The most important thing to know about our beer lineup is that it is constantly changing and includes a wide variety of styles. We usually have about 8-10 of our own beers on tap, which you can learn more about below. We are also proud to host two-week rotating guest taps that feature beer from different Alberta-owned craft breweries – see our Alberta Beer Showcase page for more information (or look at our showcase calendar). We also have craft cider from locals like Lekker and Uncommon, meads from FallenTimber, and several other Alberta products such as liquors, non-alcoholic beer, wines, and more.
At the pub, beer is sold as 16-oz US pints and 5-oz flight glasses (yes, we do flights!). Prairie Dog beer is also available in 32-oz howlers and 64-oz growler jugs for off-site consumption, either in our new glass jugs or refills (we will refill third-party growlers).
When looking through the menus below, feel free to click on any of the beers to learn more about the process of making the beer, special ingredients, etc.
Prairie Dog Beer Regulars
We have the following Prairie Dog beer on tap nearly all the time (and available for wholesale keg sales). These beers are often our most popular sellers because they are well-balanced, flavourful and easy to drink, and feature loads of complex flavour from Alberta malts and other premium ingredients.
5.3% ABV, 23 IBU, 6 SRM
This American-style wheat beer pours golden and hazy with a white, foamy head, and features prominent citrus, stone fruit, and bread aroma. The beer has a light, refreshing body with moderate carbonation and a dry but soft bread-flavoured finish and mild grainy aftertaste. An easy drinker that won’t fatigue the palate.
6.6% ABV, 75 IBU, 9 SRM
Clear, amber and dry, this modern example of an American-style IPA bursts with tangerine, lemon and a resinous grapefruit character overlaid upon a tasty base of Alberta malts. Amarillo, Lemondrop and Mosaic hops are generously added late in the boil and throughout several massive dry-hop steps. In spite of the intense hop character, bitterness is balanced to allow the underlying malt flavour to shine through in this dry-finishing beer.
4.4% ABV, 23 IBU, 4.2 SRM
Flavourful but easy drinking, our Kölsch-style ale is clean and crisp with a slightly sweet grainy flavour and a dry finish. Based on the pilsner style, but fermented with ale yeast and lagered for several weeks, this beer has a pleasant, soft and surprisingly refreshing flavour profile that makes it stand tall beside its lager brethren.
5.5% ABV, 24 IBU, 14 SRM
Named after the boisterous Gunnison’s Prairie Dog of the four-corners region, our red ale takes cues from the class Irish Red style, employing a hint of roasted barley for colour and taste atop a base of sweeter caramel malts with a deliberate underlying bitterness that keeps the beer palatable and adds a pleasant aftertaste, but includes a late dose of Chinook hops for a spicier, American-style finish. Our house yeast keeps the beer dry with a malty backbone, making it easy to have another.
Currently Available Prairie Dog Barrel-Aged Beer
Barrel-aging is used to round out beer and other liquor products, often bringing in flavours of wood, vanilla, toast, smoke, and flavour from whatever products previously occupied the barrels (whiskeys, wines, etc). Thus, barrel-aged beers are usually more complex and refined than those that have not been aged.
Barrel-aging is extremely time-consuming, and every barrel has it’s own “personality” that comes out in the beer, so some Prairie Dog barrel-aged beer releases come from a single, 200-litre barrel. Therefore, these beers are only available in ultra-limited quantities and represent our premium lineup of products. At present, barrel-aged beer is only available for consumption at Prairie Dog Brewing’s Calgary brewpub location, on draught. We are planning to bottle some of these premium products for off-site consumption and longer-term cellaring in the future. Follow us on social media (@prairiedogbeer – links at top right corner of this site) to learn about barrel-aged beer releases and other happenings at the pub!
Midnight Combine is a Belgian-style strong, dark beer aged in oak red wine barrels and co-fermented with wild microorganisms to produce a blend of sweet vanilla and dark fruit flavours along with a mild acidity like red wine and a complex blend of spicy phenols that will evolve as the beer ages. This beer is ready to drink now, but intended for cellaring for up to 3 years.
Currently Available Prairie Dog Small-Batch/Seasonal Beers
This is our current list of small-batch and seasonal beers. We often brew these items in 1200-litre batches, which means that the beer runs out fast. If you want to try one of the beers listed here, please try to make it down as soon as possible to get a taste! Most small-batch beers are available for growler-fills until we hit our last two kegs of the beer.
Follow us on social media (@prairiedogbeer – links at top right corner of this site) to learn about releases of new seasonals, casks, and single-kegs of our workshop beer — pilot batches for new recipes.
5.0% ABV, 30 IBU, 2.5 SRM
At a lower-alcohol than our Strait Lace Saison, this straw-coloured table-strength saison features more noble hop spiciness along with plenty of the clove and fruit character that comes from our Belgian yeast. Bready malt flavours round out this refreshing, effervescent ale.
4.4% ABV, 21 IBU, 7 SRM
Our Little Bear Kölsch recipe infused with a custom blend of cold-brew coffee by Typeface Coffee Roasters, which brings milk chocolate, toffee and caramel notes to the beer – no harsh coffee bitterness at all. Tastes like a Coffee Crisp bar in a glass.
Here are a few of the beers that we currently have in process and expect to be putting on tap within the next month.
Past Prairie Dog Small-Batch/Seasonal Beers
Small-batch and seasonal beers come and go from our lineup, sometimes a small-batch is so popular that we brew it again and again, but at some point, it needs to take a back-burner for us to try out new recipes and keep the beer lineup fresh. Seasonal items may come back again around the same time each year, but we are too young to guarantee that any beer will show back up a second time.
Here’s a list of some of the past small-batch, seasonal beers we’ve had on tap at Prairie Dog:
5.4% ABV, 30 IBU, 8.5 SRM
When we put out our Smoked Peppa Pale Ale, many people were looking for something hotter and more smoky. Fire Whistle is our answer. We took a portion of our Smoke on the Lauter and aged it in Tennessee whiskey barrels along with a generous dose of habanero peppers to add flavour and heat. The whisky barrels add a pleasant vanilla and toasted caramel undertone that helps balance the heat and reinforces the smoky, spicy flavours of the base beer.
3.3% ABV, 7 IBU, 3 SRM
Our Kettle Sour Gone Wild starts out as our regular kettle sour, made in the style of a German Berlinerweisse, but we transfer a portion of that beer to French oak barrels, where we inoculate it with brettanomyces yeast, a form of “wild” yeast that adds complex, spicy phenols and fruity flavours to this highly spirited and white-wine-like beer, which still clocks in at under 3.5% ABV.
3% ABV, 7 IBU, 3 SRM
A modern take on German Berliner-weisse with a tart acidity and surprising level of flavour and body for such a low alcohol beer, with plenty of malty, husky grain flavour and a pale yellow colour with some haze.
5.5% ABV, 31 IBU, 16 SRM
This signature brown ale is a Prairie Dog seasonal and crowd favourite, which features a load of Alberta barley malt overlaid with a huge dose of shredded coconut that we toast in house prior to infusing into the beer.
5.3% ABV, <10 IBU, 3.5 SRM
Our Strait-Lace Saison is extremely refreshing, effervescent and straw-coloured with moderate haze. Fermented with Belgian yeast, this ale features complex pepper and spice character, which we overlay on a bready Canadian barley/wheat malt base that finishes with subtle notes of biscuit and cracker, which are contributed by specialty malts from Red Shed Malting (Penhold, AB).
5.6% ABV, 4.5 SRM, 17 IBU
We designed our award-winning Philpott’s Honey Chamomile Wheat beer from the ground up and used a generous addition of chamomile flowers and fresh Alberta Philpott honey to give the beer a unique and tasty flavour profile that makes it an ultimate summer season crusher!
8.5% ABV, 9 SRM, 75+ IBU
We really did go all out for this mango and hop-infused double IPA! Gopher Broke is a higher-alcohol hop and fruit bomb with real mango and an assertive bitterness with grassy undertones from massive hop additions, all backed by the flavour of Alberta malt.
5.2% ABV, 30 IBU, 6.4 SRM
Our Smoke on the Lauter is a medium-bodied oat pale ale with restrained American hops and smokey aromas and flavour over a pleasant base beer with a soft, pleasant mouthfeel. The smoke in this beer dominates but is not harsh or acrid, and features a toasty, woody character reminiscent of campfire, which interplays wonderfully with the malts and nutty oat flavours.
5.5% ABV, 35 IBU, 28 SRM
Dark chocolate meets tart red wine and wood character in this barrel-aged, sour stout. Sweetness backs up the bold, fruity character, with undertones of vanilla and toffee. Soured with wild bacteria while aging three months in a 3rd-use bourbon barrel. No wine or wine-barrel-aging was involved, the wine character is entirely the result of the beer, wood, and microbiology involved.
5.4% ABV, 38 IBU, 11 SRM
Our version of this classic west-coast amber ale/lager hybrid has a foamy head with an assertive, old-school West-coast bittering/flavour hop to balance out the toasty, malty base and roasty undertones.
5.1% ABV, 15 IBU, 3.8 SRM
Our lime gose bursts with the flavours of whole-fruit limes over top a delicious, slightly hazy base of bread, cereal and biscuit flavours. Highly carbonated and relatively acidic, this beer is a warm-weather crusher that goes spectacularly with a shot of tequila!