (bursting with grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavours), Amaretto No Regretto (a smooth, tart ale with lemon and amaretto flavour), Subjective Stonefruit (a West Coast Pale Ale brewed with peach and apricot), and It’s Pronounced Chow-Dah (a NEIPA with strong notes of pineapple and guava). On a hot summer day, you may also want to taste their All Pink Everything, a pink lemonade Radler that just goes so well with the sun. In addition to their tasty beer, they also serve up some delicious food, made with home-grown, locally-sourced dishes. Gawking at the menu, we’re really eyeing their Pork Belly Bhan Mi, which features soy-braised pork belly, garlic mayo, shredded lettuce, pickled carrots, cucumbers, and chili crunch on a cobs baguette.
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