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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

Apr
28

The Beltliner After Dark Series With Bench Creek

The Beltliner, Calgary, AB • 6:00pm - 9:00pm

4 Beers, 4 Courses. On Friday April 28th, everyone’s favourite breakfast spot will open its doors after hours for a beer dinner like no other. Bench Creek Brewing will present 4 beers to be paired by Beltliner’s Chef Alex. 6:00pm welcome cocktail.

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May
5

2017 Calgary International Beerfest

BMO Centre, Calgary, AB • 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Calgary International Beerfest is Western Canada’s largest Beer Festival , showcasing hundreds of premium beers, both domestic and international. The 2017 edition of the Calgary International Beer Festival occurring on May 5th & 6th will be bigger and better than ever with the entire BMO Centre, 250,000 sq ft of Halls A thru E, being full of breweries, distilleries, restaurants and beer loving enthusiasts.

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May
5

Northern Lands Collaboration Dinner

District Cafe and Bakery, Edmonton, AB • 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Join Chef Nate Box’s incredibly dedicated team at District for a night celebrating craft spirits and craft beer featuring The Dubh Glas Distillery with owner/distiller Grant Stevely, Yukon Brewing/Spirits with owner Bob Baxter and brewmasters from Bench Creek, Blindman Brewing, Parallel 49 and Tool Shed. This Event is SOLD OUT.

This Event is Sold Out
May
6

2017 Calgary International Beerfest

BMO Centre, Calgary, AB • 2:00pm – 9:00pm

Calgary International Beerfest is Western Canada’s largest Beer Festival , showcasing hundreds of premium beers, both domestic and international. The 2017 edition of the Calgary International Beer Festival occurring on May 5th & 6th will be bigger and better than ever with the entire BMO Centre, 250,000 sq ft of Halls A thru E, being full of breweries, distilleries, restaurants and beer loving enthusiasts.

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May
6

Northern Lands Meet Your Makers

Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, AB • 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Some of us hold a secret in our hearts. If we weren’t doing this, we’d buy up a vineyard. Or we’d start a craft brewery, a distillery, a restaurant. We spend our leisure time eating and drinking what they make, and marveling at what they’ve achieved. Meet Your Makers is a thrilling opportunity to spend some time with the country’s best as we eat and drink Canada in our glasses and on our plates. Celebrate the winemakers, brewmasters, principals and chefs responsible for the innovation and quality evolution of the Canadian wine, craft beverage and culinary industries.

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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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