There is a craft brewing and distilling revolution going on in Canada and Central Alberta is right in the middle of it all. Looking for the hoppiest IPA or a refreshing new gin for those G&Ts? Then you’ll want to delve deeper into this DIY tasting tour that will take you to the best local breweries and distilleries.
Since 2014, the number of craft breweries in Alberta has been on the rise. Due to this influx, Central Alberta has become home to some amazing independent breweries.
Troubled Monk Brewery was one of the first craft breweries in the area when it opened in Red Deer back in 2015. Over the last 3 years, Troubled Monk has become a staple in the Alberta beer game and taken home provincial, national, and global beer awards for their delicious beers.
Blindman Brewing is another well-established brewery located in Lacombe. In 2018, Blindman won 7 different awards at the Alberta Beer Awards. Their taproom has become a popular spot for locals and visitors alike to stop and grab a pint.
Snake Lake Brewing Company is one of Alberta’s newest breweries and taprooms. Formed by three friends and opened in Sylvan Lake in February of 2018, Snake Lake Brewing is quickly becoming an Alberta favourite.
Another new comer to the beer scene is Dark Woods Brewing. They officially opened in April 2018 in Innisfail. Although they do not have a taproom just yet, Dark Woods does offer growler and bottle fills to visitors.
There are more than 9,000 farms in the Red Deer region that produce grain — some of which makes its way across to pond to Scotland for making scotch. These farm-fresh ingredients are also locally sourced to make artisanal spirits at craft distilleries.
Canada’s First Kombucha Taproom
Looking to try something new? Kombucha is the newest trend for foodies everywhere. Kombucha is a fermented drink made from bacteria and yeast mixed with black or green tea and sugar. It is bubbly in texture and can aid in digestion and immune system functions.
Wild Brewing Co. in Red Deer is the first kombucha taproom in the nation. Their most popular flavours are elderberry lavender, vanilla cherry, blueberry mint, raspberry ginger, and strawberry basil. They’re always experimenting with new flavours so it’s always a good idea to pop into their taproom for a sample (or growler).
All in Once Place
Craft Beer Nation is Red Deer’s first all craft beery store where you can find 600 different craft beers from all around the world — both on tap and in bottles or cans. You can also find craft sodas and other unique beverages.
Cilantro and Chive in Lacombe has 135 different craft beers in their fridge and was recently honoured as Restaurant of the Year at the 2018 Alberta Beer Awards. They also carry a large selection of local spirits on their inventive cocktail menu!
ALWAYS DRINK RESPONSIBLY: Know your own limit when sampling craft beer or spirits and bring a designated driver.