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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 India Pale Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • India Pale Ale
  • Double India Pale Ale
  • Session India Pale Ale
  • 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’s 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.

How to Store your Beer

 

IT’S ALIVE! That’s right folks, Bench Creek Brewing doesn’t filter or pasteurize beer. That means that the beer you hold in your hand is a living thing!

We at Bench Creek Brewing feel that our beers are a lot like the fruit you buy at your favourite farmers market or fruit stand. You don’t like eating an apple that’s been pumped full of chemicals do you? Hands down, the fresher the peach is, the better it tastes. Pasteurizing, and using chemicals of any kind, are not traditional brewing techniques, so we tend not to use them…like, at all.

There is a way to combat spoilage, thanks to the miracle that is modern refrigeration, and we at Bench Creek Brewing take the greatest care to ensure all our products are refrigerated. Yeast will sit in a state of hibernation if stored in a refrigerator that is held at roughly 3 degrees Celsius. Think of our beers like a piece of produce. If you leave it on the counter, it’ll be fine to eat, but eventually it will spoil. Keep it in a fridge, and that fruit/beer will last a lot longer.

Where we're pouring

General Store

Welcome to the Bench Creek Brewing Web Store! If you can’t make it to the brewery to browse through our collection of stylish and practical giftware, don’t worry, we’re thinking of our loyal followers and have put in place this handy online ordering system. Day or night, snow, rain or even if you have a busy schedule, nothing can stop you from placing an order securely and quickly for any of the items within our online shop.

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Events

Feb
9

Bench Creek Tasting

LA Liquor, Lacombe, AB • 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Hey friends of Lacombe! We will be at LA Liquor Friday Feb 9th for a free tasting of Bench Creek’s finest. Join us any time between 4-7pm.

Feb
10

Rocky Town & Country Farmers Market

Town & Country Farmers Market, Rocky Mountain House, AB • 10:00am - 1:00pm

We’ve partnered with the Town & Country Farmers’ Market on this, their 40th Anniversary season, to bring Rocky Mountain House a selection of our merchandise, and of course our great tasting, hand crafted beers!

Feb
15

Bench Creek Brewing Tasting

Crestwood Curling Club, Edmonton, AB • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sampling Northern Grace Red Rye IPA, Naked Woodsman Pale Ale, White Raven IPA, and Black Spruce Porter for Thirsty Thursday night Curlers to decide what gets put on tap next!

Feb
16

Twin Creeks Tap Takeover

Underground Tap & Grill, Edmonton, AB • 3:00pm - 7:00pm

The Twin Creeks (Bench Creek Brewing & Ribstone Creek Brewery) are at it again, taking over 6 taps each at Underground! Come share a laugh, and a good time with two rural Alberta breweries.

Feb
16

Anti-Valentine's Tasting

Kensington Liquor Cellar, Calgary, AB • 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Kensington Liquor Cellar is having a sale on single cans (get it?) and Bench Creek Brewing will be there, sampling our lineup!

Feb
17

Tasting at the Market

J Webb Market Wines, Calgary, AB • 11:00am - 2:00pm

Come spend a Saturday with us at the Market! We’ll be tasting a selection of Bench Creek brews, and helping you decide what to bring home for Saturday night!

Feb
20

An Evening with Alberta Craft

Dylan's Burger & Deli, Lethbridge, AB • 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Dylan’s Beer Dinner series is back for 2018 with the two breweries that help them start the series in the first place – The Twin Creeks! A 4 course meal paired with some of Alberta’s best craft beers! *** THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

Feb
21

Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers Market

Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association, Calgary, AB • 3:00pm - 7:00pm

We’re back at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers Market selling merch, and tasting our award winning lineup of seasonal and flagship beers!

Feb
22

Bench Creek Tap Takeover and Live Jams

Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria, Red Deer, AB • 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Bench Creek Brewing is taking over the Famoso taps at 5pm on Thursday, February 22! Come check out the lineup of amazing brews for only $4.95.

Feb
23

Bench Creek Tasting Event

The Beer Vault, Calgary, AB • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Learn how we started, where we’ve been, and where we’re going, at this sit down, ticketed event. We’ll explain our history, explain the process, and taste our award-winning lineup! For tickets and information call The Beer Vault.

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Come for a visit

Contact Us

T    780.517.7008
E    info@benchcreekbrewing.com

Site Tours available Saturdays 11am to 12pm by appointment only.

Hours

Monday and Tuesday
Brewing in Progress
Wednesday Tasting Room & Patio
5pm to 8pm*
Thursday Tasting Room & Patio
5pm to 9pm*
Friday Tasting Room & Patio
5pm to 10pm*
Saturday Tasting Room & Patio
12pm to 9pm*
Sunday Tasting Room & Patio
1pm to 5pm*

*Last pour ½ hour before closing

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