The NAIT craft beer guide
Grab a pint and a snack made by a NAIT grad!
Picture it: a patio, a cold glass delicately pebbled with condensation, a delicious plate of something pefectly paired with that locally made pint, and some delightful conversation in the sunshine.
Thanks to NAIT grads, you can be part of that picture!
The Alberta craft beer community continues to boom, with more than 120 breweries across the province. And a growing number of them are operated or owned by grads! So beat the heat by raising a glass to handmade lagers and ales, not to mention local businesses.
Here's our list of great spots where you can sip, savour and relax.
(Are you a grad who should be on this list but isn't? Please let us know.)
9570 - 76 Ave., Suite 101
Head chef Christine Sanford (Culinary Arts '07)
Chef Lindsay James (Cooking '15)
Located in the Ritchie Market, Biera is a neighbourhood restaurant that pairs plates for sharing with beer brewed on-site. Instead of burgers or wings, you'll find charred cornichons with leek oil and dip, candied radicchio, and much more.
Campio Brewing Co.
10257 - 105 St.
Executive chef Hans Carlos Pinto (Cook '06)
Check out one of downtown Edmonton's most expansive patios while enjoying an array of snacks, salads, deep-dish pizzas, sandiwches and more. And, of course, the beer is made in house, including everything from a stalwart lager to a juicy pale ale to a refreshing sour.
Dog Island Brewing
250 Caribou Trail SW, Slave Lake
Owners and brewers Ben Fiddler (Instrument Technician '01, Electrician '02) and Chad Paulson (Instrument Technician '09)
Since October, 2016, Ben Fiddler and Chad Paulson have applied their trades training to craft beer. Stop in for a taste or take home a growler (a.k.a. jug). There's lots to choose from the easygoing DIBS raspberry wheat ale to the pronounced but balanced Saints and Sinners IPA.
The Growlery Beer Co.
40 Airport Rd.
Owners Kevin Danard (Landscape Architectural Technology ’97) and Jeff Pollock (Business Administration - Finance ’95)
The Growlery represents the ever-expanding Alberta craft beer scene in north-central Edmonton with small-batch beers made fresh onsite. Core beers including a light kolsch, a bold IPA, a juicy hazy IPA and a crisp lager are served alongside a revolving cast of seasonal brews.
#104, 9916 - 72 Ave.
Co-owner and lead brewer Troy Wassill (Radio and Television Arts '96)
Longroof Brewing serves up "respectfully defiant traditional style ales & fresh experimentals” in the alley off 99 Street and 72 Avenue, an area quickly becoming a popular spot for independent breweries, restaurants and shops. Take advantage of the spacious, dog-friendly patio (complete withe bike racks) while enjoying a flight. Grab growlers and howlers to go.
Odd Company Brewing
#105, 12021 - 102 Ave.
Head brewer Brett Geislinger (Radio and Television – Radio '08)
Located in the historic Oliver Exchange just west of downtown Edmonton, Odd Company has created a niche in the city's growing craft beer scene by taking an experimental approach to brewing. Rotating taps may feature anything from a hoppy sour to a white stout to "raw" ales. What does any of that mean? Stop by the taproom to find out.
9942 - 67 Ave.
Co-owner and brewer Rhys Oswald (Electrician '06)
This family-run brewery is the only operation in Alberta to focus on dark beer. Enjoy mainstays like an assertive rye-based roggenbier, a hoppy dark IPA, a rich milk stout and more, or seasonals such as a dark saison. (There are a few lighter beers for those afraid of the dark, but Omen hopes to cure you of that.) Every beer is made on site, on Edmonton's south side.
Town Square Brewing
2919 Ellwood Dr. SW
Co-owners Brandon Boutin (Steamfitter/Pipefitter ’05), Tyler McNaughton (Architectural Technology ’05) and Sterling Nordin (Heavy Equipment Technician ’02)
Drop in to this award-winning brewery not just for the beer (including unique and celebrated choices such as a smoky rauchbier or a beet-based sour), but for the artisanal pizza. Visit often, as new and inventive beers are always turning up on the taps.