Special thanks go to Screw2000 for writing this Calgary report.
By popular demand, here is a short addendum to last year's Calgary report.
1. Brewster's Brewing Co. (11th Avenue SW near 8th Street)
Decor: Neighbourhood pub meets ski lodge. Huge inside. "Home Theatre" room with 4 TVs and a big screen (for watching Monday Night Football and playing QB1).
Tap selection hasn't changed since last year. They have a sampler (five 6 oz. glasses) for 6 bucks.
Brewpubs in Calgary seem to be thriving.
On this trip, the author tried:
Alberta being the land of lax regulations, drink specials abound. Examples: 3.50 a pint Mondays, 12 bucks a pitcher on Thursdays. The very idea of a 60 oz. pitcher of barleywine scares me.
Food: decent, a notch above typical pub grub. Go for the 3.99 short ribs on Mondays. Pizzas are excellent.
2. Bottlescrew Bill's (10th Avenue SW near 1st Street)
Decor: More traditional cozy pub.
Beer selection: Dozens of generic import bottled beers (i.e. stuff you'd find at the LCBO), probably 80-100 different products from 10-15 counries. A dozen or so local micros (Big Rock, Brew Brothers, Alley Kat).
Also has a decent selection of single malt scotches (40-50), bourbons, vodkas, and tequilas.
Food: typical pub grub.
3. Earl's (several locations)
Decor: Changed from mahogany-panelled 1920s saloon to mahogany-panelled 1960s modern.
Beer: Still have the Albino Rhino pale ale on tap. Still an excellent easy-drinking hoppy pale ale.
Food: two notches above your typical chain restaurant, about on par with Gordon Biersch.
4. Liquor store trip
Four areas: general products, cold beer room, vintage wine room, "stupid money" wine room
Inside the cold beer room: