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Big Rock Brewery, Calgary

Categories: Breweries, Food & Drink
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 180 reviews on the web
Immerse yourself in the production of Harvest Ale from grain to glass at Big Rock Brewery. In 1984, founder Ed McNally at age 60 endeavored to create something different, an option for beer lovers looking for a deliberately different brew. Ed struck gold with a beer he coined "Traditional," but the brewery has gone on to brew much more. The signature series now has 13 different beers alone, along with drafts. Join the knowledgeable guides for a tour of the brewery and a sample of their strikingly different beers. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Calgary holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Big Rock Brewery and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • If you enjoy beer, make sure you take in the Big Rock Brewery tour. Our tour guide Colin B. was excellent in terms of describing the beer making process in detail. We learned about the finer side of t...  read more »
  • It was a very informative tour and Colin B was very Knowledgeable learned a lot about the brewing industry and the beer was great 
  • We went for tht tour under the guidance of Adam and it was a fun experience..tasting the different malt grains ve interesting. Loved having a chance to taste afew of the brews as well. 
  • Good food and of course the beer! Went on a staff function after work which started with a tour of the brewery, very interesting, then BBQ buffet. Excellent for the price.
  • Way out of the way but worth a visit. Good food and judge selection of beers to sample. Tours available. Amazing facility for one of Alberta's to breweries.
  • Went for a casual date lunch today for the second time ever at the grill, it was fantastic! The beer of course was great, but both our dishes were very delicious, and the service was wonderful!
  • Best beer in town, I made a commercial for the Eddies contest, went to Ed McNallys wake, hope the beer pours on forever! Love the whole beer community in Calgary.
  • Having only done the Wildrose Brewery Tour in the past I really didn’t have much of a measuring stick going into the Big Rock Brewery, nonetheless I was very excited to check out Canada’s leading craft brewery. Right away after pulling into the parking lot it was that clear I had entered into a new upper echelon of craft beer brewing. Wildrose felt cosy and quaint, but Big Rock’s facility feels massive in comparison. Their bottling facility alone shadows Wildrose’s entire facility! Also on site is the brewing facility of course, a restaurant – “Big Rock Grill” that doubles as their events centre, and acres of farm land they lease out to farmers (some who contribute ingredients to the beers brewed on site!). Our tour group started at the upper level of their events centre with some beer sampling, despite being at Canada’s largest craft beer brewery one of the biggest hits is actually the Black Currant Cider from their Rock Creek cider series lol. There’s a total of 16 taps on the upper level, the majority being from their Signature Series but there are also a couple Brewmaster Editions like The Great Cherry Farini that I was happy to try. There are all the usual favorites like Grasshopper, Traditional and Honey Brown, but tonight most of the attendees like me are here to expand their palette and try something new! One that I really enjoyed was their SAAZ Republic Pilz; it’s soft and malty with a nice mild hop finish. After sampling some drinks we put ourselves in the very capable hands of Kelsey our Tour Guide who doubled as our Bartender. We began at the start of the brewing cycle with all the raw ingredients and followed what would be the usual cycle through malting, mashing, lautering, boiling, fermenting, filtering and finally bottling/packaging. I’m extremely impressed with how well versed Kelsey is with the process and history of Big Rock, she lead a tour McNally would be proud of! The brewery itself is very impressive, from the giant 200 hectolitre tanks right down to their new Nano Brewery tanks and Brewmaster Casks. One of the highlights for me was the two new Open Fermentation tanks, these take in yeast from the open air that are added into the fermentation process. It’s the oldest process known, but one that is new to craft beer in Canada, can’t wait to try the finished product! To conclude we ended at the gift shop for some more samples along with the opportunity for any additional questions. I was happy to take home a six-pack of SAAZ and a wealth of new knowledge. Cheers,
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