Illustration by Muti.

Calgary‘s craft beer scene is hopping, with new breweries opening on a regular basis. In the city’s southeast, you’ll find the Barley Belt, nine breweries and one distillery located a few minutes apart and each with a special vibe.

The Establishment Brewing Company

Photograph courtesy of The Establishment Brewing Company.

Former homebrewers Mike Foniok, Dave Ronneberg and Brandon Hart are known for their world-class craft beers.

Annex Ale Project

Photograph courtesy of Annex Ale Project.

This spot features experimental and unconventional small-batch ales that are served along with core beers in the brewery’s taproom.

Cabin Brewing Company

Photograph courtesy of Cabin Brewing Company.

These newcomers offer fresh, flavourful, hop-centric beers, including experimental small-batch brews in a cabin-like space.

Confluence Distilling

Sit in the lounge of this small batch distiller and sip a cocktail made from one of its spirits infused with locally sourced ingredients.

Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery

Photograph courtesy of Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery.

Alberta Beer Awards’ best new brewery (2018) serves small-batch beers, which previously included a black lager, and Southern-style barbecue.

Born Colorado Brewing

Photograph courtesy of Born Colorado Brewing.

With the tagline “Born in Colorado, Crafted in Calgary,” this brewery creates beers as fresh and crisp as the outdoors that inspired them.

Banded Peak Brewing

Photograph courtesy of Banded Peak Brewing.

The microbrewery focuses on approachable, northwest American-style and Belgian beers with plenty of fruity hop additions.

Legend 7 Brewing Co.

Photograph courtesy of Legend 7 Brewing Co.

Each of Legend 7’s beers tell a story relating to a legend about the number seven. The brewery has a kid-friendly taproom serving pub-style food.

OT Brewing Company

Photograph courtesy of OT Brewing Company.

This taproom is equipped with a frost rail along the counter to keep drinks cool, and serves easy-drinking, sessionable beer that’s not too hoppy.

Village Brewery

Photograph courtesy of Village Brewery.

This community brewery has one of the Barley Belt’s largest patios, and more than 180 years of beer experience between its seven partners.

[This story appears in the August 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]