When does it start?

 Our annual golden prairie dog hunt starts Friday May 21st, just in time for the long weekend! We once again cannot gather this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t grab our household for a fun citywide scavenger hunt to win FREE food for a year!
This year we will also be giving hunters the opportunity to win FREE food for LIFE!

We are bringing back the memories and fun of hunting prairie dogs with the family but without the rifles! Every year around June we commemorate the month of our official opening by hiding five golden prairie dogs around Calgary! Clues to each prairie dog’s whereabouts will be posted – starting at 5pm on Friday evenings – on our social media channels, so be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @prairiedogbeer so you don’t miss out on the fun. Search with your friends, family, or solo (for 2021 we are still in a pandemic so please follow all public health restrictions while searching); if you find a golden prairie dog you win a FREE meal per week for a year!

This year you also have the chance to win a FREE meal per week for LIFE! We will be randomly selecting one of our social media followers to win FREE food for LIFE (even if they do not find a golden prairie dog). To enter simply follow us on Instagram, post a photo of yourself out on the hunt (feed or stories), tag us and tag your best hunting partner. Once all five golden prairie dog’s are found, we will randomly select a winner from those posts to WIN! 

I found a prairie dog, what do I do?

  1. Do not shoot! No farmland will be compromised by this critter
  2. Take a photo with the little guy and post to social tagging us (@prairiedogbeer) then take it home and love and care for it
  3. Contact Prairie Dog Brewing at 403.407.2448 to claim your
  4. We will take down your name, phone number and email address
  5. Please send us a description of how you found the prairie dog, so we can share on our website, social media and in our brewpub

Ground Rules for the Hunt

Do not destroy any personal or business property while hunting. No prairie dog will be hidden in a location that requires an entrance fee or hunters to go inside, on or through a non-public space. No trespassing or other unlawful activity is required to find a prairie dog. No prairie dog will be found in their natural habitat; they will not be buried. No prairie dog will be sealed inside anything; during your hunt nothing will need to be damaged, broken, or dismantled for you to find the critter you seek. Please be respectful of any and all people, businesses, and/or property while you search. The folks at Prairie Dog thank you and wish you good luck!

Small print – smaller than the critter you have found or will find

The contest begins when the first clue is posted and ends when all prairie dogs are found. The first free meal will be available one month after the opening of Prairie Dog Brewing or after the first prairie dog of each campaign is found, whichever comes first, and is available at only the original Prairie Dog Brewing location as long as it is open and in operation.

Must be 18 years or older to claim the prize. IDs will be checked. Bring your ID. One prairie dog winner per person. No repeat winners – previous winners may enter social media contests, but are not eligible for the free food for a year again. If searching with a group, only one person may win the prize. If you find a prairie dog, phone 403.407.2448 or email social@prairiedogbrewing.ca to redeem. Your name, email and phone number will be required to claim the winning. Winners will receive one *pulled pork sandwich per week with one choice of side (excluding sides requiring an additional cost) or a single order meal of $20 or lesser value. Meal may be varied or other benefits substituted at the discretion of Prairie Dog Brewing if it is unable for any reason to offer the specified benefits, provided that the substituted benefits are reasonably equivalent in value to the original benefits. Cannot be redeemed for multiple food items to add up to the prize value, weekly or daily specials, or alcoholic beverages. A week is defined as any hours Prairie Dog Brewing is open for business Sunday through Saturday. Prairie Dog Brewing cannot be held accountable for acts of God, weather, and business interruptions during any week. Only one free meal may be claimed per week. Multiple meals cannot be saved for redemption at a later time; if a week is missed, the free meal for that week shall be forfeited. Only the person claiming the prairie dog can receive the free meal each week. No family members, friends, buddies, acquaintances or otherwise can redeem the prize for you. Winners consent to the use of their names and photos or likeness by Prairie Dog Brewing to promote the contest on Prairie Dog Brewing’s website, social media, in the brewpub and in print, and the contestant confirms that Prairie Dog Brewing and its associated businesses may correspond with the Applicant for any purposes by email or telephone. All employees of Prairie Dog Brewing are ineligible to win.

The contestant agrees to abide by the rules, policies and bylaws of Prairie Dog Brewing and understands that they are subject to change from time to time in the sole discretion of Prairie Dog Brewing. Prairie Dog Brewing may cancel a winner’s weekly prize if the winner fails to comply with Prairie Dog Brewing’s rules. Prairie Dog Brewing shall have no liability for any damages due to the termination or discontinuation of the weekly prize program. The contestant acknowledges that Prairie Dog Brewing shall not be liable to the contestant or anyone claiming through the contestant for loss, damages, personal injury (including death) or any other costs and/or expenses arising in any way out of this contest, and/or the use or consumption of any beer or other product produced by Prairie Dog Brewing or an associated business, and the contestant releases Prairie Dog Brewing, its directors, officers, shareholders, affiliates and any other associated business from and against any such liabilities. This contest shall be governed by the laws of the Province of Alberta and the federal laws of Canada applicable in that province. This agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties concerning the contest and contest benefits described herein.

Past Winners:

Prairie Dog Winner #7 

This golden prairie dog was hidden at J.Webb Wine Market at the Calgary Farmers’ Market. The Farmers’ Market supports many local producers and small businesses by giving them a retail space to sell their goods and thanks to some changes in legislation you may be able to find beer at the Farmers’ Market soon. J.Webb Wine Market is not just about wine! They also have a growler bar and they stock craft beer in their coolers; we truly appreciate businesses like these who support an industry we love so dearly!

Congratulations Ramona!

Prairie Dog #6

This one set a record!!! Within half an hour of the first clue this lil’guy was found among the prairie dogs in Olympic Plaza downtown Calgary. This was the location of the medal ceremonies during the 1988 olympics and has remained a popular hang out place for visitors and locals alike.

Congratulations to Joseph!

Prairie Dog #5 

This lil’guy was hidden in a trophy at the Vineyard. The Vineyard could be said to be somewhat of a foundation for the craft beer scene in Calgary! Neil Bamford has helped out many of the brewers who have opened craft breweries in the early days of their homebrewing, and true fact many of the commercial breweries in town still get some ingredients from Neil at the Vineyard. We are so honoured to have found our space across the street from them on Center st. and are looking forward to serving the many amazing homebrewers in town when they are on their way to or from picking up ingredients. The Vineyard is also the host of Calgary’s home brewing club the “Cowtown Yeast Wranglers“, if you are a homebrewer or are looking to get into homebrewing, we highly recommend joining this club! It is full of awesome people supporting each other and sharing in such a fun and rewarding hobby!

Congratulations Rob!

Hiding Spot:

Prairie Dog #4.5 

Prairie Dog 4.5 was hidden in a wine barrel at The Brewer’s Apprentice.  We were really excited to hear about The Brewer’s Apprentice opening in Calgary because with so many amazing breweries opening in this province, it is so awesome to have a place we can go to sample and get growler/crowler fills of a variety of 48 different craft beers. The people at The Brewer’s Apprentice are amazing human beings who make the Calgary craft beer scene even brighter (who knew that was even possible?)!

Congratulations Dan!

Hiding Location:

Prairie Dog #4 

Wow! One clue in and this prairie dog was found; many people hunted it, but only one was successful. This little guy was hidden on the egg structure at the Calgary Zoo. The egg structure was created by artist Brower Hatcher after an international call for submissions was taken in partnership with the City of Calgary Public Art Program. The Calgary Zoo’s conservation efforts are among the best in the world and specifically they are leading reasearch on Canada’s only remaining population of black-tailed prairie dogs (you can see why it would be near to our hearts!) to safe guard their future and the many species that rely on them.

Congratulations Scott!

Hiding Spot:

Prairie Dog #3 

The third prairie dog was hidden on the tractor trailer outside Common Crown Brewing. The guys up at Common Crown have been great friends to us. They were also among the breweries that passed down Village’s first boardroom table Now that we have our agency license we are contract brewing with them, which gives us the opportunity to debut our beer at Calgary International Beerfest 2018! This one was a harder one and required a team effort, but they found it. Congratulations to the one who gets to claim the prairie dog and receive your FREE meal a week for life!

Congratulations Adam!

Prairie Dog #2:

The second prairie dog was hidden at the Fish Creek public library. The Calgary public library system offers many resources for the people of Calgary. Everything from children’s play areas and quiet study rooms to workshops and special events all free! Libraries aren’t just for paperbacks anymore, we encourage you all to get a library card and to utilize this amazing resource.

Congratulations Lane!

Prairie Dog #1: 

This first prairie dog was hidden on the police monument on the River Walk trail between the Deane House and Fort Calgary. Unfortunately this prairie dog was lost in the hunt and has yet to be claimed.

Hiding Spot: