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I think it would be helpful to start a thread on the best places to buy beer in Calgary.
If you are like me and like to drink something other than Molson Canadian or Labatt's Light, finding good craft-brews and imports can be difficult in Calgary. So, what are your top three liquor stores for finding good beers?
Here are mine (in no particular order):
They have some interesting stuff here too:
The Cellar (it's downtown)
I like Richmond Rd Coop and Higlhander Liquor store (29th st and Richmond rd) too. I wish I could get to willow park and kensignton more, but just too far during the day. If i want anything form paddock wood or belgians, I'll go to willow park and for lagunitas to kensington
i wish we could get more pac nw micro brews here ( ie. full sail, deschutes, hales etc.)
I love Willow Park even if it is quite a distance to travel, Brian and I visited Dave on Wednsday and was able to secure a discount with him on beer purchases for card holding club members(available at next meeting). So from now on if you present your CTYW membership card they will discount your beer purchase( 6% above there wholsale cost or approx. 15% off) We also talked to to Mike at Kensington Market and should be getting a discount there also, to be announced later. Mike said they are expecting a new shipment soon which they will have the only one's in the city( think Belgium) These are my 2 favorite stores in the city, but I also happenend into th CO-OP Liquor down town on the weekend, located on11th SW and was quite impressed at there selection. Cheers! Dave
Wow -- that's great! That Willow Park discount should pay for my annual membership alone!
Let me know if I should be adding them as a sponsor on our website.
Do any of these places sell beer in individual bottles ?
There is a great beer store in Lethbridge that does. Even the Lethbridge Superstore sells some beer in individual bottles.
Yes, you can by some singles at all stores, especially imports and American craft-brews. The singles tend to be the more expensive beers, though. The more common ones often only come in 6 packs.
I must say i was very impressed with Willow Park when I visted . I understand that they had a huge range of Scotch which attracted our Calgary friends. Good range of UK and Belgians, was hoping for a bigger range of distincitve local and US microbrews ( would kill for some Dogfish Head - non-existent here). Tree Brewing's Hop Head Ale remains in my memory. Just too early for the Edmonton Barley Wine. Oh yes- price was excellent
My buddy lives in Evanston (North Central) and says the Co-op liquor store there has lots of unusual beers that can't be found elsewhere.
Crowfoot liquor store (formerly ALCB) is large, but I haven't been there in a while.
To update this thread, I had to hunt around all over town to buy very specific beers that were listed in the BJCP Style Guidelines when we ran the beer judging course. I quickly learned who had the best selection in town. Far and away, the best two stores in Calgary were:
Kensington Wine Market easily wins honourable mention -- they are a great store as well.