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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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  • Select a brew...
  • 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

Feb
25

Alberta Food & Beverage Expo

Cypress Centre, Medicine Hat, AB • 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Sample hundreds of wines, spirits, craft beers, delicious hand crafted cocktails and amazing food from Medicine Hat’s best restaurants, pubs & local food suppliers.
This year features more floor space and much more food offerings. Tickets on sale starting at Moxies, Southwest Liquor Store and Exhibition & Stampede.

Mar
2

Hops & Whiskey Festival

Royal Glenora Club, Edmonton, AB • 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Proceeds for the 4th annual event will go to support the Pride Centre of Edmonton, which “provides a wide range of programs such as counselling, support groups, social events, and educational workshops that help improve the social, mental, and physical health of the LGBTQ and broader community.” You will have the opportunity to sample an impressive selection of craft beer and whisky, take part in a silent auction and enjoy light food fare while raising money for The Pride Centre of Edmonton.

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Mar
4

Bottlescrew Bill's 23rd Annual Beer Festival

Bottlescrew Bill's Pub, Calgary, AB • 2:00pm - 5:00pm

The 23rd annual Beer Festival is back on Saturday March 4th – Tickets are $30 at the pub and $35 online This year there are more new beers than ever before! 30+ agents, 75+ beers – tickets available from January 20th until sell out! Proceeds from this event go to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry

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Mar
7

Taste of the Chamber

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB • 5:00pm - 8:00pm

On March 7th, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce gives you the perfect opportunity to ‘sip, savour & socialize’ at the always popular ‘Taste of the Chamber’ event. Whether you’re a foodie seeking a new sensation, or a networker in search of the right occasion, this event is the perfect mixture of business and pleasure to ‘Ring in Spring’ with your fellow Chamber members.

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Apr
1

Alberta Food & Beverage Expo

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

Sample hundreds of wines, spirits, craft beers, delicious hand crafted cocktails and amazing food from Red Deer’s best restaurants, pubs & local food suppliers. This year features more floor space and much more food offerings. Tickets on sale starting at Moxies, Southwest Liquor Store and Exhibition & Stampede.

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.

Apr
7

2017 Brooks Beer Bonanza

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

Whether your 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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