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Getting Crafty: Edmonton Breweries, Part One

Is there anything better than a cold, frosty beer?  Whether it’s with friends for happy hour or to quench your thirst on a hot summer day, beer is not just a drink, but a part of being Canadian.  Over the past decade, brewery culture has been steadily growing, bringing with it many inventive brews and unique places to enjoy them.

Edmonton’s brewery scene is vast, so we’ve chosen a handful of breweries to feature, but be sure to share your favourites in the comments.  We might even use your suggestions in part two of this series in the coming months.

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Polar Park Brewing Co.

Located in a red brick building on a side street just south of Old Strathcona, the Polar Park Brewing Company is not just a place for beer, but also a chic event space, restaurant, and live music venue.  The real star though, is the beer.

Known for creatively named brews often with hints of different flavours, you’ll find something to love from their line up.  Maybe Pink Panther, a witbier with hints of raspberries, dried limes and coriander.  Or One Tame Cheetah, a hefeweizen reminiscent of banana bread, cloves, and vanilla.  

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Campio Brewing Co.

Part of the Bearhill Brewing family of brands, Campio has been part of Edmonton’s beer community since 2018.  Choose their flagship brew, Campio Premium Lager, for a classic beer drinking experience or go for Albertosourus to enjoy the tartness of berry flavours.

The downtown location very near to Rogers Place and the Ice District, make this a fabulous spot for drinks before a concert or hockey game.  You can also sate your appetite with a menu of bar and casual classics like chicken wings and deep-dish pizza.

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Arcadia Brewing Co.

Located in Edmonton’s charming Manchester Square shopping plaza on the outskirts of downtown, Arcadia Brewing Co. is equal parts beer and charming university pub-night – think plywood tabletops and old-school coliseum seats.  

With six beers on their roster, all branded with kitschy cartoons, there are a few different options to try out as well as a limited menu of snacks and cocktails.  So basically, everything you need to make it your favourite hangout.

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Situation Brewing

At the crux of Old Strathcona (on the corner of 82nd Avenue and Gateway Boulevard) sits Situation Brewing.  If you’re in the mood for a beer, they have a line up of seven Situation brews plus a cask of the day, and few guest brews that make up the beer menu.  Pair up your cold one with a tasty snack or meal since Situation has also become a popular spot for dining.   With their eclectic mix of items ranging from traditional (steak and veg) to fusion (potato and parsnip spring rolls) and a new brunch menu coming soon, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place to meet up with friends for a chill afternoon.

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Alley Kat Brewing Company

A cornerstone of the craft brewery community in Edmonton, Alley Kat was the first to emerge on the scene way back in 1994 and today, they have ten main beers plus special editions.  With their beer sold in liquor stores throughout the province, you can have Alley Kat in the comfort of home or visit their Edmonton Tap Room to try out a few.

Love a wheat ale with fruity flavours, Aprikat Ale is for you.  Perhaps a rich IPA?  Idaho Gem Dragon Double IPA with flavours of tropical fruits and citrus is one to sample.  With so many options, chances are at least one will become a favourite. 

Which Edmonton brewery do you recommend?  Tell us in the comments and we’ll share it in a future blog.  


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Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

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In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

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  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
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Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

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  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
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Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Prepaid Mastercard’s can be used for online purchases only. In Canada, prepaid Mastercard’s cannot be used at any retail outlet (including your hotel) with point-of-sale systems.

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 


Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

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Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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