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Hop In Brew Pub House

Not Rated.
Hop In Brew Pub HouseHop In Brew Pub House
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

213 12 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2R 0G9
Canada
phone: (403) 266-2595

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Notes:
Monday: 4pm - 12am
Tuesday thru Thursday: 4pm - 1am
Friday: 4pm - 2am
Saturday: 6pm - 2am
Sunday: Closed

(Place added by: MAB)
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Photo of wordemupg
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here with my girlfriend so I could drink Olde Deuteronomy on tap. Great beer and a great pub, set in a old creaky house I rather liked the setting. The service was good and the people working there had decent knowledge about their beers. On a previous visit the owner Dick let us do a private tasting and I thought that was pretty cool. The menu is small but the pizza was great and worth trying. Lots of good taps with local beers from out west I had some Hop Head to and it's great on tap.
So ya for Calgary this place is great I recommend it

Photo of CBA
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Besides the Wild Rose taproom, I can't think of anywhere else in Calgary that comes close to the Hop In Brew for great regional beer (fresh & plenty of taps), relaxed atmosphere, and friendly knowledgeable service. Dick is accommodating and clearly has a passion for craft beer - allowing us to bring in a few of our own bottles to taste alongside their on tap offerings was definitely a much appreciated and kind gesture. Highly recommended, and must on anyone's list of beery things to do in Calgary. Be sure to check out many of the limited to HIB on tap offerings. Will be back many times.

Photo of andrenaline
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here for a couple pints after work and really enjoyed it. To say this place is unique is an understatement, the decor is all beer related from tap handles to bombers and bottles. It feels like you're drinking in someones living room, which is really great. The food, from what I can tell, is really good, though I only personally tasted the nachos. Where this place shines is the quality of the beers offered. All of their taps are micro brews and they offer some pretty unique beers. Though not a massive selection, every beer is well chosen and there's an offering for every different beer lover. I was fortunate enough to have a half pint of La Chouffe and a pint of Howe Sound Nut Brown Ale, both of which were absolutely delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to get out for a delicious pint of beer in a unique atmosphere. We were there after work and it was relatively quiet, however, I understand that it gets pretty busy later in the evenings.

Photo of MAB
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Voonder
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Went there with buddy on wednesday night. Bar is actually in an old house in downtown Calgary. Very authentic place. It's really small of course, but really nice inside. It wasn't busy at all, so service was extremely fast. Waitress was nice and helpful too. But the main feature of this pub - selection of local brews. If you're in calgary and want to try Alberta and BC's best beer - go there. I don't know any other place in Calgary which would offer this. I wish I lived close by, that would be my first destination.
On other side, their food menu didn't look that good. The had pizzas (quite large selection though) and nachos that's it. we got nachos as we weren't that hungry, they were average and nothing special. But we didn't go there for food, that's for sure.
So, have a nice dinner before that and then go taste the best local beers at one place. Score!

Hop In Brew Pub House in Calgary, AB, Canada
92 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.