Alberta Calgary Bottle Shops

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  1. mmcnaughton

    mmcnaughton Disciple (343) Apr 1, 2008 Michigan
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    I am heading to Calgary next week on business (I am staying downtown). Does anyone have any suggestions for bottle shops that I should hit up while I am there? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. wordemupg

    wordemupg Poo-Bah (3,714) Feb 11, 2009 Alberta (Canada)
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    Will you have a car? I work at the Hamptons Co-op but its a pain in the ass to get to from downtown unless your driving. Kingsington Wine Market and Zyn would be my choices if mobility's a problem.
     
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  3. mmcnaughton

    mmcnaughton Disciple (343) Apr 1, 2008 Michigan
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    I will not have a car. The places that you suggested should work. Thanks!
     
  4. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (536) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    Kensington wine market, Willow park wine, Bin 905, Hamptons Co-op are my preference. Zyn is alright, I prefer to support the boutique shops.
     
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  5. boney77

    boney77 Initiate (38) Nov 5, 2008 Ontario (Canada)
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    The Cellar Wine Store on 8th Ave downtown has a small but impressive selection and the rare and ltd beers that get snatched up at other bottle shops seem to linger there a little longer there.
     
  6. hoser

    hoser Disciple (358) Feb 17, 2003 Alberta (Canada)
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    Besides going to visit Chris aka wordemupg the best stores in town are Kensington and Willow. All turn over stock quickly and if you catch the right person will tell you what the what about the beers in our market.
     
  7. markaberrant

    markaberrant Zealot (525) Jan 9, 2006 Saskatchewan (Canada)

    Walked by there many a time, always meant to stick my head in. Thanks for the tip!
     
  8. wordemupg

    wordemupg Poo-Bah (3,714) Feb 11, 2009 Alberta (Canada)
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    The Cellar Wine Store on 8th always has something I thought was long gone or never knew existed, always a surprise in there worth a look downtown for sure.
     
  9. mmcnaughton

    mmcnaughton Disciple (343) Apr 1, 2008 Michigan
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    Thank you all for the info. It is much appreciated.
     
  10. usofar

    usofar Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 California

    Looks like I'll be in Calgary for work next week. Not sure what my schedule will allow but this thread was very useful. Any recommendations on beer/food options while I'm in Calgary?
     
  11. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (536) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    For draft beer and decent food I'd recommend National and Beer Revolution. Craft is OK if you are cool dealing with hoards of bros. Bottle shops listed above are good and some still have a few Cantillon on the shelf. If you'd be interested in an IP trade, drop me a message. Otherwise enjoy the city!
     
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  12. usofar

    usofar Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 California

    I'm not sure what my schedule is going to be like and I'd hate to commit to something that I can't make time for. I'll BM you once I have a better understanding of my schedule there.
     
  13. usofar

    usofar Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2010 California

    Was in your fine city last week but didn't have much time to venture out with weather and work taking it's toll on my time there. I was in SE Calgary and was able to hit up Willow Park since they were open late, and purchase a few bottles. Surprised at the selection of Belgian beers on the shelf. If only I had more room in my luggage!
     
  14. JonnyBeers

    JonnyBeers Disciple (300) Oct 24, 2012 British Columbia (Canada)
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    Just in Calgary for the day. Checked out Kensington, Willow Park, Zyn, and Hampton's Co-Op (yes I drove around a lot) Overall very impressed! I found a unique and interesting selection at all of them. General notes:

    - Kensington is the most expensive, but also the only one I found Pannepot and Pannepot Grande Reserva :D
    - Willow Park was great for Euro Imports, and a large bomber selection in the fridge, decent prices.
    - Zyn, weirdest location for a bottle shop. Huge wall of beer, great variety, a little cheaper than Kensington.
    - Hamptons CoOp had the coldest walk in beer fridge I've been to. Awesome selection, great staff. Lots of Mikkeller single hop series

    Overall great staff at all locations, super friendly, chatty, curious about BC beer etc. In total came back with 23 bottles that I managed to squeeze into a carry-on size suitcase. Loved all the small import bottles carried in Calgary from Mikkeller, Evil Twin, De Struisse, De Molen. And also lots of great Quebec beers we don't see out in BC much if at all. Didn't really find anything in terms of US beers that I couldn't already find in BC, but again lots from Eastern Canada so that was cool. Cantillon is cheaper in Vancouver ;)

    note: a full carry-on of beer weighs about 45 pounds...
     
  15. wordemupg

    wordemupg Poo-Bah (3,714) Feb 11, 2009 Alberta (Canada)
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    Nice to meet you, thanks for taking the time to come all the way up to the Hamptons:)
     
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