When it opened: 2020
The vibe: The Bitter Sisters taproom is a spacious, modern-industrial spot with two huge garage doors that open to a massive dog-friendly patio out front. It’s a place for families and groups of pals alike.
Must-try beers: The rotating taps and regularly changing line-up make it difficult to put a finger on just one beer, but the rotating sour tap is unreal on these hot summer days and the Pilsner has been selling well.
Food: The food menu is impressive and has tons of variety. From Vietnamese club sandwiches and ginger sesame tuna tartar to Nashville fried chicken and fried burrata, there is something for every palate.
Best time to visit: Early weekday evenings for a great dinner and a flight of beers is definitely ideal. If you have time on the weekend to hit up the patio with your dog and hang out in the sun, that sounds like a pretty good Saturday. You may also want to visit during happy hour, which runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, starting at 10 p.m. on Saturdays and starting at 7 p.m. on Sundays.
Despite having to temporarily close due to the pandemic just weeks after it first opened in February, Bitter Sisters Brewing Co. has bounced backed with a cool patio, new beers and impressive food. Calgary’s newest brewery has a lot of great things going for it, including the fact that it’s conveniently located near the Heritage LRT station, making it easy to commute safely to and from the brewery on an evening out.
Executive chef Miles Assoun, a graduate of the culinary program at SAIT, is doing some cool things in the kitchen here. His menu and weekly specials go far beyond what many breweries offer, making this a great spot to check out when you want to enjoy a hearty meal with your local brews. Bitter Sisters is a great place to take a load off for a few hours, and while its first few months in business have faced some unexpected, pandemic-related challenges, the tagline displayed throughout the brewery’s taproom and on shirts says it all: “Life happens, beer helps.”
510 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-287-8811, bittersisters.co