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8 of the Best Brewery Tours in the U.S.

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Few beer-drinking experiences are as fun as getting fresh brews straight from the source. So, if you’ve never been to one of the over 9,000 breweries operating in the United States, you’re missing out. Of course, choosing a brewery tour can be a challenge; each brewer has its own unique history, location and, most importantly, selection of beers. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of the best brewery tours in the U.S., all of which allow you to learn a bit more about the beer-making process up close. 

8 of the Best Brewery Tours in the United States

1. budweiser | st. louis, missouri.

Say what you will about drinking a Bud, but the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser brewery in St. Louis, Missouri is well worth a visit. At Budweiser , the company doesn’t just offer tours; they offer brewery experiences . You can explore beer and food pairings or get a VIP up-close look at the famed Clydesdales . And those are just two of the options. 

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Budweiser has been a mainstay in the beer world for about 150 years, so the brewery’s tours offer a lot in the way of beer-making history. Plus, you’ll have the chance to explore a wide range of the company’s brews, from classic Budweiser to the honey-malt flavors or Budweiser Supreme to the smooth Budweiser Chelada with Clamato.

2. Goose Island | Chicago, Illinois

The Goose Island brewery tour isn’t just special because of the souvenir glass and three samples you get along the way. Most enticingly, it’s a chance to get a near-complete look at the entire brewing process. For our money, the bourbon barrel aging room is a standout moment as it showcases the place where a range of delectable brews are aged to perfection. 

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Not familiar with Goose Island’s offerings? Start with the Lemonade Shandy for a light and bright option. The Lost Palate Hazy IPA is another excellent choice, and features flavors like mango and cinnamon. Needless to say, Goose Island brewery is a must-see spot on any beer lover’s trip to Chicago, Illinois. 

3. SweetWater | Atlanta, Georgia

If you want a tour with a ton of samples, look no further than SweetWater in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with a chance to try six fantastic brews, you’ll get a souvenir glass — but that’s not all. Tour-wise, you can choose between a condensed 30-minute tour or a 1.5-hour in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process.

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Sweetwater’s motto is, “We’re not here for a long time; we’re here for a good time,” and you can taste that passion in its brews. For a classic beer, try the 420 Extra Pale Ale, which is similar to an IPA. For something a bit darker, give the Hop Hash Double IPA or the seasonal Happy Ending Imperial Stout a go. 

4. Sierra Nevada | Chico, California

The Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico, California is the original of the company’s two locations, and that makes it an excellent option for beer lovers looking to go on tours. You can explore how the various brews are made firsthand, and then end your day at the on-site Brewhouse Bar.

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One unique feature of the tour? Learning more about Sierra Nevada’s commitment to sustainability. Plus, you’ll learn more about the company’s quirky founder, Ken Grossman, which is a real treat; he built Sierra Nevada’s first brewhouse pretty much by hand using, primarily, recycled dairy equipment. 

When it comes to the tasting part, you can’t go wrong with the Torpedo. But if you’re looking for something a bit different, give Strainge Beast, a hard kombucha, or the Tropical Torpedo beer a whirl.

5. New Belgium | Fort Collins, Colorado

A self-described “human-powered” brewery, New Belgium genuinely appreciates its employees, community and any out-of-town guests who come in for a tour. The company is also environmentally and socially conscious, setting high standards with its brews and values. 

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When it comes to what to try at this Fort Collins, Colorado-based brewery, you can always fall back on a classic: the Fat Tire. But the Voodoo Ranger IPA line is also worth checking out, especially if you visit in the fall, when the Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin brew is the seasonal treat on tap. If you’re not a big beer drinker, or want to try something a bit different, New Belgium’s Fruit Smash Hard Seltzer is a solid option. 

6. Pabst | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

With more than 175 years of history under its blue ribbon, Pabst offers tours that get you up close and personal with a classic American beer. Seriously — the tour is incredibly comprehensive, covering everything from a historic hall and Pabst’s former corporate offices to an old infirmary.

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As for the all-important samples, trying a classic Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) is a must. But if you want something fuller-bodied, go with Pabst Blue Ribbon Extra. For a lighter brew, there’s also Pabst Blue Ribbon Easy.

7. Maui Brewing Co. | Kihei, Hawai’i

A trip to Maui Brewing Co . is pretty much guaranteed to delight beer fans. Beer on tap, right from the source, on Hawai’i? It doesn’t get much better. If you visit the brewery, you’ll get a look in at the beer-making process as well as the company’s cellar and packaging line. Not to mention, there are sample brews to taste and complimentary souvenir glasses to take home. 

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While any brew here is worth trying, a few feel classically Hawai’ian in that they harness the flavors of local fruits. The Pineapple Mana and Coconut Hiwa are musts, for example, but you also can’t go wrong with more classic (and less fruit-forward) beers, like the Bikini Blonde, Double Overhead or Pueo. And for visitors who aren’t of drinking age or who don’t drink alcoholic beverages, Maui Brewing Co. makes a line of sodas, too.

8. Tröegs | Hershey, Pennsylvania

At Tröegs in Hershey, Pennsylvania, you can choose between guided and self-guided tours, making for an incredibly flexible visit and one of the best brewery tours in the U.S. If you go with the self-guided option, the entire experience is also free — great news for travelers on a budget, right? On the other hand, guided tours are just $5, and include a souvenir glass and some samples, so it’s definitely worth the price. During either tour, though, you’ll learn about this newer brewery’s history and process.

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A family-owned company that focuses on local ingredients, Tröegs is committed to exploring new, interesting flavors — and that makes the sampling portion of any visit pretty excellent. Not sure where to start tasting-wise? Try bestsellers like the Perpetual IPA or Tröegenator. Along with the company’s great beer, you can enjoy some made-from-scratch food, including bread baked fresh on site. If you’re not feeling hungry, you can wrap up your tour at the Art of Tröegs gallery instead. 


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Walking guided tours offer the most exposure to the city and communities you visit during your tours. These tours typically last 2 hours. They also go all year unless it's minus 39 or something.

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Self-Guided Walking or Biking Tours are essentially a build your own brewery crawl. There are no limits beyond what you can handle. Psssstt! They're FREE!

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Currated Self Guided Bike Tours are a little add-on to your normal "Bike Rental" service. With these tours you're on your own, but have a preset map, with some great advice to enjoy your trip. These are a great way to go exploring a little, but still have enough guidance not to be overwhelmed.

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Individual Brewery, behind the scenes Tours are the actual brewery tours where you book a timeslot and show up at the brewery for a staff guided in-depth tour of the manufacturing process. Usually It's just one at a time, and they could be private or with a group. Here you are almost guarenteed to meet the brewers and get inside information about your favorite brews.


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With more than 40 breweries and counting, Calgary has exploded into a brewery-hopping hotspot. Beer-lovers in the know are flocking to secret areas of the city, where clusters of small breweries are growing into communities of their own and offering rewarding adventures for those willing to go beer hunting.

The brewery scene has some old favourites, but for the most part is young and hungry. Brewers are experimental and willing to take risks. The taprooms are intimate community spaces where new friends await. The person pouring your beer is often the same person who made it and they love to talk about why the beer in your hand is special.

The steam rising from the floor vents. The smell of hot malt. The vibration of the brewing equipment. Visiting a brewery in person is an experience you can truly feel. From Annex to Zero Issue, now is the time to experience the best of our city’s beer. For a truly unique taste of Calgary that is out of the ordinary, grab a brewery map, an empty growler, and your fun-loving friends. Whether by foot, bike, train or car, your urban beer adventure awaits.

Calgary’s most prolific brewery cluster has grown just south of the downtown area, with 8 breweries producing an astonishing number of award-winning brews, all within walking distance. Breweries in this area are producing some of the best beer in the city, from hazy IPAs and craft lagers to fruity and funky barrel-aged offerings. They’re also known for the vast amount of seasonal and one-off beers being produced, meaning no two visits are the same. You will definitely want an empty growler to take advantage of tap-only small-batch releases. This area comes alive on Saturdays, with craft beer fans hopping between breweries.

Best Way to Get Around:  Bike or foot.

What to Bring:  Walking shoes, your friends, and an empty growler.

Local Tip #1:  Nestled amongst the 8 breweries in Manchester are three distilleries , a cidery and a winery, so there’s something for everyone. You may need two days to explore this entire area.

Local Tip #2:  When hunger hits, Annex Ale Project has a  Lil Empire Burger  popup serving fine casual burgers and sides, and most breweries allow you to take in your own food.

Local Tip #3:  Domestic bunnies now live in the wild in this area, so watch out for these fluffy balls of cuteness as you move between breweries in the northern part of the area.

Breweries in Manchester:

Cabin Brewing Taproom

Cabin Brewing Taproom

Establishment Brewing Taproom

The Establishment Brewing Company Taproom

Brewery Flats

Located in the historic neighbourhood of  Inglewood , the area known as Brewery Flats was once home to Calgary’s first brewery (Calgary Malting and Brewing, est. 1892). That brewery is now long gone, but the area has undergone a craft brewery renaissance. The sleek and modern High Line Brewing on Inglewood’s main street is a 20-minute walk away from 80s-themed Eighty-Eight Brewing, with another four breweries to visit in between.

Best Way to Get Around:  Bike, foot, or  Pedal Pub .

What to Bring:  Retro attire and an empty growler.

Local Tip #1:  End your day at Cold Garden or Ol’ Beautiful Brewing, which have adjoining patios and taprooms that are bustling late into the evening.

Local Tip #2:  Cold Garden was the first brewery in the city to become dog-friendly and is now a haven for dog-owners and dog-lovers.

Local Tip #3:  Revival Brewcade is lined with retro pinball machines and arcade games, so grab a bag of tokens and challenge your friends.

Breweries in Brewery Flats:

Cold Garden Beverage Company

Cold Garden Beverage Company

Eighty-Eight Brewing Co.

Eighty-Eight Brewing

Beltline & Sunalta

Next to the downtown area is the leafy  Beltline  neighbourhood, home to five breweries nestled amongst dozens of bars and restaurants that call the city’s party zone home. From fresh beer, barbecue, and big screens at the immaculate Trolley5 Brewpub, to exquisite hazy IPAs and craft lagers at Tailgunner Brewing’s taproom, it’s impossible to go hungry or thirsty in the Beltline.

Best Way to Get Around:  Foot or  Pedal Pub .

What to Bring:  Walking shoes and a picnic blanket.

Local Tip #1:  Bring a picnic blanket and take a shady break at one of the many inner-city park spaces that dot the route between breweries.

Local Tip #2:  Nestled between Tailgunner Brewing and Two House Brewing is the  Alberta Beer Exchange  in Sunalta, a craft beer-focused liquor store that specializes in seasonal and rarities from the province’s small breweries.

Local Tip #3:  Last Best Brewing & Distilling has a three-season outside patio with overhead heaters and a large fire pit to keep you cozy.

Breweries in the Beltline/Sunalta:

Tailgunner Brewing

Tailgunner Brewing

Trolley5 Brewpub

Trolley5 Brewpub

A quick C-Train ride south of the city centre on the Red Line, four breweries have formed a quadrant that offers four completely different visitor experiences. From communal tables, mouth-watering barbecue, and shuffleboard at Prairie Dog, to death metal and off-the-wall brews at New Level Brewing, there’s enough variety and beer to keep anyone busy all afternoon. Weekends are the best time to visit, outside of C-Train rush hours.

Best Way to Get Around:  C-Train or bike.

What to Bring:  Your appetite and your family.

Local Tip #1:  It’s a quick jaunt from Bow River Brewing to the Manchester breweries, so it’s easy to begin to tackle a second brewery area in one day!

Local Tip #2:  You’re allowed to take your bike on the C-Train at all hours.

Local Tip #3:  Bitter Sisters Brewery has two huge overhead doors that open to a massive dog-friendly patio out front that gets all-day sun.

Breweries in the South:

Bow River Brewing Taproom

Bow River Brewing Taproom

Prairie Dog Brewing Taproom

Prairie Dog Brewing Taproom

City Centre North

As you head north across the Bow River from  Chinatown , the breweries become more spread out but excellent beer awaits for those who make the effort. The first you’ll find is Calgary’s smallest production brewery Two Pillars, which makes just 100 litres of beer at a time. Their focus is on stronger beers and subtly spiced European styles, paired with simple, but delicious bar snacks. Further north, Citizen Brewing Company has a killer patio and well-priced burgers and fried chicken, and you can’t miss Zero Issue Brewing, where comic book nerds and beer aficionados come together over a constantly rotating beer list.

Best Way to Get Around:  Bike or designated driver.

What to Bring:  Sunglasses for the patio.

Local Tip #1:  Citizen Brewing Company’s patio is kid-friendly and dog-friendly, so you can bring the whole family, whether they have two legs or four!

Local Tip #2:  The military-themed Elite Brewery & Cidery has an 80-foot carbon fibre bar and has a rotating range of hard apple ciders on tap for a change of pace or a gluten-free option.

Breweries in City Centre North:

Citizen Brewing Company

Citizen Brewing Company

Zero Issue Brewing

Zero Issue Brewing

Brewmuda Triangle

From downtown, take a Blue Line C-Train northeast to Marlborough Station where you can walk to two fun brew spots and a cidery. Tool Shed Brewing was the first brewery to be licensed under new provincial laws in 2013 that opened the way for smaller breweries to open. Check out the back seating area for a birds-eye view of the brewery and to play one of the many board and table games they have on offer. One block away is Common Crown Brewing, which won Brewery of the Year at the 2020 Canadian Brewing Awards . 

Best Way to Get Around:  C-Train, designated driver, or foot.

What to Bring:  Your board game A-game.

Local Tip #1:  Most breweries in Calgary allow you to bring your own food. Stop at T&T Asian Supermarket by Marlborough Station and build yourself a snack pack for your outing.

Local Tip #2:  Book a tour at Tool Shed Brewing Company to hear their full, inspiring story of opening against the odds. Their tours are informative and fun. 

Local Tip #3:  Ask your driver to take you north past the airport to Railyard Brewing , a unique 50,000-square-foot taproom.

Breweries (& Cideries!) in the Brewmuda Triangle:

Common Crown Brewing Co. Taproom

Common Crown Brewing Co. Taproom

Tool Shed Brewing Company 

Tool Shed Brewing Company 

One of Calgary’s most unique brewery taprooms is situated in AF23, an old Air Force hangar located in Calgary’s former Currie Barracks military base, currently being redeveloped into a housing and retail community. For 25 years Wild Rose Brewing has served up hearty meals and beer in a cozy room akin to a mess hall. It’s a great place for lunch, especially if the sun is shining, and sets you up for a stroll through the leafy neighbourhoods of Garrison Green and  Marda Loop  to get to Marda Loop Brewing, an intimate community brewery serving balanced, easy-drinking ales paired with delicious small plates of bar snacks.

What to Bring:  Your family and a book to read under a tree.

Local Tip #1:  Ask what’s on Wild Rose’s “brewer’s tap” to get a taste of some small-batch beer they have on the go.

Local Tip #2:  The whole area between Wild Rose and Marda Loop Brewing is a former military base. Be sure to stop and read the plaques that explain the history of the area or plan a visit to  The Military Museums  along the way. 

Local Tip #3:  With just two breweries, a large open field beside Wild Rose and lots of playgrounds in between, this is a great walk to do with kids.

Breweries in the Southwest:

Marda Loop Brewing in Calgary.

Marda Loop Brewing in Calgary.

Marda Loop Brewing in Calgary.

BONUS: Foothills County

Foothills County is where the big breweries play! Take in a tour of the sprawling Big Rock Brewery facility, Calgary’s original craft brewery, some lunch at Brewsters Brewing and then round it out a flight with the newest player in the Foothills scene, Good Mood Brewery. This area is great to visit mid-week around the middle of the day to make the most of the food options on offer.

Best Way to Get Around:  Car, rideshare, or designated driver.

What to Bring:  A designated driver and your appetite.

Local Tip #1:  While the area isn’t great for cycling, there is a paved cycle path starting near Big Rock that runs through farmland alongside an irrigation canal that takes you all the way to Chestermere, some 33km away.

Local Tip #2:  Big Rock is set amongst grass and leafy trees and has a delightful restaurant and patio that is a perfect oasis on a hot day.

Breweries in the Foothills

Big Rock Brewery in Calgary.

Big Rock Brewery in Calgary.

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The Minhas Micro Brewery Calgary invites Canadian beer lovers to take one of the best Calgary brewery tours and get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes production at our Calgary brewery. You will see first hand where we make small batch ultra premium Canadian craft beer such as Lazy Mutt Wheat Ale, Red, Authentic IPA and the groundbreaking Lazy Mutt Gluten Free Lager. As you tour through one of the best Canadian breweries, you will get a real understanding of the careful thought and dedication it takes to make a truly delicious Canadian beer. To make a great beer, you have to love beer and you will definitely see that everyone that works at the Minhas Micro Brewery loves beer!

Any Canadian beer lover can tour the brew house, get your certificate in Beer education and grab a bite to eat at award winning and best pizza restaurant in Calgary, Pizza Brew (freshest pizza and appetizers, some with a beery taste & the best Canadian beers) alongside a selection of 80-plus different ales and lagers. Check out the Minhas Micro Brewery Calgary for damn good beer, fresh pizza, the best Calgary brewery tour and a heckuva good time.

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A flight of beer at the Establishment. Teh 2021 canadian Brewery of the year, teh 2021 and 2023 Alberta brewery of the year and the best stop on a calgary beer tour

With more than 130 breweries in Alberta, there are no shortage of options when YYCTOURS is searching for authentic craft beer. However, if you are searching for the best craft beer according to the judges, look no further than Calgary's own, The Establishment, who took home honours for a second time as Alberta Brewery of the Year. A former Canadian Brewery of the Year, Establishment does it all and then some with barrel aged and mixed fermentations as well. 

Calgary's Stony Slope , one of our favs here at YYCTOURS, won Alberta New Brewery of the Year. 

Here is a YYCTOURS breakdown of all the Calgary Breweries that won at this years Alberta Beer Awards

To read more about these great breweries, Check out our YYCTOURS  Calgary Brewery Tour reviews of Establishment and Stony Slope . 

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Cosmopolitan Calgary owes its stratospheric economic rise to it position at the centre of Canada’s oil industry. The natural resource has furnished the city with untold wealth, much of which has been used to untap its corporate and commercial potential, with glistening skyscrapers now dominating the landscape.

Another beneficiary has been the city’s burgeoning troupe of breweries, and its residents growing taste for craft beer. There are a vast number of companies offering brewery and beer-themed tours both in Calgary itself and the wider region. If you’d like to join such a tour, you may well find our list below useful.

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If the craft beer movement is growing in some places, it's fully mature in Alberta , a province conveniently blanketed in golden fields of barley and wheat. Brew fans have met their match in Calgary , a city filled with passionate, visionary microbrew masters. Make the rounds on your own or join Calgary Brewery Tours External Link Title to delve into the local brewing and distillery scene, meet the creatives behind the suds, and enjoy some Western hospitality.

Last Best Brewing & Distillery

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This spacious, rustically glamorous brewpub External Link Title  opened in 2015 and is full of exposed red brick and retro design. There are  11 top-notch microbrews External Link Title on tap, all of them made on the premises. But the extensive contemporary menu External Link Title also delivers pub fare kicked up to the fine dining level (like, roasted bone marrow with grilled romaine and beets, and root beer - roasted wings). This place is the fourth location from Bear Hill Brewing Co. External Link Title , which has three other Alberta breweries. There's also an onsite barbershop External Link Title  if you fancy a s have and a brew? 

Try: The aromatic and citrusy Last Best IPA External Link Title -- on the courtyard patio.

Big Rock Brewery

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"Deliberately different craft beers" is the motto at Big Rock Brewery External Link Title , maker of unpasteurized ales and lagers, plus cider. It's also Canada's largest independent brewery, founded 30 years ago by aficionado Ed McNally. With a focus on tradition and above all taste, Big Rock still feels personal. Take a one-hour guided tour with a "beerologist" and taste for yourself. Add a Euro-style  lunch at the grill External Link Title to your sampling itinerary, too.

Try: The Winter Warmer spiced ale with everything nice -- that is, caramel, cloves, ginger, and cinnamon.

Village Brewery

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An "it takes a village"-type community External Link Title is at the heart of Village External Link Title , a brewery that's big on supporting local artists and crafts people. Open-concept with fresh artwork adorning the walls, this space is friendly and unpretentious. Led by veteran Larry Kerwin, the guys make six lagers and ales External Link Title "just for Calgary." Thursday is vintage video game and foosball night. Village offers free facility tours on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Saturdays are for pre-booked tours and tastings. Try a pint or flight in the taproom or take a growler to go.

Try: The "hoppy, fruity" Village Blonde External Link Title .

CRAFT Beer Market

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If you want to get a broad brew overview, head to CRAFT Beer Market External Link Title , where you can sip 120 local and international labels External Link Title on tap, plus nosh on North American eats -- caesar salad, burgers, fish tacos External Link Title , and more. The place is vast, with a modernist warehouse-meets-barn interior, ideal for happy hour (or any hour, really). Expect a lively crowd on weekends, alternative music, and multiple sports games on the televisions. Check out the impressive selection External Link Title   before you go to narrow down your choices.

Try: An on-tap Belgian with a classic burger on a pretzel bun with homemade pickles and sharp cheddar, plus sweet potato fries.

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The Dandy External Link Title  may be  small, but it's a local favourite. Opened in 2015 in a light-industrial area, it's the city's first nano-brewer, meaning small-batch. Here, you can sample the flat brew from the fermenter taps. Delish! Comfy, laidback, and mellow, it's a bar with just 20 seats and a picnic table. There are no TVs, but a turntable and vinyl, and the DJ doubles as a server. Using homebrew-inspired alternative equipment, the owner-brewers External Link Title consistently offer two bargain-priced, quality-focused ales with personality: an IPA and stout External Link Title . From there, they innovate with bottled and draft beers External Link Title . There's no kitchen, but simple snacks. Tour, shop, or meet the artist in residence (open Wednesday to Sunday).

Try: The Oyster Stout with a ploughman's lunch (meats and cheeses).

Tool Shed Brewing Company

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Each small-batch ale at Tool Shed External Link Title  has a handcrafted backstory based on the brewers themselves. Beer names like  Red Rage External Link Title and People Skills External Link Title  give you a sense of what those might be . And yes, the entire operation started in a tool shed, as the name suggests. Buddies Jeff and Graham External Link Title are the "geekery" behind the brews, seeking to make their mark with outstanding suds. You can find Tool Shed around town, but be sure to taste at the source and enjoy the sprawling indoor beer garden set among tanks, equipment, and colourful murals. Pair your glass with beer and pizza, or a big, juicy BBQ'd burger.

Try: Bold, balanced, and big on the hops, Jeff's Starcheek IPA External Link Title .

Original and creative-to-the-max, Calgary's craft beer makers and the scene are not to be missed. Make time to taste the gamut of offerings. Cheers!

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