If you’re looking for the best Edmonton breweries I don’t blame you! Beer has been a part of Canadian culture since the 1600’s when brought over by the European settlers. The country is now on the cutting edge of the craft world, creating bolder beers than ever before.
The brewery scene has enjoyed a boom, especially in recent years, making Alberta a top destination for tasty taps. Edmonton is in close competition for the title of microbrewery mecca, with many new establishments placing an emphasis on local small batch brews. An after or before eating at one of the fabulous Edmonton restaurants, it’s best to head out for a drink!
Each brewery boasts a wide range of creative crafts while sporting their own unique style and flair. It’s become a haven for all arrays of ales, lagers, sours, or stouts. Here are the best Edmonton breweries that cannot be missed.
The Best Edmonton Breweries
Sea Change Brewing Co.
Come for the outstanding beverages but stay for the delicious selection of sandwiches. The Banh Mi is a perfect companion to any pint. They serve up five fantastic flagships and always have a rotating seasonal available as well. The Wolf is often the most popular pick, with notes of tropical fruits and citrus, it’s a most refreshing draft.
They also offer a special selection of beer cocktails each made with a beer from their permanent roster. It’s a great place to try something new that you won’t find anywhere else, such as the Pinky Drinky made with their Prairie Fairy Sour, bourbon, lemon juice, raspberry vanilla syrup, and fresh mint.
The space is always upbeat and full of energy, the mural adorned walls bring a hip and fun feel to the joint. True to their name, they love to create collaborations with community efforts like the ALS Society of Alberta.
Bent Stick Brewing
This nano Edmonton brewery began as a DIY operation and now boasts a highly rotational line up of always legendary libations. They’re brewed all in small batches of up to 400 litres at a time. The Electric Boogaloo Hazy IPA and the Hay-Maker Wheated Pilsner are just two of their showstopping selections. Each pint feels carefully created and lovingly handcrafted.
Tucked away in a little industrial area, Bent Stick is a hidden gem of Edmonton, and a stop here will definitely feel as if you’ve discovered something special. Check the schedule or ask some locals in the know when they’re open for pints, growlers, tours, and tastings as the intimate facility isn’t always available or can be by appointment.
One of my favorite Edmonton craft breweries of all time! SYC stands for share your craft, a motto by which this brewery lives and breathes. They use traditional methods made over millennia that they believe are fundamental in conjunction with those four magical ingredients: barley, hops, yeast, and water. However, they’ve put their own twist on many of the ratios to create brews that are truly unique to them.
Each beer brewed is based on their six key characteristics; familiarity, surprise, taste, quality, consistency, and craftsmanship. This is apparent in such craft creations as: Curiosity Killed the Cat DIPA, the Lunar Phase Farmhouse Pale Ale, and the Salud Tropical Wheat Ale. Check out their curated in-house playlists, to enjoy some beats designed specifically to go with each of their beers for a truly tailored experience.
Feel free to bring your own food in or have anything you wish delivered to the taproom. SYC is a crowd favorite and one of the best Edmonton breweries.
Situation is Edmonton’s go to brew pub for great beers and bites, and heading here is one of the best things to do in Edmonton. Their approach to brewing is simple yet refined, with uncomplicated crafts that still maintain an attention to detail without being pretentious. It’s a perfect spot for a pint, whether you’re a casual beer indulger or a dedicated aficionado.
The Page Turner IPA and Afternoon Tea Saison are minimalistic masterpieces that will have your mouth watering for more. The Sex Palace Imperial Stout is no joke at 10% ABV. Tour their microbrewery to get a behind the scenes peek at their special process.
The menu offers small shareable plates for superb snacking, with choices like poutine, mussels, or steak tartare. If you’ve worked up a more hardy hankering, try the pizzas or borscht sandwich. The atmosphere is industrial chic, with floor to ceiling windows for a bright and airy feel, perfect for people watching on Whyte Avenue. There is an idyllic patio as well for some outdoor sunshine sipping.
Analog Brewing Company
Analog is the self proclaimed nerdiest brewery of Alberta. It was started by two best friends who shared a passion for craft beer and video games. They’ve been able to combine these areas of interest for a fun and funky microbrewery that brings out the beer loving geek in all of us.
Vintage arcade games, board games, and sci-fi themes abound at this brewpub, encouraging all who enter to eat local, drink local, and let their freak flag fly. The beers are easy drinking, delicious, and sessionable. They offer several year-round staples like the Ready Paler One Session IPA or the Power Up Porter. In addition, you can always find something seasonal on tap, like the Goses ‘n Goblins Blood Orange Gose or the Brew Squared Cold Brew Coffee Kolsch. Check their calendar for great geeky in-house events, such as D&D night.
Omen is family owned and operated and the renowned dark beer specialists of Edmonton. If you’re in need of a full-bodied and malty beverage, this is the brewery for you. While they do have a few options for those who venture in and are afraid of the dark, they prefer to cater mostly to the enthusiasts of these heavier styles.
They make high quality and well balanced beer that is always fresh and inventive. Everything is created and packaged right on-site. The Spilt Milk Milk Stout has made converts out of the most dedicated hop heads and the Knight Rye-der Roggenbeir has been a revelation of taste for many.
Order the coveted Cruise Ship which holds a flight of ten different taps to try. They offer some light snack options in the taproom but also allow outside food in, so you pack your own picnic to pair with your pints.
Odd Company Brewing
Odd Company creates a culture around the credo of good cheer and better beer through chemistry. The brewers here are chemists who love to experiment and carefully hone their technical craft. Every small batch brew will be different each time you visit, for an always exciting experience.
What started out as a home brewery in someone’s garage, has since become a bustling brewpub for all to enjoy. It’s all a mad science and a fine art at this brewhouse. Some all time slam dunks have been the Passionfruit Coconut Sour and the Zesty Grisette, a dry, funky, wheaty Saison.
They also offer a variety of other beverages, including cute premixed craft cocktails in small bottles. The taproom is trendy yet chill and set in a 106 year old building. The outdoor patio is spacious and serene for any season, with several fire pits to cozy up to. There is a pint for every palate at Odd Company.
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alley Kat is Edmonton’s oldest craft brewery, as they’ve been churning out tasty creations since the mid 1990s. They have many beloved standard beers, like the Fish Bone New England IPA and Buena Vista Brown Ale. However, the several series of rotating drafts are especially remarkable. This includes the Dragon Series, Back Alley Brews, Seasonal Collections, and Special Editions.
The locally and independently owned brewery has a strict focus on community care and environmental impact. Their practice is to eliminate as much waste as possible from the beer making process, by donating their spent grain to local farms, limiting water usage, recycling, and using bullfrog energy. They also sponsor local groups and nonprofits such as the Edmonton Pride Festival and MS Society.
The extensive brewery tour is one of the best in the area and involves a tasting of the newest brew upon arrival, an in-depth look at each part of the brew process, a pint or flight post tour, and an Alley Kat tote bag. Check out their many events for taproom tastings and cask nights. There are always 14 taps ready to try at Alley Kat.
Polar Park Brewing
Newer to the craft scene of Edmonton, there is always a new and exciting draft on deck at Polar Park. The Archipelago Candian Pale Ale was an instant cult classic. The Pink Panther Raspberry Belgian Wit and the Kodak Island Chocolate Oatmeal Stout are available for the more adventurous as well. You can try out the guest taps, for an always experimental taste. We are of course big fans of the cute polar bear adorning the pints too.
The rooftop patio is an idyllic space to sip on some cold beers basking in the sunshine or the lights of the city skyline. They offer gourmet pub grub, like the Cauliflower Wings, the Herbed Pretzel, and the Polar Burger. They have a live music venue as well and host a variety of musical performances.
Town Square Brewing Co.
Town Square is a rustic and chic establishment creating artisanal beverages in a curated space. This Edmonton brewery may be small but the flavors being brewed here are big. Each draft has its own bright and vibrant design, which fits in with the spirit of the brewery. They source everything locally and believe in giving back to the community. Check out their dedicated charity tap. They donate 10% of all their proceeds as well.
They’re not afraid to brew outside the box. Traditional recipes have their own twist on them, for a one-of-a-kind pint experience. The taps are constantly rotating, meaning there is always a delicious draft surprise awaiting you at Town Square. The Sour NEIPA, the Chiquita Cerveza, and the Chainsaws for Hands Rye and Ginger Sour have made quite a splash in the craft scene.
Even their pizzas prefer the wild side, with pies like the Soul Food, featuring fried chicken, waffle bites, mozza, goat cheese, maple butter, and chili honey. This is all around one of the best Edmonton breweries.
This family friendly Edmonton brewery is a gathering space for all ages. They strive for consistent quality and the freshest of ingredients. They make beers inspired by the great outdoors, where they hope loved ones will take time to share them together. The warm and inviting space makes you feel like a regular, and the patio is perfect for relaxing, even with a furry friend if you wish.
The Sudden Draft IPA and Lost Flip Flop Saison are as drinkable as they are flavorful. They offer a small selection of made to order tacos and quesadillas to cure any cravings that may arise. They have many events like trivia, yoga, or live music. The space is open so it’s easy to sneak a peek at the facility as it’s making all the delicious drafts. Be sure to take a growler to go.
Blind Enthusiasm Brewing
Blind Enthusiasm is one of the more unique breweries around, that serves up a full menu of fine dining fares alongside their craft creations. They run one of the largest barrel fermenting programs in all of Canada, focusing on two distinct types of brews, crisp ales and lagers, and barrel aged beers.
Their market location is with Biera, which offers in-house drafts paired with elevated eats, and the Monolith which is the taproom and barrel house designed to create complex beers through fermentation. It’s both an art and science to make beers that can sometimes age for years and compete on the level of fine wines.
The beers aren’t filtered, allowing them time to clarify and mature naturally, and their range of offerings is quite varied, with some flavors or styles you may not have tried before. The OKT is a copper lager with notes of stone fruit, herbal hoppiness, balanced bitterness, and a dry yet fruity finish.
The commitment to quality and exploration comes across in all they do here. The menu is derived from European bistro bites, balanced perfectly with the beer pairings.
Other Edmonton Breweries: Honorable Mentions
- The Growlery Beer Co.
- Yellowhead Brewery
- Campio Brewing Co.