Olds College Brewery

The brewing industry in Alberta and Canada is growing rapidly.  Customer demand has led to an explosion in the numbers of locally owned and operated craft breweries. The demand for locally produced brews has led to establishing the Olds College Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program, and the Olds College Brewery and Brewery Retail Store. 

The Olds College Brewery Retail Store sells cans, bottles, bombers, growlers and kegs. Our beers are also available at leading bars, restaurants, and liquor retailers across central Alberta!  

As a social enterprise we are not profit driven. All revenue from beer sales goes toward supporting education and in doing so, the brewing industry. Our only goal is to train the next generation right and to produce the best beer possible while doing so.

We produce all types of beer and train students in all beer styles, so we are constantly turning out new and creative seasonal brews in addition to our four ‘core’ brands.

Core Beers

(Available Year-Round)

Hay City

A delicious, sessionable beer brewed for beer evangelists and newcomers alike. Constructed from pure Canadian wheat and barley, this refreshing ale is crisp and clean, with a mild malt sweetness.

Style: American Wheat Ale

ABV: 5.0% | IBU: 20 | SRM: 5

Aggie Ale

Dank and citrusy hops are backed by a toasty caramel malt body with hints of bready overtones. Aggie Ale is generously hopped with a blend of Pacific Northwest style hops throughout the brewing process to let you know what the students are all about.  Pairs perfectly with a completed midterm.

Style: Pacific Northwest Amber Ale

ABV: 5.0% | IBU: 51 | SRM: 21

Olds Skhool

Full of rich, nutty, and roasty flavours, this American style brown ale has just the right balance of hop character to pique the interest and balance the malt complexity. Pairs perfectly with cold winter days while remaining light enough to spend some time on the summer patio.

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.4% | IBU: 36 | SRM: 38

Prairie Gold

Hops, hops, hops, and did you say you wanted some hops?  This Pacific Northwest-styled IPA combines a full, malty backbone to balance an aggressive hopping schedule. Caramel and light, bready flavours from the malts intermingle with the powerful citrus, resin, and tropical fruit character of the hops. An intensely hoppy beer elegantly balanced for quaffability.

Style: India Pale Ale

ABV: 6.5% | IBU: 72 | SRM: 10

Seasonal Beers

Alberta Beer Festival

Ctrl, Alt, D'Wheat

Olds College Brewery is once again collaborating with Alberta Beer Festivals (ABF) on the annual Brightside #BeTheBrewer contest. This year, the beer style winner is a refreshing hazy unfiltered German-style wheat beer or Hefeweizen. Made with over 60% wheat malt, Crtl, Alt, D’Wheat, is full on flavor yet light on the palate. Authentic hefeweizen yeast creates the compelling aromas of bananas, pear, apricot, bubblegum and cloves, while expressing a sweet grainy and bready finish. We invite you to enjoy this official 2019 Alberta Beer festival beer any day of the week!

Style: Hefeweizen

Ingredients: Water, barley malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, hops, yeast

ABV: 5.6% | IBU: 29

Aggies Gone Wild

Aggie's Gone Wild

Brewed with the finest malt barley and brightest hops, this stronger version of the classic Aggie Ale expresses similar flavours combined with a drier, warmer finish. At this time of the year, Aggie's gone wild!

Style: Amber Ale

ABV: 6.1%

Wild Wild Prairie

Wild Wild Prairie

Brewed in the earth of the Canadian Prairie, this dryer and stronger version of Prairie Gold is a comfort before the arrival of the summer. Sitting at 7.7% ABV, this Wild Wild Prairie have all the kick to enjoy the moment!

ABV: 7.7%

Demeter

Demeter

Demeter, Goddess of Harvest and Mother of Barley, is celebrated in this International Women’s Day brew. Containing both wheat and barley, this White IPA honours women of the brewing past, present and future. So raise a bottle of Demeter and show some love to your female brewmaster. 

Style: White IPA

Ingredients: Water, barley malt, wheat, hops, yeast

ABV: 8.0% | Strong Beer

The Beer with the Golden Hops

Brewmaster's Schools Out Series

The Beer with the Golden Hop: 007

This bright golden ale is hopped exclusively with 007: The Golden Hop™, giving it notes of orange, apricot, tangerine, and papaya with background piney characteristics and a hint of black tea. Although hop-for-ward, the bitterness in this beer is restrained and balanced in order to provide a perfect patio beer for you this summer.  Cheers!  

Ingredients: Water, barley & wheat malts, 007: The Golden HopTM & Citra® hops, yeast

ABV: 4.9%

Port Known As

The Porter Formally Known As (Black Widow)

Description: This is a robust porter style beer that utilizes a blend of traditional English and North American hops to provide the perfect balance of hop bitterness and rich, roasty malts with a hint of smoke. What you get is an incredibly smooth dark ale with layers of malt complexity. The Porter Formerly Known As is a strong yet very drinkable beer. Be careful, she may bite you.

Ingredients: Water, barley malt, hops, yeast

Style: Porter

ABV: 5.3%

Limited Editions & Student Creations

The Student Craft Beer series allows students of the Olds College Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program to create and sell their very own beers. From the recipe, through the brewing process, to the naming and marketing of the beer, these beers are a product of the skill, determination, and imagination of our students. These beers are brewed in smaller batches, and as such are available in limited quantities. Pick one up today and try them for yourself!

Students aren't the only ones who get to be creative. Our Head Brewmaster has created a line of limited edition seasonal brews, the Brewmaster's School's Out Series. The School's Out Series allows for the opportunity to create one-off batches of beer that you probably cannot find in your traditional liquor store; beers that are adventurous, bold, and will challenge your senses.

The Student Craft Beer series and Brewmaster's "School's Out" Series are only available in the Brewery Retail Store.

UFO Takeoff

UFO Takeoff

UFO TAKEOFF is a golden ale with brilliant white head. Carbonated, light and dry it's the refreshing summer beer with a bite that makes you keep coming back. Flavours of pineapple, apple, lime, lemon, grapefruit should cover the palate followed by a refreshing cracker character and bitter finish.

Ingredients: Water, barley malt, hops, yeast/Eau, orge malté, houblons, levure

ABV: 5.3%

By Alex Shaw (2019)

Saazquatch Lager

Saazquatch Lager

This Czech-style pils is a refined beast. While true to its style with fruity and floral tones and slight grassy notes... it definitely has attitude. The subtle spiciness of this beer's namesake Saaz hop complements its sweet and savoury malt character. Rarely seen, you don't need to have big feet to know this beer is sure to become a legend! 

NOTE:  This beer is currently only available for enjoyment at Grouchy Daddy's.

Style: Lager

ABV: 5.8% | IBU: 29

Where to find us

Olds College is located between Red Deer and Calgary in the friendly town of Olds, Alberta just off the QE2 Highway. You can find us on the north end of our campus in the same building as the Pomeroy Hotel.

Where to find OC Beer

Olds College beer can be found across Alberta. View all locations

Map of Brewery Location
Where can I find Olds College beer?

Olds College beer is sold across central Alberta at many locations between Calgary and Edmonton. The map below shows locations where you can find our beer.

Does Olds College Brewery offer any services?

Yes. In addition to the beers we produce and sell, we offer the following Products & Services:

ItemCostTypeDuration
Kegerator (incl COtank)$90Rental3 days
Jockey Box (incl COtank)  $90Rental3 days
Hand pump for keg$10Rental3 days
Custom labelsVaries  
Line CleaningVariesService