Where to Find the Best Craft Beers in Edmonton?
The craft beer scene in Edmonton is brewing swiftly, with several microbreweries dotting the city. These breweries offer unique yet savoury craft beers that are now competing with major beer brands. So this makes it a perfect opportunity to go beer hopping in Edmonton. Hence, here are just a few of the best microbreweries in Edmonton area (and a lot more to come), where you can find exciting craft beers to soothe your taste buds!
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Founded in 1995 by Neil and Lavonne Herbst, Alley Kat is one of the oldest breweries in town. It began as a hobby for the couple but has since turned into one of the prominent breweries in Alberta. Here, you can find a large variety of beer from grapefruit ale to Indian pale ale (IPA). But what you must definitely try here is their Fish Bone New England IPA. This brew is their take on the traditional New England IPA, and it is a blend of aromatic tropical hops and classic American hops. It has the sharp tangerine taste mingled with citrus and pine, and the lingering grassy bitterness of orange peel.
Founded by beer lovers and sci-fi enthusiasts, this brewery is famous not only for its tantalizing brews but also for the arcade games that you can play here. Their philosophy – easy-drinking. This is the perfect place for retro-gamers, sci-fi nerds, and beer enthusiasts. Although when you are here, you must try the Power Up Porter. It is a delicious blend of crystal and Munich malt, adorned with a subtle chocolate undernote. It also has added vanilla that gives it a smooth texture, making it quite an enjoyable sessionable porter. Also, you’ll love the 8-bit graphic on their bottles!
Blind Enthusiasm Brewing
This is a brewpub located in the Ritchie Market of Edmonton and it is managed by the former owner of Bioware (a game developing company), Greg Zeschuk. This brewery is particularly famous for its exploration of flavour and quality of taste, and it has quite a European vibe to it. Here, you will find everything from dry-European styled brews to the more traditional craft beers like pilsners and stouts. But the absolute must-try here is ZuS, an unfiltered wheat beer. It has a subtle banana and spice flavour, balanced with the dried fruit aromatics. This savoury beer has an amber hue and is quite refreshing.
Sea Change Brewing Co.
Named after the founder, Ian McIntosh’s family boat, this brewery is steeped in the history of Edmonton. Here, you will find a variety of exciting beers, but you must look out for the innovative use of local elements. For example, some tabletops are made with wood sourced from the Old Cloverdale Bridge, and there are also many old posters of local Edmonton bands and venues. Moreover, they have recently collaborated with Fruit Loop, a non-profit that supports the LGBTQ+ community, hence, 10% of all the sales go towards their initiatives. When you’re here, you must try The Wolf, a hazy pale ale. It has a murky yellow colour, and a grainy taste that is a stunning blend of citrus and tropical hopes with subtle notes of peach and citrus. The flavour is rounded out with a nippy bready malt and earthy yeast.
So what are you waiting for? Check out these local breweries now! And stay tuned to our website as we have a lot of amazing places to share with you!