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Willow Park Wines & Spirits

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 13.32%
[ Store ]

10801 Bonaventure Dr SE
Calgary, Alberta, T2J 6Z8
Canada
phone: (403) 296-1640

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Photo of Cwrw
5/5  rDev +12.9%

A beer heaven in Calgary, and I try and make pilgrimages as often as I can. I first went to Willow Park's main store a couple of years ago, and I was very impressed. Stepping into their large cooler can make a beer advocate drool. An enormous selection of beers from all over the world, and of course all the local micros. The biggest selection is Belgian, followed by UK and German beers. They even stack some Unibroues on their sides, which is how they should be stored if they are corked. The great part of it all is that they have always had something new every visit, and the beer man, Dave, a jovial younger chap who is extremely enthusiastic about beer, is diligent in trying to get any new Belgians. Usually when I go in and he is working, we end up talking for about half an hour about what is new and what we have tried lately. In fact, when Edition 2004 first came out, he took us upstairs to the tasting area, popped the cork, and let us have some. Very friendly and very helpful staff. They even helped bring all my beer out to my car. All the beers have good dates, and are stored very well. They even film, through Corkscrew Media, a half hour show called "Beer Cheers" upstairs, aired on Access station locally, and they hold numerous events throughout the year, including Oktobeerfest. A world class store. (Note: massive selections of rare wines and Scotches too.)

Cwrw, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of LaSalle
4/5  rDev -9.7%

I actually work at Willow Park and although it's good, Royal Liquor on 17th S.W in Calgary carries a comparable selection. They seem to have a knack for carrying what Willow Park doesn't. They also don't have a few Willow does, but they have quite a few Willow doesn't. Especially in the Unibroue catagory. The had "Terrible" over a month and a half before willow, and have been much more reliable when it comes to keeping enough stock to last longer then 12 hours. Willow, is still probobly bigger, but Royal makes a point of offering pretty much all of the alternatives. Between the 2 of them you'll find pretty much all Alberta has the capability to offer.

LaSalle, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%

I consider this the mecca for serious beer hunting in Calgary, I've yet to come across another store that matches both the sheer volume and quality of selection for imports and micros on a long row of shelves that stands apart from the mountains of macros also available. Domestic micros are grouped together, and then there is a seperate shelf for imports of each country or region represented. This is where I first discovered Young's, as well as the many fine classic ales of Scotland. All beer is contained in a massive walk-in cold room, which is truly a sight to behold after it has been fully stocked. New brands are constantly being introduced, and seasonals and limited editions are always prompt to make a first appearance here. Willow Park also has a scotch selection that brings tears to my eyes. Highly recommended for almost whatever you're looking for.

IronDjinn, Jul 29, 2003
Willow Park Wines & Spirits in Calgary, AB, Canada
96 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.