Canada > Alberta > Calgary
alagnak (71) Littleton, Colorado | August 13, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Visited on a rainy Sunday evening in August. Admittedly my rating is slightly skewed, since that was the end of íCaskapaloozaí day (20 cask beers from Alberta and BC brewers in addition to the normal lineup). So, trying to bar that aweseomeness from the review:
Itís a little cavernous, but not uncomfortably so. Big windows, tall ceilings, lots of wood. Atmosphere inside ranged from happy and jovial to utterly hammered and jovial (as noted - all day Cask tastings - some folks had been ther the duration :) )
Every bartender was super-knowledgable (and I had very little exposure to Western canadian beers, so it was well-received) and generous (to a fault) with small tastes.
I really enjoyed Craft and will return whenever Iím in the area.
davebamer (18) The Hague, Netherlands | May 27, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Was very impressed with this bar. Only draft beer available with some nice european beers available. Service was excellent and the food was good. Dropped in on a Sunday afternoon and was not disappointed. My partner, who is more a wine drinker than a beer drinker also enjoyed it. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Calgary.
gumbo2go (4) , | May 17, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Huge size and crowds with tons of beer selection. Just a big too mega-barish to me. Iíd recommend this one to anyone wanting a big time in Calgary.
LordGnome (1) Alberta | November 18, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Iím very fond of this bar. I like the dťcor, I like the ambience- loud but not too much, I like the food and I like the beer.
Thereís an excellent selection of beers with usually over 100 on tap at any time and most styles are well-represented. Iíve never had an "off" pint here, so I can only assume theyíre looking after the beer and cleaning their lines properly.
Iíve ordered food a few times and it has consistently been delicious and reasonable portions.
Itís a large basic beer hall, so the atmosphere isnít exactly what you might call intimate or sophisticated, but that suits me just fine.
One minor problem is that it tends to get very busy. There are usually plenty of staff working the floor but itís possible to get overlooked by your server when itís particularly packed. Most of the staff seem knowledgeable and friendly and will often stop and have a chat at your table.
I think if you want to see it at its best. then avoid Friday and Saturday nights as those appear to be the busiest nights, with a long queue outside the front door.
Price is an issue. It could be because itís a city-centre bar or because their popularity allows them to get away with charging higher prices, but Iíve often found that their beers are $1-2 more per pint for the same brew than in other establishments- $9 for Shocktop is a bit excessive- although they donít have the same amount of choice. Perhaps the opening of National next door might force them to be a bit more competitive with their prices.
mnurda (66) Winnipeg, Manitoba | August 20, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Has a bit of a yard house feeling. Food is good. Servers are knowledgeable. A must see n cary
Sammy (550) Toronto, Ontario | June 5, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
A bit of a "Calgary hipster" bar, very loud but with several decent selections, including De Ranke Saison with Michael and his wife, the agent. After a few of these beerhalls, my ears were ringing. I guess you come earlier in the day to escape that.
BeerandBlues2 (640) Hanover, Maryland | May 11, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
A nice, open bar in downtown Calgary with a varied tap selection and some pretty good appetizers (poutine). The service was prompt and attentive without being aggressive. A second National Beer Hall location has opened next door.
dfinney23 (33) Houston, Texas | March 3, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
Shiny and cavernous with a nice beer setup. Lots new to me since Iím not from around here. There on a Wednesday so didnít get the nightclub atmosphere, more like massive sports bar, which may not be much better. Friendly server. Burger was surprisingly bland considering it had poblano peppers on it but the mac and cheese rocked.
patrickharmer (1) Alberta | December 4, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
So I have been to beer bars all over the world. I am from Calgary, so this is my first review. Craft is for atmosphere, and look and feel of the room one of the top 3 I have ever been in. Selection is okay, but really good for the Calgary Market. For a place this size to have 10 rotating taps, and a cask program is very impressive. From Hop-works, and Rogue to Coney Island, and Brooklyn. They have a selection that is just not found in Calgary. Food is excellent. As for the beer lovers it is not a small beer bar that we are used to, but I think its great ! If you donít like the crowds make it a Saturday day visit.
Scopey (391) Croydon, England | September 18, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
I visited twice during my last visit to Calgary, both at lunch time. Wow this place gets busy quick even though itís massive. First noticeable is the signage for this place, which is uncannily similar to Craft Beer Co in London (the latter open first)! Pretty decent place all round if a touch commercialÖ. They have a crazy 100+ beers on tap including 1 cask, which they tap on Tuesdays. They have a wide selection which covers both more commercial beers and more interesting Canadian/international ones. Particular highlights include the St Ambroise and Deschutes beers. Food was rather tasty also. A lot better than I was expecting.
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