Co-op Wine & Spirits - Dalhousie Centre
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by dh024:
4.65/5 rDev +1.8%
Dalhousie Coop Liquor Store has emerged as the top beer store in Calgary. Willow Park Wines & Spirits and Kensington Wine Market have long been the top 'go-to' spots for top quality beer with the best selection. That has now changed.
I have been teaching a beer judging course to prep participants for taking the beer judge certification program exam, which requires me to buy about 10-12 different styles of beer every two weeks (about 60 beer styles in total) for beer style tastings. In short, I shop at all the 'big three' beers stores in Calgary (Willow Park, Kensington, Dalhousie Coop), and to my surprise Dalhousie Coop consistently has the best stock with the best quality beers.
If you like to talk beer, seek out Chris at the store -- you won't find more enthusiasm from anyone (Dave Gingrich *might* be a possible exception!). Seriously, the service at this store is great. Overall -- my #1 choice for best beer selection of any beer store in Calgary. Hope they can keep it up!
10-28-2009 06:28:42 | More by dh024
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4.58/5 rDev +0.2%
I frequent the Hamptons Co-op, but essentially all the Co-ops now have an exceptional selection of "Beers from around the world".
The manager at the Hamptons store, Chris, is a awesome beer geek and really helpful to talk to when it comes to suggestions of what to try next. The selection is fantastic as I always find myself coming in for one thing, and leaving with two (or more).
Recently started again, the "Beer Passport" program is fantastic. For every bottle of craft beer that you buy you recieve a stamp in a "Beer passport" for every 12 stamps you recieve a free gift. This past year I recieved 4 glass mugs, 4 nice tulip glasses, and 2 steins! Great return since I was going to buy the beer anyway.
Co-op gets full marks for being an awesome place to shop for beer, as well as any other type of liquor that you might be looking for. Plus, they're readily available with multiple locations all around Calgary.
01-13-2012 20:12:59 | More by tonyf55
4.3/5 rDev -5.9%
Turns out that all of the Calgary Co-op stores have improved their beer selections dramatically. Unfortunately they still cater to the "Bud Lite with Lime" crowd, but hey-- you gotta make a living!
Nice selection of local breweries, with about 6 or 7 Alberta brewers represented. Decent selection of Belgians and imports, and especially German and European lagers.
Service is good at most places, here it's even better because of the beer geek/ buyer. Plus you get (an annual) patronage refund on all purchases through your Co-op card. Money back from buying beer. Does it get any better than that?
01-24-2010 03:32:45 | More by MAB
5/5 rDev +9.4%
This is basically the best beer store ever in Calgary. Prices are good, selection is freakin awesome. If you have any questions regarding beer, Chris is the guy the talk to talk too. He is always bringing in new products and trying to improve the store.
This store is awesome, and so is Chris. Chris always insures the beer shelves are fully stocked and always has new products coming to the new store.
If you are not looking for beer, the store also has an excellent selection for wine and spirits.
The only downfall to this store is that there are not enough extremely good looking cashiers, other than that, the store is perfect.
12-04-2009 06:45:09 | More by kstoyles
4.5/5 rDev -1.5%
Chris my good man, you run one hell of a beer room! Every time I drop in, (about once a week,) I find something I have yet to try or have even heard of. This is great!
I met our fellow BA Chris on Saturday, and he gave me a as of yet unreleased in his store bottle of Rogue Northwestern Ale, and was immediately helpful, cordial and all around excited about his ability to help bring good beer to the people of Calgary. I have gone to the aforementioned Willow Park, and only found one bottle of beer that Chris didn't have on his shelf... another bottle of Rogue from last year one of the WP staff happened to find in the back earlier that day.
Bottom line, if you're in Calgary and you're hankering for a really different beer experience, go to the Dalhousie Co-Op and treat yourself to the amazing variety, exceptional customer service and friendly geekery that the folks there embody.
To be honest, everyone of the supervisory staff at every Co-Op I've been to have been fantastic and extremely freindly. No complaints at all from this BA, and nothing but strong words of recommendation to any who will hear it :D
11-09-2009 19:20:35 | More by CurtisFagan
4.3/5 rDev -5.9%
This store definitely has the best beer selection I've ever found in Alberta (so far). There is an incredible selection of good Canadian beers, including ones from Manitoba, Quebec (hurray, Dieu de Ciel!!!) and Ontario. There are several beers I've never even heard of before. There is a solidly diverse collection of American and European beers. Prices are good (I mean, for Canada). The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and extremely helpful. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area! This will be my prefered beer store while I'm in Calgary.
I should add that this liquor store carries several beers I've never seen before, despite traveling all across Canada and the U.S. Gotta love Alberta!
I also second the above recommendation for Chris. He knows his beers!
I left my passport there by accident one night, and the staff made sure I got if back that evening. These guys can't do anything wrong!
10-07-2009 05:00:55 | More by ShadeGrown
Co-op Wine & Spirits - Dalhousie Centre in Calgary, AB, Canada
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.