Medicine Hat has developed our taste for liquid refreshment.
It all began with our love of coffee but soon we had the formation of three award-winning micro-breweries, a modern distillery with their uniquely crafted flavours and most recently a shop that produces fresh-brewed Kombucha on tap!
This brewery’s name was inspired by the stories of Rudyard Kipling’s 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. It’s 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.
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 city’s 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.
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 in their public tasting room. The lineup will change continuously depending on what they decide to brew. With limited brews you should plan accordingly because when it’s gone, it’s gone. So come often and try them all while they last!
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.