FAQ

ABF EVENT FAQ

WHAT ARE THE ALBERTA BEER FESTIVALS ALL ABOUT?

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.

At the MASHING Calgary & Edmonton, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in many of the things ABF believes in – the concepts of grains to glass and farm to table, all things local, art, culture, community, and a strong charitable component – all while sampling from incredible distilleries, breweries, cideries and restaurants. With DJs, a live music stage, art installations, photography walls and more – you’ll be transported to a whole new world just by stepping out in your own community. Live deep at the Mashing!

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.

Your mountain adventure awaits at the Jasper Beer & Barley Summit/Festival, hosted at the world-renowned Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, is unlike any beer festival experience in the world. Think of it as part beer/spirit festival, part intriguing story-time seminars, and part wilderness adventure.

WHERE ARE THE EVENTS HELD?

The Calgary International Beer Festival is held at the BMO Centre on Stampede Park. The MASHING Calgary is held at the Stampede Grandstand. 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 is held in Edmonton Expo Centre. 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 MASHING Edmonton is held outside at Re/Max Field just south of downtown on 96 Ave.

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.

The Jasper Beer and Barley Summit is hosted at the world-renowned Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in beautiful Jasper, AB.

WHAT ARE DATES AND HOURS FOR THE EVENTS?

Please visit the individual beer festival pages for details on each city’s date(s) and hours.

WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT TO FIND WHEN THEY GET THERE?

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.

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU GET WITH THE VIP BEER GEEK TICKET?

Beer Geek VIPs get several awesome perks! VIPs get their own separate entrance, their own private VIP Lounge area, private VIP washrooms and VIPs enjoy one free admission to each seminar area.

At the Banff Beer Festival, VIPs get early entry into the event, a sample mug, and $10 worth of sample tokens.

HOW DO THE SAMPLE TOKENS WORK AT THE EVENT?

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.

IS THERE A CHARITY INVOLVED?

Each year, the Alberta Beer Festivals partner with a local charity. Check each events homepage for further details.

CAN I VOLUNTEER TO WORK AT THE FESTIVAL?

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 info@albertabeerfestivals.com or complete the online form at www.albertabeerfestivals.com/become-a-volunteer.

CAN PEOPLE GET DRESSED UP FOR THE ALBERTA BEER FESTIVALS?

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.

WHAT IF SOMEONE ISN’T THAT INTO BEER? IS THERE SOMETHING FOR THEM AT THE EVENT?

Although the event has focused on beer, we understand that not everyone appreciates this incredible beverage the way we do. In light of that, we do have spirits to sample at the Distillery District, numerous ciders – plus a wide range of interactive entertainment, live music, and delicious food from first-class restaurants and pubs throughout Calgary and Edmonton.

WHAT TYPES OF BEER EDUCATION OCCURS AT THE ALBERTA BEER FESTIVALS?

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.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR SUSTAINABILITY?

The Calgary International Beer Festival has a number of green initiatives in place to assist the community in reducing a carbon footprint. All of our paper products are printed and created on recycled, sustainably sourced materials. We give patrons a reusable collector mug, which reduces garbage intake by upwards of 95%.

All of our products are locally sourced, and our beverage containers are all recycled. We do our very best to promote local business, and help the provincial economy, by giving a portion of our proceeds back to the community with the support of over 30 charities in Alberta.

ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED?

No. The events are 18+ only. Valid ID must be presented (ie, driver’s license, government issued photo ID).

IS FOOD INCLUDED IN THE TICKET?

Food is NOT included in the ticket, however there will be great restaurants and pubs onsite that will pair well with beer, your beer tokens can be used to purchase food.

HOW CAN MY COMPANY BECOME A SPONSOR?

Please visit our CONTACT PAGE for Sponsor details.

BANFF CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

I’m travelling from out of town, is there accommodation packages for the festival, and can I get a discount?

Again, Banff Craft Beer Festival has partnered with the Banff Lodging Co.  There will be great discounts available for weekend packages, check it out HERE!

Where is the Cave and Basin Located?

The Cave and Basin is located at:

311 Cave Ave , Banff, AB
T0L 0C0, Canada

If you’re traveling Westbound on Banff Ave. continue West on Banff Ave until you pass the Banff Ave. Bridge, then make a right onto Cave Ave and continue along until you arrive at the Cave and Basin.

Will Shuttles be made available to and from the Banff Craft Beer Festival?

Shuttle service to and from the festival will be made available from Banff Ave Brewing and High Rollers in downtown Banff to the Cave & Basin. Present your Banff Craft Beer Festival ticket to board the shuttles.

What other things are there to do in the immediate area of the hotel?

For starters,  Skiing – Mt Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise will all be open for the season. The Alpine Ski World Cup Racing will be happening in Lake Louise the same weekend. Banff Hot Springs and the Red Earth Spa at the Caribou Lodge is a great place for people to relax before or after the festival.

Anything else we need to know?

  • Admission pass does not include food/beer tokens
  • Sample Tokens are $1 each sold in blocks of 10
  • No Minors, ID required
  • No outside food or beverages
  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • Tickets are transferrable
  • No re-entry