Calgary Brewery ToursA Great Choice For Your Next Day Out
As a member of the International Special Events Society, I was lucky enough to be able to join a group of our local members on this fantastic tour of Calgary’s new and growing micro-brewery scene. Laws have only recently been changed in Alberta to allow small scale brewers to exist, and this fledgling industry is taking full advantage of the new opportunity to brew fantastic beers and share their passion with the world.
We started the day at the base of the Calgary Tower, where we were picked up by a fantastic bus provided by Ambassador Limousines where we found souvenir bags loaded with information about the stops we were making, and the necessary provisions for a day like this – pretzels and a bottle of water. Once we were loaded up we headed off to our first destination – Village Brewery.
The Dandy Brewing Company is Calgary’s Nano-Brewery, and what that means is that they have the ability to create unique small batches of beer that really have their own character. Dandy Brewing is what happens when buddies who have a shared hobby of home brewing beer take their hobby just a little too far! If you’re in Northeast Calgary on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening stop in at Dandy’s 24 seat tasting room and try out some of the eight beers they have on tap.
At Tool Shed, we sampled each of their main products – People Skills, Red Rage, and Star Cheek before we were taken to the back of the facility, where the magic happens. Small batch beers are created here, and when they’re perfected the recipe is scaled up to production level. Tool Shed then puts all of their beers in cans to preserve them as perfectly as they were when they came out of the fermenter.
All in all, the Calgary Brewery Tour was a very memorable and fun day. If you’re looking for something different to do this might be exactly the right choice. And if you like beer and are even just a little bit interested in finding out more about it’s history and how it is made, this is definitely the right way to spend a day!
Thank you to Shirleen Burnett – Burnett Photography for providing some of the photos you see on this post!