Wildwood Brewing Co.

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2417 4 St SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2S 1X5

(403) 228-0100

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I've been eating at WildWood for many years, and it's the food and not the beer that brings me back. Split into two levels with a more formal dining room on the main floor, serving regional cuisine with lots of great game meat. The lower level is the brewpub which is sizable and well laid out with windows looking into the brew room.

While most of my experience has been upstairs where the food, service and atmosphere are much better, the odd time I've spent downstairs has usually been a disappointment. The service is always disinterested and lacking - which is surprising considering how polished it is upstairs. My score is more of a reflection of the lower level. If I had I choice I'd go for lunch upstairs and try the beer there. Order the lamb burger - always good.

The beer is usually so so and they've changed the line up over the years with varying success. I'd say the beer recently has been more mediocre than usual. If you're looking for a nice restaurant to take someone but wish to try some locally brewed beer - come here.

Edit: obviously need to get back soon and try the cask

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Photo of presario
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A big open place with lots of TVs and live music on weekends. Beers can be pricey. Sampler tray price gives the impression that they want to keep the beers a secret. I think that they have 6 taps, the best being the Pilsener and the Pale Ale. The seasonals can range from tired, to great (IPA 2006). There is always a seasonal on tap but Brian needs to be a bit more adventerous or allowed a bit more leeway. A cask every Friday at 4PM. Good food menu. A fancy steakhouse is upstairs and the menu at the bar includes duck, lamb and buffalo.

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Photo of Sammy
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

Supposedly has a very good steakhouse upstairs and well lit pub grub downstairs. On smokey side downstairs, we had to search for a decent table, waitress pushy, and brewer didn't say hello to one of main CAMRA guy I was with. So-so selection and new brewer, so ratings may change in future. Average beer for anywhere, including Calgary but they did do samples. I thought there were better places in the City, like Hop In and Brewsters. Well attended and the young love their brewpubs here. They did not bring a special glass for my buddy having pilsner.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Went there last time I was in "Cowtown", Irondjinn brought me and two of my coaches there on a Sunday evening. First I must admit, I loved the situation of the brewpub and the restaurant(upstair) so much that I've talked with my associate about it and well who knows...

The atmosphere was good for a Sunday evening, I cannot really say as im from a city that never sleep and the last call is at 0255, not 2230 still on a Sunday. The quality of beers was very good, we had some pilsner, stout, and a few others that my memory is now short of. Service was quite good, actually I was thinking about kidnapping the waitress and bring her back to Montreal for my pub, sure my coach Pierre would have loved that fact he spent the night hitting on her! Selection was a bit dissapointing, compared to the brewpub I usually go like L'Amère à boire or Dieu du Ciel, still I have enjoyed that pub.

Again thanx Iron!


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Photo of Cwrw
3.98/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I had been meaning for ages to get to Wildwood on a Friday night for a pint of their cask-ale, and I am severely glad I finally did. The building is unassuming from the outside. Upon entering, I was greeted with the sight of one of the brew tanks to the right behind glass. The restaurant area, upstairs, is quite formal and classy. The downstairs, however, is where all the good beer is; this is the pub part of the establishment. On the night we went, the patrons in the place were a little rowdy, and I found it somewhat loud--I was expecting a quieter, more traditional pub atmosphere. There is a central, square bar in the middle of the pub, with ample seating all round. The main tanks are down here as well, behind windows and glass doors. Atmosphere could use a little touch-up. The quality of the beer makes it all worthwhile, however. I was hooked immediately; I could tell that these were masterfully crafted brews, done with care and attention. Their Czec Pilsener is served in a partially fluted glass, and was deliciously fruity with ample hop. The Red I tried was in a pint glass, and was also excellent. Of course, the first beer I tried was the Bugaboo bitter, cask-conditioned. Unfortunately, it was extremely cloudy and rather flat. I
saw someone tinkering with the brew equipment in the back, so I approached to ask some questions about the pub. The man was James Anderson, the brewmaster. He said he had somehow tapped the cask-ale improperly, releasing all the sediment into the beer that night. No matter, the beer was still very tasty, and served at the correct temperature. I chatted some more with him, and he was very friendly and willing to talk, despite being rather busy. The service was average, with a semi-knowledgable waitress eager to serve. Selection is great, and every beer I have tried here was top-notch. They also bottle their beers and offer them for sale at the bar, and I was little less enthused about these bottled versions--they had absolutely no carbonation. Food is also very tasteful, and the upstairs restaurant serves incredible meals, using many local ingredients. This place is highly recommended for the beer alone--it redeems every lesser aspect of the place.

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

IronDjinn pretty much has it covered so don't need to repeat too much.
I really like this brewpub. In the same location as the old Mission Bridge Brew Pub. Two floors, the dining room on the main floor and pub downstairs. Has windows to view the beer making vessels and process. They have a higher end (quality and price) than typical pub food. The Alberta Pheasant Spring Rolls were very good.

They have started something new called the Wildwood Weekly Cask. "This Cask is served every Friday and Saturday. It is normally based on the Bugaboo Bitter, but to add variety and suspense other bases are used. The finished Bugaboo Bitter or other beer is Krausened with fermenting Wort and is Dry Hopped with large amounts of various Aroma / Noble Hops. The Krausening takes one week and a further two weeks of aging is required. This Delicious Beer is served warm directly from the Cask until it is finished. WARNING arrive early on Friday to ensure your Pint." (from their website).

Was just recently back, and have changes the beer lineup a bit, adding a Honey Ale - very tastey, and Red - an english style amber. The cask-conditioned offering was good, but kind of flat. Regardless, will be back again.

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Photo of saskguy
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The food is better than the beer. I generally go to the bar downstairs, not the ground floor restaurant.

Like all too many brewpubs, most of the beer is bland. Though it is better than many places, so if you are in Calgary...

I liked the braised short ribs!

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Time to update this review, as things have changed at this establishment. Found in Mission on 4th St. SW in Calgary, it's a hip old neighbourhood that is now being redeveloped. There's a bit of parking along the side of the building, but it fills up fast, and parking in Mission is hit and miss, you take it where you can get it. Good thing it's a beautiful neighbourhood to walk through.

First of all, a new brewmaster has stepped up to the plate, and has completely changed the beer menu. A bit of a double-edged sword with that, as half of them are quite good, and the other half are a pass, at least from my personal experience, my beer reviews will testify my point. Also the names of the beer carry an eye-rolling hockey theme, thanks to their proximity to the famous "Red Mile", and the Saddledome arena a little farther away where the Calgary Flames made a solid run for the Stanley Cup in 2004. I found the references a little on the cheesy side (and a bit wanting at times), and will refrain from mentioning them here.

The menu has also been altered, and comes across as a bit dumbed down from what it used to be--I'm not sure if there's been any major changes with the running of the kitchen. Whereas before the quality of the food was excellent, it's still alright now, but nothing spectacular or noteworthy compared to what it used to be.

What seriously needs to be changed at this establishment is the quality of the service, and this is a comment that stems from receiving consistently poor service over the past few years already. From sheer neglect to seriously negative attitudes, I never look forward to dealing with a server at the Wildwood. Almost to the point where I don't have any huge urge to return.

They do have live music in the downstairs pub area on the weekends, which is great for local bands to get some exposure, but not so great if you're looking for a quiet pint. The main floor upstairs area still remains a higher class dining room area.

Even with the poor service the Wildwood used to be my favorite brewpub in the city, and one I always recommended to visitors from out of town. Now I can't highly recommend it as much as I used to, not in good conscience. What used to be a really great place is now only okay. Worth checking out if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, but not worth a special trip anymore in my opinion.

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Wildwood Brewing Co. in Calgary, AB, Canada
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