Edmonton Trail Liquor Store

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117-831 Edmonton Trail NE
Calgary, Alberta, T2E 3J8

(403) 277-5499

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Reviews by Cwrw:
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

I read about this one on an obscure website, actually an old Calgary beer periodical, called the Monthly Brew, which is no longer. Since I am in Airdrie, any beer store closer to the north of Calgary carrying a good selection is more viable than me having to drive near downtown or way down south to the main Willow Park store. Now that I have visited, I will be back. A corner of a normal strip-mall is where this tiny liquor store is located. Judging a book by its cover, I would have passed this one over, expecting to find big 3 swill and maybe some Big Rock. This store surprises any beer lover. I had a feeling this was different than most stores as soon as I walked in. Ambient music, and two younger, hippish clerks behind a till, a shelf behind them loaded with unique and multinational beer bottles. In the back, a small beer cooler filled with craft beers, seemingly outdoing all the mainstream stuff. Alley Kat, Brew Brothers(yes, Brew Brother's Black Pilsener), Tree's Hophead, Wild Rose, OK Spring's, and then the imports, focusing on Belgian, with some German and other European. The selection for this size of beer store is phenomenal; I only dream of what it would be like if the owner had more room! Some beers it seemed they did not even have room for, as they were untidily packed wherever, and some, the clerk told me, were not even out on the shelves. The clerks were friendly, and seemed to know everyone who came in. I only wished they would have packed my beers in boxes rather than bags, as I bought enough to fill two twelve-size boxes. This store is a pleasant surprise. Now I do not have to drive as far to find Duvel, or Chimay for that matter.

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Photo of DeclansDad
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%

I only visited the "BeerFly" section of BeerAdvocate.com for the first time yesterday, and when I saw a listing of beer stores in Calgary, I was quite surprised. I had thought that Willow Park was unbeatable for selection, but I noticed that the Edmonton Trail Liquor Store was ranked #1. Having never been there, I thought I'd see what the fuss was about. And what did I find? Liquor Depot. I was definitely at the right address, so in I went. Another customer told me that they'd recently changed hands, and they were now part of the Liquor Depot chain, which isn't known for carrying much other than Kokanee and Big Rock. This particular store apparently is going to continue carrying the same brands of beer that they did under the former ownership, so that's good news for folks in the NE of Calgary.

The beer selection was impressive, but paled in comparison to Willow Park. The specialty wall in the cooler was about 1/3 North American products, with St Ambroise, Unibroue, Wild Rose, and about 30 other breweries well represented. The other 2/3 was international, with single bottles from (in order of product diversity) the UK, Belgium, Germany, the rest of Europe, and Asia. Lots of great selections, but see my Willow Park review (which I'm about to write) for why it gets my vote.

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Photo of BigBry
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

The only way I would have known about this place was from right here, reading BeerFly reviews. It is a little hard to find, and parking is not great because it is in a strip mall.
Most everything has already been covered so I don't really need to repeat it.
This was the first and only place that I have seen a number of locally produced brands I have been looking for. (Alley Kat Olde Deuteronomy, Wild Rose Cherry Porter, Brew Brothers), plus lots of imports I assumed were not even available in Canada.
Friendly staff, great selection, will definatley be shopping here again.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

Ok, this is my new Valhalla for beer hunting in Calgary. It's a small location, tucked away in a mini mall on the right-hand side of Edmonton Trail (if you're heading south to Memorial Drive), you really have to watch for the sign near the sidewalk if you don't know where you're going. But it's definitely worth looking for.

The few brief times I've talked a bit with the staff it sounds like they are really serious about their beer selection, and bring in as many new labels as they can as former regional/international trade restrictions and barriers are slowly changing. Walking into the small cold room in the back of the establishment turns into a trip to the happy hunting grounds. The west wall is stuffed full of local/regional/imported craft beers, and an immense amount of varying quality imports as well. This is also the only location in Calgary that I've found which carries the largest selection of Edmonton's Alley Kat, the stuff I usually have to drive up to Edmonton to pick up. By far this is the best selection I've found in Calgary to date, even better than Willow Park or the Royal Liquor Merchants on 17th Ave and 11th St. It just goes to show you that you have to seek out quality, but that when you eventually find it that it is worth the effort.

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Edmonton Trail Liquor Store in Calgary, AB, Canada
4.21 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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