1600 World Bier Haus
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2.93/5 rDev -9%
Original "B" review late spring 2009
First visit: a quiet pint with the wife ... on the night of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Not a chance. The joint was packed; we arrived just early enough to get seats at the bar (after a 5 minute wait). We weren't asked if we'd like anything to drink while we waited, but to be fair it was pretty damned busy. Virtually every wall was covered in big-screen TVs (not my thing) and the volume was cranked. Basically, your average trendoid bar, which I'd avoid at any given opportunity...
... except they have a large and unusual taps selection, a motherload [sic] of bottles, and they're within 5 minutes' walk of my house. How awesome is that?
Kind of dumb, IMO, that they have no proper beer list that I could see. I jotted down the labels on the taps, but have no idea what their bottled selection is like. (I don't go out for bottled beer, but some folks might.)
Wild Rose Velvet Fog
Tree Hop Head IPA
Okanagan Spring Pale Ale
Unibroue Blanche de Chambly
Big Rock Grasshopper
Boddington's Pub Ale
Keith's IPA [sic]
Keith's Red Amber
Leffe (blond, I presume)
A slightly funny list with a few surprises, a few WTFs and a few eye-rolls. I had fun playing "which taps would you keep and which would you swap out to achieve a beer-geek destination while still keeping the punters and the green-bottle guzzlers happy." (Results to be posted at a future date.)
Had a Delerium Tremens and a de Koninck, $7 each (12 oz glass). Mrs. Stagger had a Strongbow. We shared a flatbread and a cone of yam fries, which were pretty good.
I was hoping this place might be a decent local - I like places you can read a book or talk without shouting. A woman who had been a regular at this place when it was Friar's Pub told me they've only had two slow nights in the 6 weeks they've been open. Still, I might be able to carve out a niche. And as of now, Hop Head is on special on Fridays - you can guarantee I'll be there whenever I can't make it to the Wild Rose Taproom for the cask opening.
NEW review March 2010
After a few more visits I have to downgrade this place a fair bit. The food has been average at best of late - last night we had a $9 chips & salsa that consisted of stale chips & store-bought salsa with a few chunks of fresh onion and avocado added; at a shabbier joint I wouldn't mind that so much, but this place has delusions of excellence. Below-average service (after being asked twice the waitress never did bring us a drinks menu). Taps are frequently sold out or - worse - old (taste the Blanche de Chambly here and at Belgo, or the Hop Head here vs. Fergus & Bix, and _marvel_ at the difference). The place is full of see-and-bee-seen-ers - not my kind of scene at all. If there was another decent pub within walking distance of my house I don't think I'd ever bother coming here.
Still, it's an encouraging sign that there's a market for unusual beer (the place is absolutely packed on weekends and lots of folks drinking out-of-the-ordinary stuff) even in the suburbs. I'm hoping we might get a less pretentious, higher-quality "bier" place around these parts soon.
03-21-2010 17:58:03 | More by stagger
1600 World Bier Haus in Calgary, AB, Canada
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.