Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue
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Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 74
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by IronDjinn:
4/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've watched this particular Brewsters location evolve over the years that I've been in Calgary, waaay back when I celebrated my 21st birthday there with my art school cronies of the day, to the complete overhaul and facelift it's received in the past few years, and time spent there with more recent coworker cohorts. As it is in a prime downtown (or is it considered uptown where it is already?) location, and has VERY limited parking for customers, plus dodgey meter parking surrounding the area, I've tended to avoid it more often that I'd like to--it's my favorite location of the chain to be found in Alberta. Brewsters is even where I sampled my first barleywine.
Geography and parking issues aside, it's a fairly classy place to spend a bit of time at, they have large booths, tall tables with stools, a large bar area, as well as arm chairs and fireplaces. A small patio sits off to the side next to the parking lot for better weather days. TV's dot the walls, which can be distracting at times, but also a decent filler when you are waiting for your friend or significant other to return from the washroom.
A decent food menu, it covers all the standards, and does them well, a decent selection. In recent memory I've sampled the bison burger and one of their pizzas, and both were enjoyable.
Of course they're best known for being the largest brewpub chain in the western provinces. Some styles are hit and miss in my opinion, but they have a good selection that covers a variety of styles: from fruity summer ales, to the standard pales and lagers, down the range of browns and darks, to their own black and tan as well (along with another mixed combo of their wheat and a red ale). I'm a fan of their brown and their barleywine myself, and if I can manage a seat on the patio, their blueberry and raspberry ales are great on a hot day.
If you can find the parking, it's definitely a location worth checking out--spacious and comfortable, with a good selection of inhouse brews, and a worthy menu for when your stomach starts to rumble.
04-05-2006 22:03:11 | More by IronDjinn
More User Reviews:
New Brunswick (Canada)
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Dropped by a couple of afternoons last week. Nice atmosphere; it's a pretty large spot, with lots of tables, booths, and a fairly large bar. Dark. There were quite a few people when we were there for Tuesday's happy hour (it was also wing night), but less there on Saturday afternoon.
They have a pretty large selection of their own beers on tap... must have been about 12-15. However, all of the beers I tried (Oktoberfest, APA, Czech Pilsner, Brown Ale) were average at best. None were offensive, they just weren't anything special at all. Happy hour prices were very good. Tried the wings and the pork bites, both of which were quite decent.
Good place to stop by for some tasty food and very reasonably priced, if average, beers.
09-29-2010 03:17:36 | More by berley31
4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I don't go here as often as I used to-- they removed the dart boards ten or so years back-- and when they discontinued the Bighorn Bitter, my favorite session beer, I boycotted them for a while. Once the smoking ban came into effect (they were one of the last hold-outs) the place became palatable again.
The food is always good, and the beer selection (with the exception of the bitter) is better than most. I can always find three or four different brews but their stout is fairly solid and the Blue Monk Barley Wine-- when in season-- is worth the trip in itself. The Rig Pig pale ale is OK, as is the Lanigan's Irish Ale.
They do have seasonal beers but they tend to be fruit based in the summer so the fall and winter are the times to go for those.
08-26-2009 14:40:12 | More by MAB
4/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
In comparison to their Crowfoot location, this one is far better. Good fun location and the servers are very good looking. Brewsters beers aren't the greatest, but i've never had a beer their i didn't enjoy. They have some seasonal beers such as their barley wine, which i wasn't all that fond of. Their beers are a good every day sort of beer. They have more character than you'd find at most restaurants in town, and are a great summer destination. If you're looking to grab a bite and a brew but your tired of the old stuff every other pub carries, their a nice option.
04-12-2009 04:37:25 | More by BiologySean
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to this Brewster's location on several occasions, but have not yet done a review. Stopped in for lunch in late afternoon on a Thursday, and there were only a couple other people there.
Has a high-end look in the decor, big leather chairs, lots of flat screen TVs (I was watching the baseball playoffs), a comfortable place to hang out at. Outside there is a small patio as well.
I would descibe the food menu as high end pub food, all the basics, but stepped up a notch. All the food I have ever tried has been very good.
The largest brewpub chain (with 4 Calgary locations) they have lots of choice and a full range of styles alweays available. They also do a nice job of bringing out seasonal and specialty brews, and I try to get in whenever there is something new.
10-07-2007 23:38:58 | More by BigBry
3.3/5 rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to place while on a trip to Calgary.
The place looks really nice and had a rather nice setup. My group was seated after a brief fumble by the service staff. Maybe we got the off waitress because the lady we had was fairly rude and was not all that pleasant to deal with.
The food selection was really good and I went with the Bow Valley Chicken Club which was excellent. Everything was perfect on this sandwich. The serving wasn't too big and it wasn't too small, it was just right and the price for what you get is very reasonable.
Unfortunately, this place completely drops the ball when it comes to the brews. We all got the pick your own five brew sampler. Every beer I tasted was disappointing and very watered down. I don't know if we got a bad batch or what, but I didn't want to have a pint of any. I tried their Gunther's Hefeweizen, Shaughnessy Stout, Bow Valley Brown Ale, Rig Pig Pale Ale, and River City Raspberry Wheat Ale.
Overall a decent spot to come for some good food. It's disappointing the the brews fall flat though.
10-04-2007 14:17:34 | More by Brewlore
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My favourite location. seems a bit more like a bar than a restaurant. Most beers are mainstream. The food is good. The seasonals are usually worth trying. A good selection of brewpub taps for Alberta. Pints can be a bit pricey on their own. I try and hit Brewsters at least twice a month. The good seasonals are made in Edmonton with liquid yeast by Gunther. Most of the beers are made in Calgary with dry yeast at the Foothills location. They have daily specials that are worth trying. 500 characters is a lot.
09-16-2007 02:04:13 | More by presario
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Surprisingly decent for a growing chain in Western Canada. Lots of brews (11) plus a guest cider tap. Best beer apparently is barleywine which is a winter seasonal not on tap, but was fine with other choices. Everything fresh, as close to Euclaire market where brewed. However, this is the recommended location. Service very attentive.Brews average for a brewpub that I have been too, which is above averge. People come for the food, which was standard plus. Good locations. Something for everybody, not too noisy, machines and games, fireplace, sports screens, lots of tables, smokey but you can get away from it as well ventillated. Other locations have patios. You can't go wrong.
09-20-2005 19:36:58 | More by Sammy
Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue in Calgary, AB, Canada
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.