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Brewmonton – A YEG Brew History Primer

A timeline of the people and places, things and moments that created Edmonton’s brewing legacy.

Whether or not you’re one to personally enjoy the sudsy beverages, Edmonton has been shaped by a brewing and distilling industry that has ebbed and flowed since the late 1800s. It’s a boom and bust cycle that we’re all familiar with, with brewers fighting not only with a changing economy, but also Prohibition, commercialization and changing legislation. The story begins with craft brewers, who built unique brands that were enjoyed in pubs and homes across the Province. After all but disappearing for decades, craft brewing in Edmonton is back for another round. Here’s a history primer that outlines a sequence of events that lead local brewing to where it is today.

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  • Ron Francoeur

    Very interesting, but no mention of the O’Keefe Brewery that used to be off
    Saskatchewan Drive above Waterdale Hill ?

    • Meredith Mantooth

      Hello, thanks for your comment. We’ve referred to the O’Keefe Brewery as the Bohemian Maid Brewery (as that was the last time it was really a local brewery). It is also now operated as the City Artifact Centre and they were good enough to host us during our BrewCurious Tour as they are not open to the public. They shared a story about the spring opening up a sink hole from which you could see old beer bottles in it. We also got to see a number of artefacts they’ve got from Edmonton’s brewing history (mugs, openers, signs, playing cards).

    • YEGCityasMuseum

      Hello, thanks for your comment. We’ve referred to the O’Keefe Brewery as the Bohemian Maid Brewery (as that was the last time it was really a local brewery). It is also now operated as the City Artifact Centre and they were good enough to host us during our BrewCurious Tour as they are not open to the public. They shared a story about the spring opening up a sink hole from which you could see old beer bottles in it. We also got to see a number of artefacts they’ve got from Edmonton’s brewing history (mugs, openers, signs, playing cards).

  • Joanne McKinnon

    I also wondered about the O’Keefe building (you say it was Bohemian Maid but I don’t recall that). I remember a round structure on a hill but can’t find any photos on the internet.