I liked the fact it was in an old house with some character which is a change from the big slick megabars in Calgary. The selection is okay. The clientele is very young and there were some drunk frat boys yelling at passersby from the balcony. However overall it was a chill atmosphere. It shouldn’t be called a "brewpub" because they don’t brew their own beer although they have one house beer made for them by Wild Rose. Overall not bad.
Good unpretentious old house bar, a big contrast to the likes of the newer flash trendy pickup beer joints in town. You are shit out of luck if you want to drink any commercial swill. About 12 taps of mainly Canadian and a few US craft brews. Nice relax joint with no suities.
Ferris (1685) Burnaby, British Columbia | December 8, 2012| Updated April 30, 2013
This takes me back to my university days and I used to love it. I have never had the food so cant comment, but the environment is a love or hate relationship. The service is non existent and you just order from the bar. Selection used to be pretty good, but last time I was there I was hard pressed to find anything I wanted let alone anything interesting. If they can bring up their game with a good selection of beer, I will happily change my rating. Update- Beer seleCtion has improved.
Converted old wooden house, located on 12th Avenue. Ambience/atmosphere is pretty cool and laid back. Beer selection is ok... about 10 taps of mostly Canadian craft beers – Alley Kat, Yukon and such like. Service was friendly and quick. A good evening venue for sure, but a bit slow during the day. A decent beer stop when in Calgary.
goatboy (42) Vancouver, British Columbia | July 12, 2011| Updated November 10, 2011
A great place to go for good pub style food and a unique selection of beer, some seasonals and there is always something interesting on tap, located in an old house, the service is great & the atmosphere is very welcoming, I stop by when ever I get a chance.
Easily the best place in Calgary, I go here whenever I get the chance. Converted old house, lots of beer bottles on display, pool table upstairs, music either absent or unobtrusive, laid back, slightly hipster ambience (but I’m pushing 40 and I’ve always felt comfortable). Friendly staff. 15 taps total, excellent selection of local microbrews including some hard to find ones, rotating selection of British and Belgian imports, and the terrific Goldspur (Belgian-style golden ale, the owner’s recipe, brewed for them by Alley Kat). Food is limited to pizzas, nachos, and quesadillas, but it’s good stuff, fairly priced. Not a place for a quick bite; the oven is the house’s domestic oven, not a commercial oven, so they can only cook 3 pizzas at once. When it’s busy, count on waiting 45 min. for your food.
hamfisted (29) Calgary, Alberta | August 15, 2010| Updated January 7, 2011
Great selection of beers, low key room. A bit granola/student-y (as a nearly 40-year old, I felt a bit out of place). But certainly worth the visit.
Just a note of caution: they have an in-house triple, which is served in a pint glass (!) and is perhaps the sweetest beer I’ve ever tasted. I ordered one by accident once, and didn’t finish. My mates ordered one for me as a joke another time, and again I couldn’t finish it.
Amazing place. An old detached house in the middle of the city. Cozy place with some history on the walls. Thursday afternoon 5 pm, we were the first customers. Some tastings. Great place. Best I found in Calgary.