Hop In Brew Pub House
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 14
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my favorite pub in Calgary. It can get quite packed, even on mid-week nights, which says something since there are numerous (maybe a dozen) other choices within a 5 minute walk of the place.
The pizza is exceptional and consistently good. There really is no other worthwhile food choice. But you're going for the beer, anyway, and you can't beat the Canadian content there.
The beer selection is always skewed to the local microbrews of Alberta, BC, and the Yukon. There are Wild Rose beers for people who want an IPA or a brown ale; Alley Kat brews for a superb "Full Moon Pale Ale" bitter as well as seasonal offerings from Alley Kat such as Oktoberfest, Marzen,and Barley-Wine (if you're lucky to get some before they run out).
You can get an Arctic Red from Yukon brewers that is a fabulous beer on tap (and not bad from the bottle). Then they have Big Rock beers (usually Traditional and almost always "Reserve" stout) although they have been lax on ordering in McNally's recently. More people need top request that one...
Their signature brew, Goldspur (a Belgian Trippel) is not to be missed. It is outstanding!
Waah!!! Now I've gone and made myself thirsty.
The comments on the service are, regretably, pretty accurate. If you're downstairs and it's not too busy then you'll be taken care of. Upstairs is another story. They do comb the place for empty glasses on a regular basis, though. They could definitely use another server on most nights but, in this city, that's a tall order right now.
09-25-2006 18:50:11 | More by MAB
3.33/5 rDev -19.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Kind of a homey place, inside a house with a drop in setting. Very relaxing and comfortable, I can see people wanting to be regulars. Pivate and intimate upstairs. Very friendly and accomodating. Good selection of local brews, but nothing I liked on 9 taps. Well ventillated, allows smoking of course.I didn't try the food but saw what my buddy was getting which looked very good. Bottle list everything you can get at the local stores now or before. Come here to relax, they need to open up what they get on tap and in bottles.
09-20-2005 19:40:52 | More by Sammy
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
In the "yellow house" on 12th avenue, is a delightful true pub atmosphere and a great selection of Alberta and BC micros. The owner, through Wild Rose, brews a Belgian Tripple style ale, and it was delicious. As the menu says, the brew is still in the "fine tuning stages," but it still tastes delightfully flavourful. What a superb, bold style to brew! The aroma is not typical of the style, but the taste certainly is. The draught-bar also had some Alley Kat, Big Rock, Cider Creek and Wild Rose. Wow, does Velvet Fog ever taste exceptional on tap! I enjoyed the atmosphere, save the fact that they allow smoking. Selection is great, since they avidly support local beer, and the pizza they bake is fantastic. The service was good, but I think they need at least 2 waitresses, not just one.
All said, this was a relaxing pub, with no television, no loud music, and a quiet, conversation-fostering atmosphere.
05-06-2004 03:47:00 | More by Cwrw
3.7/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
The Hop 'n Brew is located in a moderately seedy part of downtown, inside of a creaky old house with lots of good character. On tap, they had a relatively wide variety of local craft brews, including at least one that is specially brewed just for them, according to a recipe developed by the owner. It's too bad that I discovered this just as I was leaving! On tap, they have a handful from Wild Rose, Alley Kat, Big Rock, and a few others. I'm told they occasionally bring in a cask-conditioned offering from Wildwood, but I've yet to see it for myself.
The beer is as good as the best of Alberta, which can be quite good. I especially enjoyed Alley Kat's Full Moon Pale Ale and Wild Rose's Brown went down smooth and easy. The service was a little slow, but not so much that it detracted from the overall experience.
They don't have a huge menu to choose from, but the pizza is quite good!
04-06-2004 14:47:59 | More by Garin
Hop In Brew Pub House in Calgary, AB, Canada
92 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.