Breweries & Distillery: An Adventure to the Birthplaces of Medicine Hat’s Most Exceptional Beverages

Posted on : Tuesday, April 02, 2019

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Drink your way through local craft brew options at Medicine Hat’s breweries and distillery; an adventure to the birthplaces of Medicine Hat’s most exceptional beverages. Each location with its own checkered history, flavour and personality hallmarked by quality and passion. Sit back, sip, relax and enjoy with people who enjoy a satisfying brew as much as you.


HELLS BASEMENT BREWERY

This brewery’s name was inspired by the stories of Rudyard Kiplings travels across Canada and his famous quote “This part of the country seems to have all hell for a basement, and the only trap door appears to be in Medicine Hat. And you don’t even think of changing the name of your town. Its all your own and the only hat of its kind on earth.” Rudyard Kipling 1907

Six courageous beer lovers from Medicine Hat along with their families, friends, and countless members of the community worked tirelessly for six months to bring quality, craft beer to Medicine Hat.

2019 Alberta Beer Awards Gold Winner

Stout: Ghost Train

2019 Alberta Beer Awards Silver Winner

Wheat Beer: He Ain’t Hefe Hes’ My Brother

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MEDICINE HAT BREW CO 

You’ll have an early 1900’s experience when you are in this brewery where strangers become friends and the little things are celebrated.

In 1912, the Medicine Hat Brewing Company began serving old fashioned lager, ale and stout to our citys early, thirsty residents. When the Temperance Movement picked up, this popular brewery was forced to close. Over a century later, the Medicine Hat Brewing Company name was dusted off and again serves thirsty, hard-working Hatters Timeless Craft Beer. 

2019 Alberta Beer Awards Silver Winner

Extra Strong Beer: Russian Imperial Stout

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TRAVOIS ALE WORKS 

This micro-brewery began as a collective of like-minded people who spend most of their time outdoors with beers. Revolutionary American and traditional European ales, brewed in small batches right here in downtown Medicine Hat and available only in our public tasting room. The lineup will change continuously depending on what Jacques decides to brew. It’s what we’re about. We only brew 7 barrels per batch. With only 107 pints from a full barrel you should plan accordingly because when it’s gone, it’s gone. So come often and try them all while they last! 

2019 Alberta Beer Awards Bronze Winner 

German/Czech Style Pilsner: German Pils 

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WICKED ROSE KOMBUCHA

This brewery is crafting the perfect substitute for sugary, artificially carbonated beverages such as soda or juice; welcome to the wonderful world of Kombucha! Wicked Rose Kombucha is 100% owner operated on the premise that true care and quality come from hands on experience and oversight. They want to do more than just capitalize on the growing popularity of their favourite fermented beverage, they want to help educate and energize the community in a way that is empowering and sustainable.

Kombucha is a bubbly, tangy, slightly sweet, slightly sour beverage full of live cultures and nutrients that has become widely known for its health benefits and unique flavour profile. Kombucha is naturally raw, naturally carbonated, vegan and gluten free. It can boost the immune system, soothe digestion, aid in weight control, balance the Ph of the body!  

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GRIT CITY DISTILLERY

The story is similar to those in the burgeoning craft brewing industry, which bills itself a rebellious answer to mass produced brew. Small batch craft distillery producing a variety of vodka, gin, rums and whiskeys; using traditional botanicals and locally sourced ingredients. 


Grit City is like Gas City, but with a bit more oomph. Oomph - physically described as a gut-check, fist pump. Grit City Distillery is a creation of hard work, passion, and grit. They are a local Husband/Wife team, with "the customer is always right " attitudes.