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Our history

Inspired by an erratic, unique as an anomaly

THE HISTORY

A commitment to excellence

1985 was a simpler time. Beer was either "lager A" or "lager B". But noted beer fan Ed McNally was thirsty for a real choice. And rather than complicate matters by tracking down established import brews, Ed took the "easy" way out and started his own brewery. We’re driven by a passion to bring better beer to Canadians every day, everywhere. We’re handcrafted in a high-volume world, and we’re proud of it. We believe today, as our founder Ed McNally believed in 1985, that to raise one glass is to raise an entire industry. 

THE NAME

Why big rock?

In the middle of the vast Canadian Prairies rests a 16,000-ton boulder. It’s the kind of thing that stands out, inspiring in its seeming impossibility. Taking our name from this longstanding curiosity, Big Rock Brewery was born.

THE BEGINNING

The original three brews

Three bold, European-inspired offerings—Bitter, Porter and Traditional—launched an industry in 1985, a time heavy on easy-drinking lagers and light on flavour. Today, our ten signature beers, eight seasonals, four ciders, and custom-crafted private labels are brewed daily in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, bringing quality and consistency to craft beer drinkers across the country.

OUR BREWERIES

Across canada

With microbrewery artisanship and big-brewery consistency, we passionately craft ten signature beers, eight seasonals, four ciders, and countless private label products for beer lovers nationwide in our 3 Breweries. We’ve always been at the forefront of the craft beer revolution, finding innovative ways to carry forward established brewing traditions. So here’s to being handcrafted in a high-volume world. To trying something different. Here’s to better beer for Canadians every day, everywhere.

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