our mission - to build connection and community within the growing craft beer/spirits scene in YYC - one tour at a time! GET PERSONAL WITH the craft BEER YOU haven’t discovered yet, or get closer to your favourite craft beer by learning what brought that grain to the glass in your hand.
CHECK OUT our tour packages below, and join us in a venture to the fantastic craft breweries, distilleries, cider houses, and meaderies in calgary and surrounding area.
With so much going on in Calgary and surrounding area when it comes to craft beer, you’re bound to have questions. We’ve got an FAQ all lined up (click the button below), but if that doesn’t answer your query - shoot a message via the form below so we can connect with you!
Heya folks, thanks for coming by!
I’m Andrew Wales, owner/operator, and along with my girl april, we are Calgary Craft Connection. As a working class, monday-to-friday INDUSTRIAL mechanic, I understand the need to unwind as much as you do. CALGARY CRAFT CONNECTION WAS BORN WHILE GETTIN’ TIPSY ON AN OKANAGAN WINE TOUR, AND REALIZING HOW FEW OPTIONS WE HAVE HERE IN CALGARY TO EXPLORE THE GROWING CRAFT BEER SCENE WITHOUT BEING STUCK AS THE DD!
We all deserve the pleasure of being CHAUFFEURED around and fed TASTY CRAFT beer! ENTER CALGARY CRAFT CONNECTION - OUR ANSWER TO YOUR NEED TO RELAX, SIT BACK, AND ENJOY SOME FINELY CRAFTED LOCAL BEERS AND SPIRITS. AND BONUS - YOU’LL MEET SOME AWESOME PEOPLE, MAKE NEW FRIENDS, AND GROW YOUR OWN COMMUNITY!
CALGARY AND ALBERTA ARE OUR HOME BY CHOICE, AND WE HAD TO JUMP AT THE CHANCE TO BUILD A BUSINESS WITH THE GOAL OF BUILDING CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY WITHIN THE GROWING CRAFT BEER SCENE IN CALGARY AND SURROUNDING AREA. TAKE A LOOK AROUND, HOP ON A TOUR, AND JOIN US IN EXPLORING THE GREAT THINGS BREWING IN YYC!
Calgary Craft Connection
A few key points we think it’s important you know - these will be reviewed either via the Terms and Conditions form when you are booking a tour, on our waiver, or verbally prior to the tour departure. See the FAQ below for more information, and if you have a specific question, please connect with us via email (email@example.com), our contact form above (click here), or via phone at 587-434-8489. We’re happy to chat and provide any information you might need!
We are an inclusive, welcoming business.
Verbal abuse, intolerance, or disrespectful behaviour will not be tolerated. Our favourite thing about the craft beer scene is the ability for people from all walks of life to come together over a great beer, and that is the driving force behind Calgary Craft Connection. If you are exhibiting any behaviour deemed to be abusive, intolerant, or disrespectful, you will be ejected from the tour without a refund. In short, don’t be an asshole.
This is NOT a pub crawl.
Our goal is not to simply get you hammered. Our goal is to create connection within the craft beer community in Calgary; providing a safe way to taste some craft brews, sip some craft spirits, and partake in some tasty craft ciders. Everyone is bound to get a little tipsy, maybe even plain old drunk, but if you are deemed to be too intoxicated, per AGLC rules our tour partners have the right to refuse service and our guide will support this decision. Our guide has ProTect and ProServe training and is well-versed in the art of managing uncooperative and intoxicated people.
Our tours are meant to be a safe alternative for Calgarians and tourists alike to enjoy Calgary’s craft beer, spirits, and cider scene. Yes, we just said this…but to be clear…
We do not condone drinking and driving. Our craft brewery tours are set up to ensure tour goers are safe after a day of tasting and sipping on Calgary’s fantastic craft brewery, distillery, and cider house offerings. Our start/stop location is directly beside the Sunalta LRT station, and there are ample opportunities to catch a train closer to home, hail a cab, or score an Uber. If you require a specific pick-up or drop-off location, please connect with us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the contact form on our site (click here) so we can work together to make arrangements to maintain your safety after imbibing. Depending on location, custom pick-ups/drop-offs may incur an additional fee.
You will be required to sign a waiver prior to tour departure.
Listen, we have to protect ourselves too. We want to ensure you are as safe as possible on your tour, but we will not be held responsible for poor life choices after you leave our tours. You will have a chance to review our terms and conditions, as well as electronically sign our waiver, before you fork over your hard-earned cash. If you don’t like what the waiver says, or have questions about any sections within the waiver, feel free to connect with us so we can clear things up! If you don’t want to sign the waiver, well, dammit - no craft brewery tour for you!
Can I bring minors/children on a tour?
Some craft breweries/distilleries/cider houses will allow minors until a specific time, however this is brewery dependent. If you are looking at a particular date and want to know if your child can accompany you on your craft brewery tour, please connect with us via email (email@example.com) or through the contact form on our site (click here), and we will do our best to accommodate your request. With limited seating on our shuttle, we do require a small fee for a minor/child to accompany you.
Is food at any of the brewery stops included in the tour price?
At this time, food is not included in the tour price - we will be working in the future to include food options depending on the participating tour locations. Please note that many of the craft breweries, distilleries, and cider houses offer food, and there’s plenty of time at each stop to grab a bite! We also have snacks and water available on the tour shuttle for your consumption to try and keep you from getting hangry.
Are your shuttles licensed to drink alcohol between tour stops?
We do not have a license for alcohol to be consumed on our shuttles at this time. Are we looking into it? No. Why? Well, for starters, you’re getting nearly a pint an hour on the tour, and we’re pretty sure you’ll be damn happy by the time we reach our end destination at Alberta Beer Exchange. We are not a booze cruise - Calgary Craft Connection tours are meant to be a safe and fun way to experience Calgary’s craft bevy scene. We said it before, and we’ll say it again - no one needs a drunk idiot spoiling the fun.
Are my tasting costs included in the tour price?
In a perfect world where AGLC didn’t have some odd laws that feel awfully arbitrary, yes. We don’t live in that perfect world yet (we’re working on it!), and so at this time the cost of your flight/tastings are not included in the tour price. We do, however, have exclusive discounts worked out with all of our craft brewery tour partners, and will pass those savings directly onto you. If you think this is as silly as we do, please reach out to AGLC and let them know - we are in the process of working through the fine print and advocating for our business as we believe providing craft brewery tours within Calgary and the province is a key way to support the growing craft beer scene our city and province have to offer!
What is your cancellation policy?
Tour cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour date/time, with full refund or credit toward rescheduling your tour. Cancellations requested within 48 hours of the scheduled tour date/time will be allowed, with a 50% refund. To cancel your tour, please call us at 587-434-8489.
What if we want to book a tour but are worried about meeting the minimum people required?
If we are approaching your tour date and do not meet the minimum number of people required for the tour, we will reach out to let you know and explore options with our shuttle provider. It’s our aim to never cancel a tour, but let’s face it, we are trying to start a business here ;) If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming tour you can always email us (firstname.lastname@example.org), call us at 587-434-8489, or fire us a message via the contact form above on our website (click here).
How do your custom tours work?
You book, they brew, you taste, and we tour! Hahaha…but for reals. We have endless options for craft brewery, distillery, and cider house tour routes both within Calgary and the surrounding area. If you have a specific route or set of craft breweries in mind, let us know and we’ll do all the coordinating work to set things up. We can also curate a one-of-a-kind craft brewery/distillery experience for you. Custom pick-ups and drop-offs are available upon request, though may be subject to an additional fee depending on the location. Craft brewery/distillery/cider house tours are an awesome way to celebrate a birthday, kick off a bachelor/bachelorette, build your team, or host a no-fuss Christmas party! We can take you beyond the Barley Belt, through the Central Beer District, and past the city limits to all the good things brewing in the Calgary craft beer scene!