Kananaskis: An Amazing Place with a Great Craft Beer Fest!

While in the car on my way to the Kananaskis Craft Beer Fest my spirits were exceptionally high. How could I not be in a good mood when I know that I am about to sample some great Alberta craft beer while enjoying this incredible scenery? There is something about the Rockies that just makes me happy to be in Alberta. They can keep all of the sandy beaches and tropical weather because my heart belongs in the mountains.


The drive alone is incredible! Kananaskis Country scenery from the car.

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The 1st Annual Kananaskis Craft Beer Festival

The Rockies will be stocked with craft beer this weekend when Kananaskis throws its very first annual craft beer festival as a part of the Kananaskis Mountain Festival.

Brewster Kananaskis Guest Ranch

Scenic countryside. Courtesy of The Brewster Kananaskis Guest Ranch.

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Amber’s Craft Beer

Amber's Sap Vampire Beer

Amber’s Sap Vampire – Maple Beer

Established in 2006, Amber’s Craft Beer is another Edmonton microbrewery. According to their philosophy, they started the brewery after finding a trunk full of old black & white photographs. These pictures were of a group of adventurous young Albertans from the 20’s and 30’s who traveled across North America on motorcycles.

They have a selection of beers with label designs that will remind the drinker of the era that inspired the brewers to start out on this path. These beers include Zombie Apocalypse, Pepper Barry Lager, Lunch Pail Ale, Sap Vampire Maple beer and a Chocolate Stout.


Amber’s beer is now brewed by <a href=”http://westernsuds.com/2013/09/21/hogs-head-brewing-company/”>Hog’s Head Brewing Company</a>.

Check them out online at Amber’s Craft Beer



A view of Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant from outside

The Lanigan family started the Brewsters brewpub chain during 1989 in Regina, Saskatchewan. It expanded west into Alberta during the mid 90’s and currently has 6 locations in the Calgary area and another 4 in the Edmonton region. Brewsters brews their own craft beer to compliment their diverse culinary menu. They offer 10 beers in their regular line up and another selection of rotating seasonal beers to keep you on your toes.

If you want some more for later, you can always purchase some beer to go. This way you can bring some of their offerings back home and even share with your friends if you are feeling generous.

Find a location near you at Brewsters

Yellowhead Brewing

Yellowhead Brewery taproom

A view from inside the Yellowhead Brewery’s tasting room.

Yellowhead Brewery is located in the heart of Edmonton in the city’s historic Shaw building. They have been in operation since 2010 and produce Yellowhead Premium Lager, which is sold exclusively in the Edmonton area. Yellowhead is very proud of Edmonton and is quite involved in the local community. They derive their name from “tête jaune” or “yellowhead”, which was the nickname given to the well known Iroquois-Métis, Pierre Bostonais, whom mapped a passage through the Rocky mountains that was eventually named after him.

Go take a tour of the historic building & microbrewery, enjoy some food and Yellowhead Premium Lager in the tasting room and leave with your own growler full of fresh lager.

To find out more about the Edmonton’s Yellowhead Brewery visit them online.

Alley Kat Brewing Company

Alley Kat craft beer

Courtesy of Alley Kat Brewing Company

Alley Kat is the oldest microbrewery in Edmonton and is actually the fourth oldest brewery in all of the province.  Alley Kat in using fresh, local ingredients to create original beers.  Aprikat, Alley Kat Amber, Full Moon Pale Ale and Charlie Flint’s Lager make up their regular lineup and they have a constant supply of changing special beers.

Check out their website for more info: Alley Kat Brewery