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$$ - reasonable
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10801 Bonaventure Dr SE
, T2J 6Z8
phone: (403) 296-1640
(Place added by: IronDjinn)
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| Reviews: 20
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Easily one of the best selections in Calgary. Their South Centre location is by far the best, but all the other locations will order anything that is stocked at the South Centre location. I can easily spend an hour browsing their beer selection. There's no deals to be had, but the prices are definitely not unreasonable. Great selection of both domestic and global brews, with a nice balance of American and European beers. Anytime there's a special/seasonal release, this is the first place I check. The staff is highly knowledgable, and they host a lot of events be it wine/beer/spirits tastings and dinners. Check out their monthly calendar for events. Highly recommended!
03-13-2010 06:30:56 |
More by andrenaline
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Well, it's pretty clear it is the best beer store in Calgary. You can find really rear stuff there, they carry lot's of american and belgium brews. They always have something new, staff is really helpful there, they always tell you what's new and what's worth a try. I believe this is only place in Calgary where you can get organic beer. Selection is very good, when I'm there I never can pick one kind, I always spend lots of money, because you wanna try everything. I'm glad we have this store in Calgary. I try to stop by once in every couple weeks.
10-12-2008 04:45:33 |
More by Voonder
United Kingdom (England)
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Went in on BA recommendation.
First impression: Huge place, where is the beer?
After trucking to the back I found the promised selection of beer. I was not impressed at first, but the upon closer inspection there is a lot of beer to choose from here. Lots more than it initially seems. The selection was quite good, unfortunately they did not have particularly what i was looking for (but i dont necessarily blame the store, 99% of places in Alberta do not either).
Picked up some tasty hefe's for the night, my friend got mead for a change. Good experience. I stopped by the next night for a 'london porter', which of course they had.
Last Impression: All in all I will be going here often when in Calgary. Good accessibility and good selection. Decent prices. No comment on service. It was not bad nor good.
02-10-2010 23:00:54 |
More by ascrivens
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Although others have narrowed the gap, this is still the best place in Calgary to get beer.
Willow Park's selection is the best in the city: an impressive mix of quality Canadian craft beer, the widest variety of U.S. micros I've seen in Calgary, and a vast assortment of European offerings.
For BAs who want to experiment, choices abound: plenty of singles and bombers that make trying something new less of a hit to your wallet if you don't like what you bought.
The prices are probably the best for craft beers and imports in Calgary. For some of the more expensive U.S. brands, it's the difference between paying $16 for a six-pack at Willow Park vs. $19 somewhere else.
I agree with the earlier assessments that you can't expect much help if you're not a well-heeled oenophile or single-malt fanatic. Still, somebody at Willow Park obviously knows a lot about beer to amass the selection this place has.
01-02-2007 03:23:58 |
More by vanrassel
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
There's definitely a beer geek running the beer section here, and I'm glad they've got him.
They've already got probably the best selection of wine in the city, and I rarely visit them without picking up a bottle of vino and around $50 of tasty imported microbrews. Without them and Kensington Wine Mart, I'd never have found half of what I've sampled. Dogfish head IPA (60, 90, and 120 minute) springs to mind. Then there's the Christmas special packs of Belgians, with glassware.
Best all-round beer choices, best Belgian beer choices. Bar none.
01-24-2010 03:15:56 |
More by MAB
quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
I made my second pilgrimage to the Willow this past weekend, and it was truly memorable.
There is a ton of great beer to be found here, and all of it easy to find. HOWEVER, it really bugs me that the best beer (all of the high end Belgian, German and US craft) is sitting on shelving under lights, while the rest of the beer is kept in coolers. You can tell that some of this beer isn't exactly flying off the shelf (check the bottled date, best by date, or even the layer of dust on some bottles), so it should be properly stored. Sherbrooke definitely has the upper hand on the Willow in this department with their dimly lit, walk-in cooler.
I had barley started my shopping when Dave (beer manager) spotted me loading up a cart with premium beers. He chatted non-stop in a friendly and casual manner while I continued on. He would occassionally drift off, but always returned to check on my progress. He even brought out fresh stock of the He'Brew Lenny RIPA and Tree Rebel lager for me. When I finally got to the check out, he again showed up to assist the cashier with boxing up my purchases, ensuring my items were all rang through properly, and giving me every beer-related promo item he could find. OUTSTANDING.
Selection was great, they even had a few items that I couldn't find at the Sherbrooke in February (Orval and Celebrator doppelbock). They only out of stock item that I wanted was Delirium Tremens.
I found the prices to be very reasonable, less than $12 for 6-packs of Canadian craft, and the bombers of Unibroue were all around $5.
Aside from storage of some of the beers, this place is amazing. While it is clear that the store is primarily focussed on wine, they still do an amazing job on the beer.
04-09-2007 22:02:04 |
More by markaberrant
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A top notch outlet in Calgary for all things alcohol. They have a great beer mix from the most expensive imports to cases of chuggables. The service all around is great, in particular Dave the beer manager is a very likable and knowledgeable guy that loves to shoot the shit about all things beer, and will give you an educated and detailed opinion on anything and everything they offer. Beer selection is only surpassed in Calgary by Zyn, but their prices are definitely lower. Their cold bomber selection is a treat, with a focus on Canadian brews. This place is out of my way but I will sacrifice dealing with bad Calgary traffic to make my way there regularly. And on top of that, they have a regularly full calendar of tasting events.
12-20-2010 03:10:23 |
More by joemcgrath27
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
One of the best places in the city to pick up a great variety of beer as well as wine and other bevies. Dave the beer guy is a great asset and is always happy to help you out or give a suggestion or two. They have everything from your standard fair to more unique varieties, and everything from cans to growlers can be found. Really only down side is parking on Fridays through the weekend.
They have a number of unique events held either upstairs in the tasting area or downstairs in the event centre, including last years surprise Dieu de Ciel tasting evening. Also next door is Springbank Cheese company, where you can pair your new brews with some fantastic cheeses from around the world.
03-10-2011 03:33:44 |
More by Duckmancgy
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Willow Park has been my store of choice for years now, and it has improved noticeably in the beer department lately. The last couple of times I've been in, I've spotted lots of new products, and received great advice from their beer guy, Dave, who seems to live in the cavernous cooler.
Here are some things which set Willow Park apart from other stores... They've got almost the entire Unibroue line, and not just in the big 1l bottles - they also have 4-packs of 330ml bottles, which I haven't seen anywhere else in town. They carry lots of other great Canadian beers (St Ambroise stout is finally among them), and their Belgian section is the best I've seen this side of Bruges (I was there last month). They even have a bunch of different Belgian gift packs, complete with glassware.
07-03-2005 04:37:42 |
More by DeclansDad
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
I actually work at Willow Park and although it's good, Royal Liquor on 17th S.W in Calgary carries a comparable selection. They seem to have a knack for carrying what Willow Park doesn't. They also don't have a few Willow does, but they have quite a few Willow doesn't. Especially in the Unibroue catagory. The had "Terrible" over a month and a half before willow, and have been much more reliable when it comes to keeping enough stock to last longer then 12 hours. Willow, is still probobly bigger, but Royal makes a point of offering pretty much all of the alternatives. Between the 2 of them you'll find pretty much all Alberta has the capability to offer.
02-09-2004 03:21:25 |
More by LaSalle
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