Beer Revolution

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12 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1080 8 St SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2R 1K2

(403) 264-2739 | map

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Added by hoser on 01-23-2012

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of headlessparrot
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Beer Revolution's strength is its beer list--up on numerous screens around the bar, showing a long list of details you don't normally get at bars: price, ABV, style, when the keg was tapped, when they expect the keg to run out. They seem to have about 20 lines of rotating beer, plus a pile of oddball bottles from all over.

Beer Revolution's weakness is that in most other respects it's a pretty generic restaurant and bar: bland decor and architecture, nothing sticks out on the menu, and the food is mediocre. I had a burger I found pretty disappointing, and the accompanying fries were rather bland. And *16 oz pints*, which I would argue is unacceptable for a Canadian bar trying to sell itself as a place for beer (especially factoring in the prices, which are on the high side of reasonable for downtown Calgary).

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Photo of John1991
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Great place, and I love the changing beer menu.

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Really enjoyed this brewpub. Beer selection was top notch. Had 2 limited brews and geuze. Probably the only place I'll ever see a geuze on menu here in Edmonton.

Service was good. The waitress knew the flavor profiles of the beers I ordered. We went at happy hour and the place was calm and quiet with about a quarter of the tables occupied. Food and beer came fast. The apps we ordered were what I would consider higher end pub food. The pretzels and pizza were great.

Overall a great experience for Alberta beer geeks.

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Photo of Sammy
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Newer bar with a large selection of beers in a broad style selection. Decent service, well lit, conveniently next to Brewsters and downtown near my meetings. Some unusual new brewers available.Happy hour available. parking available. My BA and RB hosts said that you can find 6 Mikkeller or DDC taps on, the right night.

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Photo of sennin
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Beer Revolution.

I lived at this place when I was an intern at the University of Calgary this past Summer and I always kept coming back. My friends thought I was crazy for making the trek, but I paid them no heed. Let's get on with the review though, shall we?

Atmosphere: Okay...Beer Revolution could be considered a sports bar in all honesty. Noise levels are exceedingly high and huge TV's are on display all around, but I have come to expect a lot of these things at bars anyway. So it was never that big of a deal. I like the look and feel of the place a good amount though, sort of has an old, pseudo communist feel, but doesn't overdue it. I also like that they refer to the dates in which beers will no longer be available as their "estimated time of departure". Cool stuff.

Quality: Overall, it's pretty good both beer and food are served up pretty well here, but often times the beer isn't served at the temperature in which it is supposed to be served- that was a bit disappointing but it didn't kill the place for me.

Service: Usually pretty good, but when it gets busy you may find yourself being forgotten. But it was never for so long that it was a problem.

Selection: The beer selection rotates, but they usually have a great deal of beer styles and bottles available. The beers are usually very high-quality too, I only had one bad beer during my entire time coming here.

Value: This is a problem considering that beer revolution is pretty pricey. Beers go for 7 dollars and up for those that are available on tap and above 10 dollars for the bottles available. I have heard that that isn't very high for you city folk out there, but for Michiganders like me that grew up in the burbs, that's pretty high. Food is also pretty overpriced, but I usually came here to drink- not eat.

In summary, it's a good place and if you love beer I would definitely recommend giving it a visit but it can be a bit pricey.

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Photo of tonyf55
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First time at Beer Revolution last night, the newest pub in the Calgary craft beer scene.

First off, the new interiors are clean, to the point, and fit the environment. The place is a little small and on a busy Saturday it can be hard to get a seat. Overall, the atmosphere seemed busy - loud music and sports playing on big screen tv - and this slight detracted from the overall experience. Especially the LOUD music; I had to both yell at the person beside me and the waitress because the music was way too loud. The constantly rotating list of taps and bottles is shown on some big screen TV's with no large macro-breweries to be found. For one, I really respect the fact that they do not even carry Molson, Bud or Kokanee and FORCE people who come there to try some new things. This I think is one of their strongest traits.

Speaking of the waitress, service was quick and efficient and the waitress at least knew (kind-of) what the different beers on the list were. Her description of a hop-heavy IPA though left something to be desired... and maybe should have been dealt with differently. Bar-tender I dealt with was an awesome guy and was quick with our order, especially on a busy Saturday.

The beer list is formidable...not in size, but in quality. A ton of AMAZING craft beers on tap and bottled. I, myself, had both a Peche Mortal and a Red Race IPA in the same night...both on tap. It was lovely.

The food, especially the pizza and truffle fries, are fantastic. Quality ingredient and dough used for the pizza that really compliments the brews. It is a little on the expensive side, but if you go there mostly for the beer, you shouldnt be too disappointed.

All in all, beer revolution is the new hang-out for the real craft beer crowd in Calgary. Although a direct competitor to the Hop & Brew (which is also fantastic) it is a welcomed addition to the community.

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Photo of stagger
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

My ears are still ringing. Great, great taps list. The waitress seemed knowledgeable and didn't usually disappear for too extended a period. Twice our group had some question as to whether the beer someone received was the one he had ordered - but the volume of the music and the general atmosphere wasn't really conducive to anything but shouting about hockey, so we didn't bring it up... Decor is genteel-average but why do there have to be so many TV's, and why does the (boring) music have to be so damn loud? Calgary's best taps, though.

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Photo of hoser
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Since opening this place as become the best spot for beer in Calgary and the only place to have Central City's Red Racer IPA on tap. The computer board showing when stuff goes on tap, when stuff is going to run out is cool. A constantly changing draft list of the best of best you can get in Alberta plus a selection of their parent company's beers from Brewster's. The bottle list is cool! They try to have small releases, seasonals and one offs on it all the time and regularly rotate. Another cool thing this they don't pander to the pedestrian with shit like Coor's Light and Alexander Keith's. Much like Barcade in New York they groove being a beer bar and don't do like other supposed beers not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings with crap on the menu. If I had any complaints the music is not edgy enough, a little to sports bar-y and the small menu of pizza although good pies is tiresome. They do Friday Casks and this place isn't near a douchy as Craft Beer Market, repeat not near as douchy as Craft Beer Market.

Finally Calgary has arrived with a proper beer bar.

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Beer Revolution in Calgary, AB, Canada
Brewery rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 12 ratings