Six events to check out during YYC Beer Week

An interest in beer can reach far beyond gulping down a couple of pints at the local pub. And luckily, the Calgary beer scene is exploding with resources. Small batch brewers, local entrepreneurs and Alberta barley have created an exciting beer culture in Calgary ready to explore.

Make plans to attend the inaugural YYC Beer Week celebrations that aim to promote and encourage the appreciation of the city’s brewing community. The five-day event organized by BeerGuysYYC, a group dedicated to supporting Calgary’s craft beer makers, involves 30 participating businesses presenting their own exclusive beer-related menu items.

Here are our recommendations of events to hit up during YYC Beer Week.

VIP Launch Party

To kick off YYC Beer Week National on 10th will be hosting an official launch party on their rooftop patio. Enjoy a night of great beer specials, snacks, prizes and more!

Monday, June 5

4:00PM – 7:00PM

National on 10th

341 10 Ave SW

Beer Styles 101 with Cam

Stop, sip and savour through the basics of beer education. Join certified cicerone Cam to discuss various styles and flavours of Canadian brews accompanied by some of his top craft picks from the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

Tuesday, June 6

7:00PM – 8:30PM

The Beer Vault

102 Meridian Rd NE

Village Beer & Cheese Pairing

Join Springbank Cheese Co. and Village Brewery for a special evening of beer and cheese pairings. Your ticket includes an in-depth tasting of different beers and cheeses, a tour of the brewing facility and a souvenir pint glass to take home. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Progressive Alternative Society of Calgary.

June 7

7pm – 9pm

Village Brewery

5000 12A St SE, T2G 5K9

Last Best Social Club

Beer tasting and beer chat are the two essential bookends at the Last Best Social Club event. Join Adam and the team from Last Best Brewing and Distilling for a gathering of beer tasting and electic tavern grub.

Wednesday, June 7

8:00PM – 10:00PM

Last Best Brewing & Distilling

607 11 Avenue SW

Big Rock Brewery Tours

The beer at Big Rock brewery tells a tasty tale but why not take the opportunity to experience the careful crafting that happens behind the scenes. Join one of Big Rock’s trained beerologist’s on a free brewery tour.

Thursday, June 8

4:00PM – 8:00PM

Big Rock Brewery

5555 76 Avenue SE

Tool Shed Beer & Cheese Pairing

Tool Shed Brewing Co. have invited Say Cheese Fromagerie’s Nancy Brown to select some of her favourite cheeses to pair with their tasty brews. Enjoy sampling many of Tool Shed’s signature brews and take the opportunity to meet the brewers behind the labels.

Friday, June 9

7:00PM – 10:00PM

Tool Shed Brewing Company

801 30 Street Northeast, Unit 10

As proud supporters of local suppliers Hyatt Regency Calgary’s Sandstone Lounge showcases a wealth of YYC favourites ready-to-go on tap; Big Rock Grasshopper, Wild Rose Velvet Fog, Bench Creek Black Spruce Porter, Goat Locker Fainting Bock, Village Blonde and more. The downtown lobby bar even hosts its very own in-house craft beer, called the Sandstone Buffalo Head Lager. This easy-drinking brew’s inspiration dates back to 1892 when A.E. Cross opened the Calgary Brewing and Malting company, using the buffalo head as a symbol of frontier beer.

 

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