Hop In Brew Pub House
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 14
3.33/5 rDev -19.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Kind of a homey place, inside a house with a drop in setting. Very relaxing and comfortable, I can see people wanting to be regulars. Pivate and intimate upstairs. Very friendly and accomodating. Good selection of local brews, but nothing I liked on 9 taps. Well ventillated, allows smoking of course.I didn't try the food but saw what my buddy was getting which looked very good. Bottle list everything you can get at the local stores now or before. Come here to relax, they need to open up what they get on tap and in bottles.
09-20-2005 19:40:52 | More by Sammy
British Indian Ocean Territory
4.44/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
12-13-2009 22:11:44 | More by CBA
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.06/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is definitely an interesting spot. The bar is set in an old house, with tables set throughout and a small bar in one of the rooms. There are two floors; the upper floor has some couches, I think, and a pool table.
Pretty good selection of local beers on tap (about 12 or so)... the bartender seemed like she was pretty knowledgeable about the beers. She admitted they didn't have anything interesting available in bottles.
At the time, there wasn't really too many people around, so the place had a very empty feel to it due to the layout, but I'm sure it would be a little more enjoyable once it filled up a bit, which I've heard it usually does.
09-29-2010 03:08:32 | More by berley31
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
02-03-2010 06:39:54 | More by wordemupg
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
In the "yellow house" on 12th avenue, is a delightful true pub atmosphere and a great selection of Alberta and BC micros. The owner, through Wild Rose, brews a Belgian Tripple style ale, and it was delicious. As the menu says, the brew is still in the "fine tuning stages," but it still tastes delightfully flavourful. What a superb, bold style to brew! The aroma is not typical of the style, but the taste certainly is. The draught-bar also had some Alley Kat, Big Rock, Cider Creek and Wild Rose. Wow, does Velvet Fog ever taste exceptional on tap! I enjoyed the atmosphere, save the fact that they allow smoking. Selection is great, since they avidly support local beer, and the pizza they bake is fantastic. The service was good, but I think they need at least 2 waitresses, not just one.
All said, this was a relaxing pub, with no television, no loud music, and a quiet, conversation-fostering atmosphere.
05-06-2004 03:47:00 | More by Cwrw
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Calgary's best pub to get local beer. A very good local tap selection. No TVs so a great place for meetings or to talk. Can be very busy on weekends. Short menu but pizza is very good. Pretty much limited to food that has cheese on it. This includes pizza and nachos. Friday is a pizza price special. Does not open till 4PM on most days so don't go for lunch or if you get off early. Dick, the owner, loves beer and loves hops. He has his own recipe for two beers that he alternates on tap and has brewed locally. These are Two Gun and Golden Spur. They are both Belgian inspired.
09-16-2007 02:16:34 | More by presario
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here for a couple pints after work and really enjoyed it. To say this place is unique is an understatement, the decor is all beer related from tap handles to bombers and bottles. It feels like you're drinking in someones living room, which is really great. The food, from what I can tell, is really good, though I only personally tasted the nachos. Where this place shines is the quality of the beers offered. All of their taps are micro brews and they offer some pretty unique beers. Though not a massive selection, every beer is well chosen and there's an offering for every different beer lover. I was fortunate enough to have a half pint of La Chouffe and a pint of Howe Sound Nut Brown Ale, both of which were absolutely delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to get out for a delicious pint of beer in a unique atmosphere. We were there after work and it was relatively quiet, however, I understand that it gets pretty busy later in the evenings.
10-23-2010 23:31:51 | More by andrenaline
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
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!
10-29-2008 05:38:05 | More by Voonder
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
3.7/5 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.