Four More Breweries Open in Calgary and There's a New Spot for Soft Serve
All this and more in our bi-monthly round-up of Calgary restaurant openings, food news and events.
Inside Ol' Beautiful Brewing Co.
Photograph by Alana Willerton
It's no secret that Calgary's brewing scene has been growing like crazy lately, and the last few weeks prove it — at least four new breweries have popped up around Calgary. Here's what you need to know about the latest food-related openings, news and events in Calgary.
Inspired by Calgary's stint as the host of the 1988 Winter Olympics and the general awesomeness of the '80s, Eighty-Eight Brewing Company is a fresh and unique addition to Calgary's brewing scene. Grab a seat in the upper or lower level taproom to try delightfully-named beers like the Hologram white ale, the Tiffany rosé saison or the Duotang dry-hopped sour. If you can, try to stop by on a Friday or Saturday night, as that's when local pizza pop-up Noble Pie will be at the brewery making New York-style pizza each week. Starting at 5 p.m., you can order a slice or a whole pie of cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza or the weekly special while the dough lasts.
1070, 2600 Portland St. S.E., 403-452-5880, eightyeightbrewing.ca
Chef Yann Blanchard is already known for the gorgeous (and incredibly tasty) pastries that he makes at Yann Haute Patisserie, and now he's expanding his sweet empire with a second eatery dedicated to soft serve right next door. At Berlingo, you can get your hands on soft serve in flavours like pineapple lime, raspberry cherry, Madagascar vanilla bean and hazelnut. While you can enjoy the soft serve swirled with two flavours or just one on its own, we'd recommend trying one of the chef-designed creations, which comes topped with made-in-house treats like vanilla bean marshmallows, passion fruit and terragon pate de fruit, cheesecake bits and cigar pastries.
327 23 Ave. S.W., 403-764-1866, berlingocalgary.com
Unwind with one of the 24 draft beers at this new taphouse in Highland Park. Open since mid-July, Brickwell Taphouse offers plenty of pub staples like pizza, wings, tacos, burgers and pasta dishes to keep you full, three pool tables and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
11, 6219 Centre St. N.W., 587-353-9355, facebook.com
photograph courtesy of earls
The tofu tacos and zen bowl.
Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! Two of Calgary's eight Earls locations now offer a plant-based menu. The vegan menu features dishes like a crispy tofu zen bowl, spicy tofu tacos, avocado toast, green dragon rolls and vegan hunan kung pao, with new dishes set to launch come fall. Visit the Earls Bankers Hall or Earls Tin Palace location to try it now.
Earls Bankers Hall, 315 8 Ave. S.W., 403-265-3275 and Earls Tin Palace, 2401 4 St., 403-228-4141, earls.ca
Lately, countless breweries have been popping up in Inglewood, Ramsay and more industrial areas around Calgary. But at long last, the Altadore and Marda Loop community have a brewery to call its own with the opening of the Marda Loop Brewing Co. on August 11. Step inside the early 1900s-inspired space and order a flight to try all five of the brewery's signature beers, which include the Casablanca blonde, the Jenkins grapefruit ale and the Marda Station IPA. Food-wise, the brewery is focusing on made-to-order servings of fries that come with several unique sauce options including spicy Cajun aioli, creamy goat cheese, spicy ketchup, honey dijon mustard and more. If the weather's nice, grab a seat on the pet-friendly patio.
3523 18 St. S.W., mardaloopbrewing.com
For the past year and a half, Ol' Beautiful Brewing Co. has been using the brewing facilities at Cold Garden Beverage Company and Boiling Oar Brewing Company to make its beers, which, until recently, have only been available in local retail stores and restaurants. But as of this past weekend, the local microbrewery has opened its own taproom and brewing facility in the former Smithbilt Hats building (which just happens to be right next door to their friends at Cold Garden) in Ramsay. One of the first projects for new architecture and design studio Fort Architecture, the space was inspired by co-owners Chris Carroll and Devon Sidwell's love of a Japanese aesthetic called wabi-sabi. The large taproom, which has a 150-person capacity, features concrete blocks, rusty steel panels and industrial lights mixed in with light wood counters, leather chairs and plenty of plants. The team also wanted guests to be able to experience and see the brewing process, so the facility is set up so they can peek into the brewery's cold room and see the tanks. Thanks to the work of brewmaster Zoei Thibault, Ol' Beautiful currently offers seven beers on tap (though that could grow to around a dozen), as well as snacks like beef jerky from Empire Provisions and pizza buns from Bite. There's also a 250-seat patio for sunny days.
1103 12 St. S.E., 403-978-4721, olbeautiful.com
This new craft brewery arcade has been a popular hangout since it opened in Inglewood in late July. It's basically a brewery, quick-service eatery and arcade facility all at once. Buy some tokens to play some of the more than 20 pinball machines and arcade games, then nosh on everything from nachos and wings to bratwurst pretzel buns when you need a break.
Read more: Revival Brewcade Opens in Inglewood
1217B 9 Ave. S.E., revivalbrewcade.com
Teatro Group, the local restaurant group behind Calgary eateries like Teatro, Vendome Cafe, Royale and Alforno Bakery & Cafe, has reached a major milestone. The restaurant group has been a staple of Calgary's dining scene for 25 years now, and it has already started the silver anniversary celebrations. It's not too late for Calgarians to get in on the action though — reservations are available for a family-style American-Italian dinner on September 28, an alumni dinner on October 4 and a brunch on November 18. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.