Hop In Brew Pub House
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
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
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Finally got around to checking this place out on my last visit to Calgary.
It's in a rustic old 2-storey house with a ton of character. The walls are lined with various bottles, and most of the original "rooms" are still in tact, so there are several cozy areas to find a table. Tables and chairs are typical of a traditional pub; well worn, but sturdy. I don't recall any music, whatever was playing, it was quiet enough to make this a great place for conversation.
Quality is very good. Beer is expertly dispensed and at the correct temperature, plus glassware is clean. Tap lines seemed to be well kept, I didn't pick up any off flavours in the beers I sampled.
Service is somewhat limited, but still quality. They had no table service on the night we were there, so I had to order food at the bar (although it was brought to our table). That small gripe aside, the bartenders were very on the ball, and kept our table clear of empty glassware. They also seemed to be appreciative of my choice of beers and answered all of my questions satisfactorily... they even shook my hand at the end of the night.
Tap selection is the best I have come across. Tons of great craft beer to choose from, about 12 taps, all of it quality stuff except for the Big Rock and Steamwhistle which is there to please the average joes I guess. They even have their own contract brew, Gold Spur, a tripel brewed by Alley Kat. I like that they carry a few stronger choices like Gold Spur (9%), Brew Bros Prairie Steamer (6.5%), Wild Rose Cherry Porter (6.5%), as well as a true NW-style IPA Tree Hophead. It was a joy to sample many of these beers on tap. Bottle selection was limited to Unibroue and a few others... sorry I really don't care about bottles when I go to a pub.
Food is typical pub fare. On recommendation, we went with a couple of their gourmet pizzas to share. Very tasty and well made.
4 of us had 2 pints each, plus we shared 2 10" pizzas. Bill came to just under $80 before tip. I think the pints (20oz) were about $6, which is pretty standard in Canada. Seems pretty reasonable to me, especially for very good beer.
All in all, I LOVED this place. Highly recommended. The other 3 people that came with me are not beer drinkers, yet they too raved about it for days afterward. I really liked the fact that all of the beer on tap was Canadian, with the focus on local offerings (Wild Rose, Big Rock and Brew Brothers of Calgary, Alley Kat of Edmonton, Tree of Kelowna).
12-30-2007 20:58:28 | More by markaberrant
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Been here many times over the last 5 years as it's less than one block from work. Basically and old early 1900's house turned into a pub, BUT keeping much of the house feel in terms of rooms, fire place, balcony, etc. Not a massive selection, but they always have about 10 craft brews on tap, with a few always being Calgary's Brew Brothers, then a rotating mix of B.C., international, seasonals, and the always present exlusive Alley Kat strong Belgian called Goldspur. The guy who owns/runs the place is a little weird, I've seen him get frazzled by putting a few tables together for a larger group, but its all good. Weekend night its a hangout for a mix of beer geeks, yuppies, punks, emo's, bangers, posers, etc. All around an eclectic place with a great beer selection that changes regularly.
11-06-2010 04:37:28 | More by joemcgrath27
4.15/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've tried to hit this place up on a number of occasions on my way through Calgary, but its 6pm opening time never quite worked out for me. Until now.
This pub resides in an old post-war house in downtown Calgary, just a few blocks from the commercial center. It really reminds me of a similar house I lived in back in university - so big nostalgia points already. Inside, there are numerous homey rooms, stocked with various Formica tables and rickety chairs, with a few cushioned banquettes. Beer memorabilia lines the walls, broken up by a surprising number of mirrors and windows. The tap list is on a chalkboard visible from the 'living room' where I set in. There's also a second floor, with a more open room, and a pool table. The clientele leans towards a young hipster vibe.
Upon arriving, I was greeted by both the bartender and the waitress, who were very friendly and knowledgeable throughout. I was there for the Alley Kat Goldspur, and was given a welcome description of its origins. Their rotating taps also had Big Rock's Scotch Ale, Mill Street Cobblestone Stout, and La Chouffe, amongst a decent standard array of other Western Canadian micros, and Unibroue.
Settled with a pint, I got around to what first assaulted my senses when I stepped in out of the cold - the pizza! The menu is pretty straightforward - pizza, in a comprehensive assortment of topping styles, with a few salad options as well. So, spicy pizza it was, and it was stellar - like a cross between my mom's, and the pies at an old Italian place in south Calgary who's name escapes me at this time.
The prices were reasonable for what you get, and I left quite satisfied with the bang for my buck. If I lived in Calgary, this establishment would easily eat up my going-out beer dollars.
Oh, and the staircase to the upstairs bathrooms is pretty narrow - just a heads up after a few Goldspur Tripels...
02-01-2011 02:44:42 | More by biboergosum
4.16/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
This is probably my all around favorite place to drink in Calgary and I've been many times, so instead of letting personal biases seep into a lengthy review I'm just going to quickly get into the relative pros and cons I see in this place:
-Good tap selection that rotate out a decent variety of quality canadian brews (Non-rotating taps include Goldspur, Aprikat, Full Moon, and Grasshopper I believe)
-Cozy atmosphere free of TVs that makes having a conversation with a good friend or a first date ideal.
-Relatively inexpensive for what you get
-Hardly ever crowded
-Limited service. On most nights FOH staff includes1 bartender and 1 server MAX. If you can't deal with moseying up to the bar to get your brewksis, then this place is NOT for you.
-Limited menu, although the pizzas are quite good.
- Plays a god awful amount of mediocre indie-folk like Mumford And Sons, Lumineers, Wintersleep, etc.
10-07-2013 01:02:43 | More by Trancesexual
Hop In Brew Pub House in Calgary, AB, Canada
92 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.