Q: WHAT ARE THE ALBERTA BEER FESTIVALS ALL ABOUT?
A: The Calgary International Beerfest and the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival are a celebration of beer. Increase your beer knowledge, and find a new favourite by sampling some of the more than 700 different types of beer on site.
The Banff Craft Beer Festival introduces patrons to the world’s most beautiful beer festival, where you can sample exclusively, Alberta breweries and distilleries. Patrons will also be able to sample food from Banff eateries.
Q: WHERE ARE THE EVENTS HELD?
A: The Calgary International Beer Festival are held in halls C, D, and E of the BMO Centre on Stampede Park. The Calgary Oktoberfest is held at the Upper Big Four Building. Both are Located in central Calgary, just off MacLeod Trail and Olympic Way; Stampede Park is easy to get to, has ample parking, is close to a C-Train station, and near the Saddledome, 17th Ave. and Downtown Calgary.
The Edmonton Craft Beer Festival and Edmonton Oktoberfest are held in Edmonton Expo Centre at Northlands. Located in central Edmonton, just off Wayne Gretzky Dr. It’s easy to get to, has ample parking, is close to a public transportation.
The Banff Beer Festival is held at the birthplace of Parks Canada, The Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Leaving Calgary, head west on Hwy #1. Take the first exit into Banff (Banff Ave). Continue on Banff Ave. until you cross the bridge (Bow River). Turn right onto Cave Ave and continue until you reach the venue.
Q: WHAT ARE DATES AND HOURS FOR THE EVENTS?
A: Please visit the individual beer festival pages for details on each city’s date(s) and hours.
- Banff Beer Festival
- Calgary International Beerfest
- Edmonton Craft Beer Festival
- Calgary Oktoberfest
- Edmonton Oktoberfest
Q: WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT TO FIND WHEN THEY GET THERE?
A: Patrons will enjoy the amazing beers, succulent food, incredible interactive entertainment, great live music, and a lot more! Play games, learn about beers, meet people… there’s never a dull moment.
Q: WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU GET WITH THE VIP BEER GEEK TICKET?
A: VIP Beer Geeks get several perks. They have their own, separate entrance, early access to the event and their own private beer seminar! On top of that, many breweries will be bringing special cask beers to the event and Beer Geeks get first crack at these beers! A Beer Geek will also get discounts on merchandise.
At the Banff Beer Festival, VIPs get early entry into the event, a sample mug, and $10 worth of sample tokens.
Q: HOW DO THE SAMPLE TOKENS WORK AT THE EVENT?
A: All beer and food can be sampled by first purchasing sample tokens. Sample tokens are $1 each and sold in blocks of ten. Each sample is a minimum of 2 tokens but food and more expensive beers can be more. A sample of beer is legally 4oz, which is 1/3 of a bottle of beer.
Q: IS THERE A CHARITY INVOLVED?
A: Each year, the Alberta Beer Festivals partner with a local charity. Check each events homepage for further details.
Q: CAN I VOLUNTEER TO WORK AT THE FESTIVAL?
A: It may sound clichéd – but we really couldn’t do it without the volunteers. Most of our volunteers come to us through our charity of choice – but we would love for you to approach us to see if there is anything that you can do. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: CAN PEOPLE GET DRESSED UP FOR THE ALBERTA BEER FESTIVALS?
A: The festivals are an event for anyone who likes learning about beer, meeting new people, and having a great time. We encourage people to dress nicely but not too nicely. Last year there was a wide range of styles for the event. Anything from tuxes, togas, and kilts, to casual night-on-the-town attire. Dress comfortably but dress appropriately.
Q: WHAT IF SOMEONE ISN’T THAT INTO BEER? IS THERE SOMETHING FOR THEM AT THE EVENT?
A: Although the event has a very heavy focus on beer, we understand that not everyone appreciates this incredible beverage the way we do. In light of that, we will have ciders, and a conservative selection of other beverages such as coolers for patrons to enjoy – plus a wide range of interactive entertainment, live music, and delicious food from first-class restaurants and pubs throughout Calgary and Edmonton, and now Banff.
Q: WHAT TYPES OF BEER EDUCATION OCCURS AT THE ALBERTA BEER FESTIVALS?
A: Our goal at the Alberta Beer Festivals is to increase your “Beer-Q” and help you find a new favourite beer. Brew Master seminars, hosted by brewmasters and brewery representatives, are held regularly each evening. We also provide beer judging guides, beer lists, and food pairing information for all of our guests.
Q: FOR ALL OUR GLUTEN-INTOLERANT FRIENDS, WILL THERE BE OPTIONS AVAILABLE?
A: We usually have either cider or wine on site for each event. Please check the individual beer festival pages for a list of Exhibitors and their products that will be served.