I’ve been lucky enough to travel east from my homebase of Calgary to Medicine Hat, Alberta a couple of times in the last year. The sunny city has a lot to offer — lots of coffee, an incredible historic pottery factory, and now, thanks to our province’s recently changed brewing laws, a couple of killer craft breweries.
After road tripping through Oregon, California, Utah, and Idaho in the last year or so, checking out craft breweries has become a hobby for my family (bonus points if there’s root beer on tap for the kids!), so we were pretty excited to do a self-guided tour of the Hat’s two breweries, the Medicine Hat Brewing Company (henceforth known as MH Brew Co) and the cheekily named Hell’s Basement. The folks at Medicine Hat Tourism offer a more organized craft beer tour — you can read all about that in a story I wrote over at ZenSeekers.
Our first stop was MD Brew Co, which is housed in a historic warehouse building that first opened as a brewery by the same name in 1912 (it only lasted a few years… thanks prohibition!). The tasting room is a beautiful looking space with a long list of brews on tap — we loved the seasonal hefeweizen as well as the brewery’s most popular pour, a blood orange ale with just a hint of fruitiness. Thumbs up all around.
Next we hopped (no pun intended) over to Hell’s Basement, which also has a clean and friendly tasting room. This one has games to play (much appreciated by our small) and a good selection of beer with a slight emphasis on IPAs (hence the brewery’s hop logo). They also have a popular fruit beer, the Fruit Bat Blueberry (seasonal only), and, as expected, the three IPAs we tried were all tasty.
And speaking of Hell’s Basement, the brewery’s name, which is a reference to a quip writer Rudyard Kipling once made about Medicine Hat, forced a certain earworm into my head for the duration of the weekend. Here’s a little Big Sugar to get you hankering for a Medicine Hat beer:
Read more about my Medicine Hat beer adventures on ZenSeekers.
This story is in support of a story I wrote for ZenSeekers, which I was paid to write.