Calgary Stampede 101 is just about to enter its final weekend, and I’ve got some must visit locales to cool you off and satisfy your country music AND beer cravings. If you think Jack Daniels is the only libation to serve the cowboy in you, think again, because there are enough beer venues here to jam pack the remainder of your stampede weekend.
If you’ve not been out to the new Vagabond Brewery in Calgary, well now’s the time! This new craft brew establishment is conveniently located across from the Stampede grounds and the Stampede LRT station. If you’ve drained your wallet watching one too many rodeos and chuck wagon races, then Vagabond is the perfect place to head this weekend. Take a seat on the Vagabond patio and enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of your cool pint of beer. Two of their brews to try are Vagabond Chuck and Conscription Red. This is the closest brew pub to the grounds, so whether you’re looking for a quick bite and a beer before or after your day on the grounds, or looking to just sit on a patio, go check out this place!
Bottlescrew Bill’s/Buzzards Restaurant
The beer is not the only thing not to miss at Bottlescrew Bill’s/Buzzards this weekend, but they’ve got one of the best nearly non-stop live music lineups with some bands to satisfy even the non-country music fans. Come check out Bow River, Tim Hus, Shots Fired, Frankie McQueen, Strange Arrangement and The Second String Cowboys out on their huge patio. This certainly ain’t their first rodeo with about 30 stampedes under their belt, and though a condensed beer list for the 10 days of stampede, there are many to quench your thirst. Get your hands on a cold Alley Kat Aprikat, a Village Wit, Wild Rose Wraspberry and lots more local and international brews. For the real cowboy in you, pair a beer with some prairie oysters as part of the 20th Annual Testicle Festival.
Craft Beer Market
This place is no stranger to copious amounts of beer from all over the world, and for Stampede they aren’t just serving up their usual 100 beer on tap, but they have an entire line up of things happening up until the very last day of the festivities. In celebration of Stampede, Craft Beer Market has a beer garden with all the live music and beer you can handle! Village Brewery brewed a very special beer for the occasion, and is only available at Craft. The beer is made for the summer heat and is Prairie Berry Wheat Ale. Better yet, every $1 from the purchase of a boot of this goes to support the Kid’s Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. Check out their beer garden with live music from the Rustic Brothers for the final Friday of Stampede from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The last Saturday of Stampede at Craft is their community breakfast from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. out on their patio. Breakfast is first come first served so hurry out to cure the self-induced headache from the evening before.
This is a Stampede only live country music tent, so there’s just a couple of nights left to enjoy it! There’s two things that Nashville North promises and that’s great live music and a good time! The beer selection on the other hand is certainly not at all as exciting and plentiful as the first two but is a MUST during Stampede. The beer is refreshing that’s available; from Bud Light Lime to Budweiser and Bud Light, so may be considered a necessity to hydrate on the scorching hot afternoons left of the celebrations!
-Cheers to the final days of Stampede!