Craft beer is an artisanal beer crafted from all-natural ingredients. Compared to mainstream beers that usually have pre-set recipes, craft beers undergo specific brewing processes.
Due to that, the breweries have greater control over the quality and the taste of the concoction.
Whether you’re a craft beer fan or want to try something new, this guide is a good place to start. Get a taste of the best-rated craft beers in Edmonton:
Analog Brewing Company
Analog Brewing Company was established in 2008 and coined as Alberta’s nerdiest brewery. Well, it all started with college best friends who are out and proud of being massive nerds.
Instead of spending hours on their gaming chair, they decided to brew a business out of the things they love – craft beer and video games.
They have year-round brews and seasonal beers. Moreover, they offer craft beers with lower ABV (Alcohol by Volume), so you can enjoy your drink responsibly.
To spice things up, they have a taproom featuring an array of board games, cards, retro arcade games, and video games. Nonetheless, if you’re craving a drink with your seafood dish or pizza, you can opt for alcohol delivery services.
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alley Kat Brewing Company is a locally and independently owned microbrewery that started in 1995. Here are some of the beers in their collection.
- Aprikat Apricot Ale
- Buena Vista Brown Ale
- Full Moon Pale Ale
- Main Squeeze Grapefruit Ale
- Seasonal Collections
- Dragon Double IPA Series
- Back Alley Brew Series
- Special Editions
To top it off, if you own a kegerator or already have an existing kegerator account with them, you don’t need a reservation to avail of this service.
Bent Stick Brewing
Four brewers established Bent Stick Brewing in 2015. With a strong background in beer brewery, this company became popular with its top-of-the-line and creative concoctions.
Some of the best brews you can try are the Hay-Maker Wheated Pilsner, BS Wit, Electric Boogaloo Hazy IPA, Four Thirty PM Stout, and First Pull Coffee Amber.
Just note that since they have a no-frills taproom, only pre-packaged snacks are available inside. However, they allow bringing food from outside so you can still have Chinese or Japanese food while enjoying a fresh pint.
Sea Change Brewing
Sea Change Brewing started as a single-beer micro-brand in 2017. Through continuous effort and innovations, it became an award-winning staple in Alberta.
One of the notable features of this brewery is its can designs. Each can is carefully and artfully designed, so you can hint that the owners are artists themselves.
The quality and flavor of their craft beers match the artistry of their cans. In fact, many restaurants around Alberta feature Sea Change Brewing’s beers on their menus.
Here are some of their best-selling craft beers:
- The Wolf
- Prairie Fairy
- Death Wave
- Man Crush
- Irish Red Ale
Situation Brewing is the first microbrewery established on Whyte Avenue. Indeed the brewery is in the perfect “situation” because the avenue is known for its numerous bars and vibrant nightlife.
Some of the local’s favorite brews are Coffee Milk Stout, Sex Palace Imperial Stout, Page Turner IPA, Afternooner Tea Saison, and Extrovert Red Ale.
If you want to relish a pint and take some pictures for the ‘gram, you can enjoy your beer on their patio. It’s also a dog-friendly spot, so you can tag along with your four-legged buddies.