Hop In Brew Pub House

BA SCORE
91
outstanding

18 Ratings
Hop In Brew Pub HouseHop In Brew Pub House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

213 12 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2R 0G9
Canada

(403) 266-2595 | map

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

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PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
18
Reviews:
15
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
6.99%
 
 
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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of Trancesexual
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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:

Pros:
-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

Cons:
-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.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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...

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Photo of berley31
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Docrock
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Multiple option on tap including rotating 8 taps. For food, its all pizza, many oprions but all hey have is pizza. Staff was friendly, mostly hipsters. Parking is a bit tight, some parking behind the house.

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Photo of Cwrw
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.

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Photo of Garin
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!

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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Hop In Brew Pub House in Calgary, AB, Canada
4.15 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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