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What we’re all about

It’s easy to put things into perspective when you’re kilometres outside the nearest town standing next to a forest of spruce trees that happen to be older than the country you live in. The large things in your life get smaller, the small things simply disappear, and you’re free to move the mountains you thought were standing in your way. A life well lived is done only on your own terms.

Likewise, well-crafted beer is never an accident of fate. The ingredients didn’t fall together without purpose. Think of Bench Creek Brewing as a beacon for craft beer in Alberta, exploring the untouched wilds in search of new flavours before anyone else. We take what we find in those uncharted territories, refine it, distill it and perfect a beer that’s crafted to be shared with the world.

Our Brews

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  • Red Rye Ipa
  • Pale Ale
  • India Pale Ale
  • Double India Pale Ale
  • Session Ipa
  • Porter

SRM = Standard Reference Method. This is a measurement method to calculate the colour of beer where 2 SRM is super pale yellow and 40+ SRM is pitch black.

IBU = International Bittering Units. Another measurement, used to determine the level of bitterness in the beer. Something like a standard light American lager has about 8-10 IBUs, and a super hoppy double IPA can have 90+ IBU.

ABV = Alcohol by Volume.

The brewery

Our mentality

Maybe we spend too much time in the wild and it’s warped our sense of humour and our priorities. But survival of the fittest rules out here at Bench Creek. We’re only interested in creating the alpha brew, the apex predator of cold and delicious beverages. If a recipe isn’t strong enough to survive we either release it into the woods and let nature take its course, or put it out of its misery ourselves. Thankfully years of brewing excellence has lead us to a new mastery of the craft, producing distinctive and imposing beer that can stand up to any of its kind.

The process

At some point in your life you might venture into the woods in search of some kind of inspiration in your life and a short ways into the trip you start thinking to yourself that you might just never go back again. That’s a good instinct to follow.

Our beer making process is inspired in equal parts by Alberta’s seemingly untouched wilderness and the same inquisitive nature that drives people to discover the places where nature is still in control. The first step is to find the flavours that make our beer distinct, next we develop the recipes that make them balanced, delicious and worth discovering over and over again. And when each brew is complete – the culmination of months of testing and refining – it’s the end of a long road that started with one impulse: Good craft beer can be a force of nature.

How to clean your Growler

IT IS BEST TO clean your growler immediately after emptying it; all you need to do is TRIPLE RINSE with hot tap water.

However, If you are unable to clean it immediately, store it in the fridge until you have time. Remember, delays in cleaning your growler can lead to bacteria growth so ensure when you do CLEAN IT you use a small amount of dish soap. Then, TRIPLE RINSE with hot tap water – you don’t want any soap residue that can affect the flavour of your next beer.

Now throw away your cap and turn your growler upside down and allow to air dry completely.  Stagnant air and dampness in your growler can also harbour bacteria. Allowing air to circulate and completely dry your growler will reduce this risk.  We will provide a new cap when we refill your growler.

Where we're pouring

Events

Mar
24

Bowling, Brews, and Beats

Plaza Bowling Co., Edmonton, AB • 6:00pm - 5:00pm

60’s soul funk night. DJ and samples from Bench Creek Brewery.

Mar
25

Alberta Brewers Tasting

Valley Liquor, Turner Valley, AB • 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Join Valley Liquor for a taste of some locally made and inspired brews. Several Alberta breweries will be in attendance to talk about their beers and the breweries. Tickets are available at Valley Liquor in Turner Valley.

Mar
30

The Four Horsemen of the Hopocalypse IPA Takeover

The Beer Shop (Basement of Last Best), Calgary, AB • 4:00pm - Late

Bench Creek Brewing is taking IPAs to task in a big way. With the launch of Northern Grace Red Rye IPA, and Apex Predator Double IPA, we now have 4 distinct takes on this lucrative style, and we’ve made each their own. This series is affectionately known as the Four Horsemen of the Hopocalypse, and what better way to enjoy all 4 at once, than with a tap takeover at a place known for their IPAs. The Beer Shop has graciously let us invade their space for a fun filled evening of Hops, done 4 different ways. Enjoy a tasting from 4-7pm of Flint and Steel Session IPA, White Raven IPA, Northern Grace Red Rye IPA and Apex Predator Double IPA and a visit from the Bench Creek Team! There’s no cover on the evening, limited to capacity.

Apr
1

Red Deer Food and Beverage Expo

Westerner Park & Exhibition, Red Deer, AB • 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Sample hundreds of wines, beers, delicious cocktails and the best food from Red Deer’s best restaurants and local suppliers. 2017 will host over 120 vendors spread out over the Red Deer Prairie Pavilion in Westerner Park Brand new for 2017, the Alberta Food & Beverage Expo App, view all vendors and their offerings, token prices and the ability for you to add all your favourite’s to your very own favourite’s list. Tickets are on sale at at The Liquor Hutch, Moxie’s & Westerner Park.

Apr
1

Ritchie Community League 5th Annual Chili Cook Off

Ritchie Community Hall, Edmonton, AB • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Last year was a huge success (and tons of fun) and this year will be even better! Entries this year WILL NOT be limited to Ritchie alone. We think Ritchie Chili Tastes Better and we want to see what the rest of the city can serve up! Anyone is eligible to enter, but spaces are limited (and coveted) and will be selected by our Chili Experts. Judges are back again, but who will it be?! And of course, voter beans for the fan favourite. You MAY find a Bench Creek Brew in 1 or 2 recipes.

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Apr
7

2017 Brooks Beer Bonanza

Heritage Inn & Conference Centre, Brooks, AB • 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Whether you’re a fan of craft beer or simply want to try something new, come check out the Brooks Beer Bonanza where you can sample from over 100 different brews from over 60 different breweries! Your ticket gets you: entry into the event, a 4oz event sampling glass, 3 drink tickets, event program, access to the Afterparty at SPIN Nightspot and they’ll even feed you!

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Come for a visit

Contact Us

T    780.517.7008
E    info@benchcreekbrewing.com

Site tours Available Saturdays 12:00pm to 1:00pm by appointment only.

Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday Growler Fills 5pm to 7pm
Wednesday Growler Fills 5pm to 7pm
Thursday Growler Fills 5pm to 7pm
Friday Tasting Room & Patio
1pm to 8pm*
Saturday Tasting Room & Patio
1pm to 8pm*
Sunday Closed

*Last pour ½ hour before closing

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