Big Rock Brewery 35th Anniversary

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Big Rock's Classics Box. Source: Big Rock Brewery

In 1985, Ed McNally took a risk and among a sea of yellow lagers brought forward the first wave of craft beer in Canada. To celebrate 35 years of bringing award-winning beer to Alberta, and now Canada, Big Rock Brewery has released a Classics pack as an 'Ode to Ed'. Ed McNally was a farmer, lawyer, and avid outdoorsman.

This pack includes the four beers that we believe to best embody Ed and the vision he had for Big Rock: A true original in the Traditional Ale, brewed to get people's attention and celebrate the personality barley can lend to beer. McNally's Extra, an Irish Red noted as one of the best in the New World Guide to Beer. One to pair with something Ed loved – fishing, the Royal Coachman was created to prove that light beer can still have great flavour. The Canvasback Ale, an ale to bring awareness to habitat loss resulting in a decline in the King of Ducks.

Ed started a legacy that has grown into Canada's largest independent craft brewery, so join us in raising one to him.

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"Big Rock Brewery 35th Anniversary" Badge

HOW TO EARN THIS BADGE: Check-in all 4 beers in the Big Rock Classics pack (see below for beer list) starting October 16, 2020 - November 17, 2020.


Canvasback Ale label

Canvasback Ale

Big Rock Brewery

Golden Ale

Total (?) 262

Unique (?) 242

5% ABV

22 IBU


160 Ratings

Traditional Ale label

Traditional Ale

Big Rock Brewery

Brown Ale - English

Total (?) 26,058

Unique (?) 15,199

5% ABV

20 IBU


13,735 Ratings

Royal Coachman label

Royal Coachman

Big Rock Brewery

Blonde Ale

Total (?) 237

Unique (?) 221

3.9% ABV

12 IBU


147 Ratings

McNally's Extra label

McNally's Extra

Big Rock Brewery

Red Ale - Irish

Total (?) 1,394

Unique (?) 1,078

7% ABV



905 Ratings

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