The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge, and the Alberta Small Brewers Association (ASBA) is committed to helping Alberta brewers during this difficult time. 

The latest

On March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy, including helping businesses keep workers on payroll, flexibility for businesses filing taxes, and ensuring businesses have access to credit. For a complete list of resources, click here.

Our role in the crisis and recovery 

We are working with all levels of government: 

Our Executive Director is a member of the City of Calgary's newly formed Business Sector Support committee to help respond to the needs of small businesses during the crisis. 

  • The association is gathering feedback from brewers and making recommendations to the government to help Alberta's craft sector emerge from the economic downturn. We remain in consistent dialogue with provincial authorities. 
  • As part of the Canadian Craft Brewers Association, ASBA is working with our provincial counterparts to advocate for additional support for small brewers.  

Stay updated 

On Thursday, March 19th, at 1:15 pm, we will be hosting a conference call to provide an update on recent adjustments to employment insurance and temporary layoffs as well as solicit feedback to support our brewers during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery. All Alberta brewers and industry partners are welcome. 

To register for the call, click here

Resources for Alberta Brewers

Alberta brewers are also encouraged to review the following resources: 

General Information

Taprooms/Offsales

From Alberta Health Services: 

From Restaurants Canada / Diversey: 

From the World Health Organization:

From EPA (via Brewers Association):

Production 

From Restaurants Canada / Diversey:

From Brewers Association:

Product Delivery 

From Raft Beer Labs

ACBC 2020 & the Alberta Beer Awards Show

As announced last week, the 2020 Alberta Craft Brewing Convention has been postponed because of COVID-19. We have also made changes to the Alberta Beer Awards Show and will stream the unveiling of the winners on April 7th. Our team is currently finalizing the details and will share them shortly.