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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

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

Jul
8

Nevermore Series

8 Summer Weeks • 8 Unique Beers

A special opportunity has come tapping, gently rapping at our chamber door and we’re at a place right now where we can really spread our wings and get creative. So each week for eight weeks this summer we will unveil an experimental, limited run keg brew to you.

Each new concoction will have only three 30L kegs of each beer released; one for Calgary, one for Edmonton and one for the Edson area. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram to find out where to get a taste of these creations from our award-winning team, because once they’re gone, they’re not coming back.

Sep
10

Edmonton Beer Geeks Anonymous Real Ale Festival 2016

Ritchie Community League Hall, Edmonton, AB • 1:00pm - 8:00pm

EBGA Real Ale Festival will feature breweries from across Western Canada and 2016 marks the 5th iteration of the festival. Naturally Conditioned Real Ale is as much alive as the brewers and beer geeks that seek it. Real Ale is unfiltered and unpasteurized method of preparing beer in vessels called firkins. Bench Creek Brewing will present a firkin as unique as the festival itself. If you are fan of the spontaneity, and passion behind one-of-a-kind beers, then this is a must attend festival.

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Sep
14

Feastival of Fine Chefs

Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB • 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us at the FEASTival of Fine Chefs – the ultimate gourmet dining experience! Treat yourself to a lavish evening with a multi-course dinner prepared by some of the finest and most creative chefs Edmonton has to offer. As well as satisfying your gourmet tastes, you will also be supporting the Stan Ballard Endowment Fund through a silent auction held throughout the evening.

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Sep
17

Kegs & Legs 5K Run & Beer Festival

Olds College Campus, Olds, AB • 9:30am - 4:00pm

Beer and running go together like Canada and Hockey… Batman and Robin… Yoga and Tight pants! Well maybe it hasn’t, but it SHOULD and now it WILL with the
Kegs and Legs 5K! So put a little hops in your step and join us for a fun filled day of running and beer!

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Sep
22

Alberta Craft Beer Charity Beer Festival

Willow Park Wines & Spirits, Calgary, AB • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Willow Park Wines & Spirits is excited to be hosting the 2nd Alberta Craft Beer Festival in support of Alberta Theatre Projects to kick-off Alberta Beer Week happening this September. This festival will give every beer lover a chance to sample the outstanding brew-making talent we have here in Alberta with special guests from different breweries. Delicious food pairings will tempt your taste buds as you try out some of Dave the Beer Guy’s recommended pairings in the room. Beer fans this night is all for you!

Sep
23

Calgary Oktoberfest

Upper Big Four at Stampede Park, Calgary, AB • 4:00pm - 10:00pm

The tradition continues! Calgary Oktoberfest occurring Sept 23 & 24th is a fun and social sampling event featuring many local craft and authentic Bavarian breweries, and delicious foods from Calgary’s top restaurants, along with authentic Oktoberfest music, dancers, games, and more in the Upper Big Four Building at Stampede Park!

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Sep
24

Oktoberfest in Camrose

Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Camrose, AB • 4:00pm - 10:00pm

In conjunction with the Augustana Campus, University of Alberta Alumni Weekend in Camrose, Augustana Chaplaincy is hosting an Oktoberfest featuring a small selection of Alberta craft beer. This is a fundraising event for Augustana Chaplaincy. Augustana Chaplaincy seeks to accompany the Augustana community on a pilgrimage of educating the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Chaplaincy provides opportunities for learning, community building, pastoral care, worship and service to all students at Augustana regardless of faith or non-faith backgrounds.

Sep
24

Calgary Oktoberfest

Upper Big Four at Stampede Park, Calgary, AB • 2:00pm - 9:00pm

The tradition continues! Calgary Oktoberfest occurring Sept 23 & 24th is a fun and social sampling event featuring many local craft and authentic Bavarian breweries, and delicious foods from Calgary’s top restaurants, along with authentic Oktoberfest music, dancers, games, and more in the Upper Big Four Building at Stampede Park!

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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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