Named after a nearby glacial erratic chunk of rock outside the town of Okotoks, Big Rock has always prided itself on being a local creation. From the beginning, local ingredients and home grown talent have been a focus. At a time in life when most people think about retirement, Ed McNally began his own brewery in 1984 at the tender age of 60. He set out to “make the beers that I want to drink, not what will be popular”. By 1995, demand for Ed’s ales outgrew the facility they were brewed in. A new brewery was built and Big Rock began operations at their current location in 1996. The facility consists of three breweries: the main brewery can produce up to 200 hectolitres, the Kaspar Schulz Brewery is devoted to Big Rock’s smaller micro-brew program, and the Nano Brewery for their barrel program. Big Rock also brews in Vancouver, BC and in Toronto, ON.