Event FAQ

1. What is the Calgary International Beer Festival all about?

The Calgary International Beer Festival is a celebration of beer. Increase your beer knowledge, and find a new favourite by sampling some of the more than 700 different types of beer on site. Take part in beer seminars, and vote for the People’s Choice awards. You can meet new people, sample delicious foods, enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment, and have a great time! Upon entry, each guest will receive an official Calgary International Beer Festival sample mug to use throughout the event and take home with them afterwards!


2. Where is the event held?

The Calgary International Beer Festival is held in halls C, D, and E of the BMO Centre on Stampede Park. Located in central Calgary, just off MacLeod Trail and Olympic Way; It’s easy to get to, has ample parking, is close to a C-Train station, and near the Saddledome, 17thAve. and Downtown Calgary.



3. When is Calgary International Beer Festival and what are the hours of operation?

The Calgary International Beer Festival 2014 goes:

Friday, May 2nd

  • BEER GEEK VIP is from 3pm to 4pm
  • OPEN TO BEER GEEKS & General Public from 4pm to 10pm

Saturday, May 3rd

  • BEER GEEK VIP is from 1pm to 2pm
  • OPEN TO BEER GEEKS & General Public from 2pm to 9pm


4. What can someone expect to find when they get there?

Patrons will enjoy the amazing beers, succulent food, incredible interactive entertainment, great live music, and a lot more! Play games, learn about beers, meet people… there’s never a dull moment.


5. What exactly do you get with the VIP Beer Geek ticket?

VIP Beer Geeks get several perks. They have their own, separate entrance, early access to the event and their own private beer seminar! On top of that, many breweries will be bringing special cask beers to the event and Beer Geeks get first crack at these beers! A Beer Geek will also get discounts on merchandise.


6. How do the sample tokens work at the event?

All beer and food can be sampled by first purchasing sample tokens. Sample tokens are $1 and sold in blocks of ten. Each sample is a minimum of 2 tokens but food and more expensive beers can be more. A sample of beer is legally 4oz, which is 1/3 of a bottle of beer.


7.  Is there a charity involved?

Once again, the Calgary International Beer Festival is proud to be supporting AAFS – the Autism, Aspergers Friendship Society. A portion of advance ticket purchases will go to support this worthy cause. The AAFS provides respite care in a recreational environment for families with children-teens-adults on the Autism/Aspergers/PDD spectrum in the Calgary area. We recognize that everyone has very unique social abilities and we do our best to expand on those skills. The outings are in a group atmosphere with AAFS leaders promoting socialization among the participants. Our activities are planned with the help of both the children and their families.


9. Can I volunteer to work at the festival?

It may sound clichéd – but we really couldn’t do it without the volunteers. Most of our volunteers come to us through our charity of choice – but we would love for you to approach us to see if there is anything that you can do. You can contact us at info@albertabeerfestivals.com.


10. Can people get dressed up for The Calgary International Beer Festival?

CIBF is an event for anyone who likes learning about beer, meeting new people, and having a great time. We encourage people to dress nicely but not too nicely. Last year there was a wide range of styles for the event. Anything from tuxes, togas, and kilts, to casual night-on-the-town attire. Dress comfortably but dress appropriately.


11. What if someone isn’t that into beer? Is there something for them at the event?

Although the event has a very heavy focus on beer, we understand that not everyone appreciates this incredible beverage the way we do. In light of that, we will have ciders, and a conservative selection of other beverages such as coolers for patrons to enjoy – plus a wide range of interactive entertainment, live music, and delicious food from first-class restaurants and pubs throughout Calgary.


12. What types of beer education occurs at the Calgary International Beer Festival?

Our goal at the Calgary International Beer Festival is to increase your “Beer-Q” and help you find a new favourite beer. Brew Master seminars, hosted by brewmasters and brewery representatives, are held regularly each evening. We also provide beer judging guides, beer lists, and food pairing information for all of our guests. Join us for Cooking with Beer Seminars where some of Calgary’s top chefs will show you how to cook with beer and pair with food properly.

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