COVID-19 Updates: FULL DETAILS

Olds College Brewery

Update on actions we are taking in regard to COVID-19

We are staying up to date on all information available from Health authorities in an effort to operate in the safest manner possible. The retail store will remain open with normal hours until further notice. However, to be safe to our customers and our staff, we are implementing a few precautionary measures:

  1. We will, effective immediately, suspend the refilling of used growlers until further notice. We will be able to fill new growlers and to help we will be offering a 25% off on new growlers.

  2. We will be taking extra precautions with cleaning and sanitizing surfaces multiple times a day.

  3. We will encourage staff to increase the frequency of handwashing and will provide a hand sanitizer station for customers.

  4. We will keep a social distance between staffs and customers.

  5. We will temporarily halt using cash as a method of payment. We will be accepting debit and credit.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates to our patrons. Be safe out there!

  

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! 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.

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.

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

Old 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

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

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!

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

  • Cill Dara (Premium) Oak-aged Abbey Dubbel 8.2% 650 mL bottle

  

NEW* 2020 #BeTheBrewer Beer: The Walking Red

Walking Red #BeTheBrewerDescription: This year's Brightside #BeTheBrewer Contest beer is an Irish Red Ale, boasting a deep copper colour. It pours a fluffy tan head, settling to a thin layer of foam. As a medium-bodied beer, The Walking Red demonstrates both aromas and flavours that are incredibly well balanced, presenting elements of toffee, caramel, nuttiness and fruit. Slight notes of roasted grain, dry brown sugar and a mild hop profile lend to a refreshingly dry finish. So whether you're preparing for the apocalypse or just relaxing on the deck at home, The Walking Red is the perfect thirst-quencher in 2020! Our sincerest thanks goes out to our amazing #BeTheBrewer partners: Brightside, Alberta Barley, Sobeys Liquor and Alberta Beer Festivals. As well as our congratulations to this year's winners!

Style: Irish Red Ale
ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 25

Read Alberta Beer Festival Article

All sales from the beer go to support the future brew masters and distillers in the Olds College Brew Master Program. The program depends on sales from the beer to keep things going every year, so we ask you to support the industry by purchasing ‘The Walking Red’ Red Irish Ale from one of these locations:

Availability: in cans at our retail and at participant Sobeys Locations:

Calgary

  • Sobeys Liquor Royal Oak
  • Sobeys Liquor Cranston

Edmonton

  • Sobeys Liquor Kingsway
  • Sobeys Liquor Newcastle

Red Deer

  • Sobeys Liquor Gaetz South

Seasonal Beers

Pockets Of Plenty 
(2020 International Woman's Brew)

Currently available in cans and for growler filling.

Ingredients: Water, Barley, Malt, Hops, Orange Peel, Beets, Yeast

ABV: 6.8%

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

Style: Lager | ABV: 5.8% | IBU: 29

Pile Driver Double IPA

Every sip of our Pile Driver Double IPA hits the tongue with a heavy dose of hops and drives the flavour deep into your taste buds. Liberal use of hops late in the boil and dry-hopping creates flavours of syrupy mango and papaya with hints of passion fruit. Light sweetness and creamy mouthfeel conceal the power within.

ABV: 9.0% | IBU: 85 | SRM: 10

The Porter Formally Known As
(Black Widow)

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%

Explore the Olds College Brewery

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