It’s time to get into some great Canadian beer—and we’re not talking about your average two-four. Microbreweries are hella hot lately, with more than 500 in operation across the country. These small-batch beers are typically brewed with local ingredients by local people, meaning they’re a perfect way for you to support small businesses in your area while getting your drink on.
There’s tons of variety at each location—Brewsters alone has 16 beers on tap! And many of the microbreweries in Edmonton offer guided tours, making this more of an experience than your average trip to the liquor store. But don’t panic about being overwhelmed by choice. Our Localist correspondent Megan Marrinan rounded up the best microbreweries in Edmonton so you know exactly where to spend your Friday nights. Then, spend the rest of the weekend hitting up the best microbreweries all across Canada.
Location: 10229-105 St., yellowheadbrewery.com
Open since: 2010
The rundown: Yellowhead is rustic with wood floors and beautiful brick walls. It’s a unique event space, perfect for private functions, from birthdays to weddings.
What to order: The super smooth, easy-to-drink Pale Ale
What they’re known for: Their original Yellowhead Lager
Beers on tap: 5
Guided tours: Yes, Monday to Saturday
Location: 11620 104th Ave., brewsters.ca
Open since: 1989
The rundown: Brewsters has been operating in Western Canada for more than 25 years, and this location is large with two levels, a couple of cosy fireplaces for the winter months and a great patio for the summer. All Brewsters are relaxed with a fun environment.
What to order: Raspberry Ale and 35-cent wings
What they’re known for: Their foosball tables and city-specific merch
Beers on tap: 16
Guided tours: No
Location: 9929 60 Ave. NW, alleykatbeer.com
Open since: 1994
The rundown: Alley Kat is the fourth-oldest brewery in Alberta, and even though they produce 3.9 million bottles a year, every brew is small batch.
What to order: The Aprikat, a crisp, apricot-y wheat ale
What they’re known for: AlleyKat uses four main ingredients: barley, malt, hops and water, to produce the most flavorful and high quality craft beer.
Beers on tap: 7
Guided tours: Yes, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.