Compiled by the Road Trip Alberta team
Last updated on May 23, 2021
The craft beer scene in Edmonton has certainly amped up over the past few years. With so many different options now available in the city, it’s no wonder that Edmonton breweries are getting worldwide recognition for their offerings. It’s amazing to not only see the creativity in the suds that are produced, but also the unique naming of the brews and decorative artwork on the cans.
If you are having trouble deciding which beers to try or what breweries to go to, we’ve narrowed it down to 11 of our favourites. Apart from getting it at the source, you can find many of the beers for sale in liquor stores throughout the city and province. And be sure to download the Explore Edmonton Brewery Pass which will get you discounts to many of the Edmonton breweries we suggest.
Don’t Miss These Edmonton Breweries
Sea Change Brewing
Address: 9850 62 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0E3
Often noted as one of the best breweries in Edmonton, Sea Change Brewing is a locals favourite. Passionate about beer, music, and the Edmonton community, the brewery is known for its continuously innovative creations. You can tell the brewery is artist-owned, because each of their can designs is a work of art in itself – and while you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the quality of their beer does indeed match the stunning artwork on each of their offerings.
With staples like blonde ales, Irish red ales, and IPAs, Sea Change also experiments with local flavours, meaning there’s always something new for you to try. The Prairie Fairy, with notes of tart blackberry and raspberry, is an ongoing favourite, while their Wolf, a pale ale made with Alberta-grown oats and wheat, is so famous that many patrons have been tattooed with its logo.
If you get a chance to visit their taproom, the atmosphere is friendly and fun, serving up excellent street food choices to go alongside their beverages (try the banh mi). You can also find many of their beers on menus at other restaurants around Alberta – the Keg has a few Sea Change options – so make sure to try this Edmonton craft beer whenever you can.
Address: 8620 53 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5G2
Analog Brewing proudly bills itself as Alberta’s nerdiest brewer – and who can resist a title like that?! Created by two best friends who share a love of both craft beer and video games, a night spent in their taproom is a guaranteed good night out: Think top-quality beer and an extensive collection of board games, cards, and video games. There are even a few retro arcade games to try in between sips of your beverage of choice!
But it’s not just the taproom that’s the draw; their beer easily places them in the top Edmonton breweries. With a goal of making delicious beer with a retro twist, their selection includes Ready Paler One (an IPA with a strong citrus character), The Hive Bomber (a wheat ale with locally-sourced honey and barley), and In Another Castle (a peach mango milkshake IPA that will knock your socks off).
Analog Brew also aims to make “sessionable” beers; this means that they focus on making sure you can drink a few pints without being overwhelmed by flavour profiles or intoxication. Their ABV is naturally a little lower than some crafts – often between 4% and 5% – but that just means you can enjoy responsibly!
Address: 10308 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1X2
If you’re looking for one of the best Edmonton craft breweries, look no further than Situation Brewing. The Edmonton brewery uses a minimalist approach to its beer-making, believing that beer should be neither pretentious nor complicated.
With favourites like their flagship Page Turner IPA (bold, with a distinctive tropical hop flavour) and their Iconic Coffee Milk Stout (velvety and rich, they use coffee beans from local coffeehouses), there’s something for every beer drinker. Try their Sex Palace Imperial Stout when you need something to warm you up (it has a whopping 10% ABV) or their Afternooner Tea Saison with seasonally changing tea and fruit combinations when you’re craving something unique and refreshing.
If you get a chance to visit their taproom, you’ll love their industrial décor, friendly service, and tasty food menu (try their borscht sandwich or their veggie pizza). They also serve flights of beer and light snack options, such as poutine or pretzels.
Address: 10257 105 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1E3
This highly-recommended craft brewery in Edmonton is renowned for its outstanding service, mouth-watering food menu, and – you guessed it – top-notch beer. With a great atmosphere and plenty of patio space, Campio Brewing‘s taproom is one of the best in the city for a lively and memorable afternoon or evening. Their pizza, whether enjoyed in-house or with home delivery, is often hailed as some of the best in all of Alberta!
But let’s talk about the beer. With a wide range of flavour profiles to choose from, you can try something new every day of the week (and then some). With staples like their flagship Campio Premium Lager to the tart fruit ale that’s aptly named the Albertosourus, you won’t be disappointed with their selection. Try their Elevator Love Letter if you can, a German hefeweizen made with Canadian wheat, notes of spice, and a hint of banana flavour.
Polar Park Brewing
Address: 10416 80 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5T7
This microbrewery in Edmonton is known for its innovation, whether that be with its taproom food selections or its diverse range of beers on offer. Aiming to feature the best of Canadian ingredients, this crowd-pleasing brewery in Edmonton is home to an extensive menu of craft brews, all with a distinctive can design that’ll make you want to collect one in every colour.
When it comes to their beer, favourites include the Tropic Tundra (an IPA with tropical flavours), Pink Panther (a raspberry witbier with hints of dried limes and spices), and Valley of the Giants (a bold, 7.1% AVB Belgian blonde with notes of ginger).
Fans of Edmonton craft breweries will love their taproom’s atmosphere, too, as people rave about the friendly staff, spacious seating areas, and quick service, not to mention the high ceilings and large patio (all of which make it perfect for your next private event). Stay tuned for upcoming live music events hosted at Polar Park, too!
Odd Company Brewing
Address: 12021 102 Ave #105, Edmonton, AB T5K 0R8
With a tagline like, “Good cheer, better beer”, you know that Odd Company Brewing is going to be a fun brewery to visit in Edmonton! They claim their brewers are chemists above all else, and with a combination of “mad science and fine art”, their beers are some of the most creative of all of the Edmonton breweries.
Make sure to try their Good Chemistry IPA (smooth and easy to drink with lots of tropical notes, it’s perfect for summer weather), their Passionfruit and Coconut sour (it’s as good as it sounds, with a strong finish of coconut), or their Dark Pilsner (think chocolate, buttercream, and roast coffee… how can you not like this beer?).
With a fantastic patio, a spacious taproom, and knowledgeable staff, this brewery makes for a perfect afternoon or evening with friends.
Address: 9942 67 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0P5
Omen Brewery is one of the most unique of the Edmonton breweries in that it is the only one that specializes in dark beer. Family-owned and operated, their aim is to make everyone fall in love with dark beer, regardless of past taste preferences.
They certainly succeed in doing so with their Spilt Milk (a creamy milk stout), their Claustrophobic (an IPA with a jet-black colour, thanks to its dark malt bill), and their Raven’s Head (a black lager… who would have thought?). Their innovative approach to brewing means that even craft beer lovers who think they’ve seen it all will surely find something new at this brewery. Their taproom is warm and inviting, too, so be prepared to make Omen Brew your new go-to spot in Edmonton.
Town Square Brewing
Address: 2919 Ellwood Dr SW, Edmonton, AB T6X 0B1
With a goal of catering to every type of beer lover – whether you’re after a quick afternoon flight or an evening lounging in the taproom with one of their artisan pizzas and a few pints – Town Square Brewing is one of the locals’ favourite breweries in Edmonton. They also give back 10% of all proceeds to a selected charity every month, helping to support the local community.
And one thing’s for sure: Their beer does not disappoint. With a huge array of IPAs, sours, pilsners, lagers, and stouts, you’ll never get bored of the Town Square Brew selection. All packed with flavour, our favourites are the ‘Popular Slice of Life NEIPA’, ‘Apricot Green Tea Sour’, or the Beets Kettle Sour which is created using 140 pounds of hand-peeled beets mixed with tart citrus flavours.
With a welcoming taproom with views to the brewery, a large fireplace, and comfy chairs, don’t be surprised if this quickly too becomes your favourite craft brewery in Edmonton.
Bent Stick Brewery
Address: 5416 136 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5A 0E4
Founded in 2015 by four brewers, this brewery serves up some of the best craft beer in Edmonton. With a no-frills taproom, it’s clear that Bent Stick Brewery is all about the beer, and it shows in their craftsmanship and dedication to producing the perfect pint.
And when it comes to their beer, you’d be hard-pressed to find another Edmonton brewery that matches their creativity. Some of their best include the Hay-Maker (an Alberta wheat pilsner, creating a “Bent Stick twist on a European classic”), the Electric Boogaloo (a double dry-hopped IPA with sweet and fruit-filled flavours), the First Pull (an amber ale made with coffee beans from a local roasting house), and There Will Be Blood Orange (a delicious Radler that will keep you cool on hot summer nights).
There’s something particularly home-grown and down-to-earth about Bent Stick’s beer, and it’s no wonder it made it to our list of the top Edmonton breweries.
Address: 11239 180 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 0B4
Don’t be fooled by this intimate but sparse taproom: they’re saving all the bells and whistles for their beer. With an incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff, S.Y.C. (Share Your Craft) Brewing is the kind of place you go when you want to chat about the beer you’re drinking and get to know the brewers face-to-face.
And do they ever know their beer! Their rotating lineup of beers on offer is outstanding, so you’re bound to find a new favourite no matter when you visit. Top choices include the Pineapple F.O.M.O. (a dry-hopped sour with a tart kick), Good as Gold (a golden Dortmunder lager with spicy European hops), and the Tarasque (a dry Irish stout with hints of chocolate, caramel, and nuts).
Address: 4901 50 St, Leduc, AB T9E 7H8
Found just south of the city in Leduc, we couldn’t resist adding Rural Routes to the list of the best Edmonton breweries. With an ever-changing lineup of fantastic beers, there’s always a new favourite to find here. With some of the most eye-catching can designs and creative names around, it’s definitely tempting to collect them all!
Our top choices include the Amaretto No Regretto (a tart ale with a smooth finish), the Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows IPA (bursting with citrus for all of us who need a little sunshine on a cloudy day), the It’s Pronounced Chow-Dah (an NEIPA with strong notes of pineapple and guava), the Subjective Stonefruit (a West Coast Pale Ale brewed with peach and apricot), and the Shiny Penny Syndrome (a copper ale for all those malt-lovers). We told you they had the best names!
On top of the excellent beer, their taproom offers up both delicious food and a warm atmosphere, with staff who make sure every visit is memorable. They strive to serve only home-grown, locally-sourced dishes, all with reasonable prices. Rural Routes is definitely worth the drive from Edmonton!
Map of Our Favourite Edmonton Breweries for Craft Beer
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