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“Great stop for beer lovers!”

Wild Rose Brewery Taproom
Ranked #114 of 3,682 Restaurants in Calgary
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Only true entrepreneurs would look at a WWII Air Force hangar and see a brewery. In 2006, our enthusiastic tribe donated supplies, picked up their tools and paintbrushes, and converted a 1936 Quonset hut at Currie Barracks into a microbrewery. Our Taproom, AF23, was born. From our beer to our menu, we choose ingredients that represent the spirit of Alberta.Fresh, local, sustainable. This philosophy is the heart of our menu and is evident in every morsel prepared by Chef Robbie Bellavance and his team. Our menu items are handcrafted fresh each day at the Taproom. And there's no better place to get a fresh brew.
Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

We visited Wild Rose as our first stop on our trip to Canada. We were starving so we went straight from the airport. I am glad we did because their pizzas were unique and Delicious! We enjoyed the Diablo and the Salmon pizza which were both great! The beer was really good, too! We each enjoyed a 20oz and 14 oz which were fairly priced! The service was friendly and very helpful when we told them my husband had a peanut allergy. Highly recommend this spot for anyone visiting Calgary!

Thank Kellyperrotte88
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

Stopped by for a casual dinner, Carly was our server and was great, very friendly and welcoming. Great Hummus and Naan bread appetizers, the fish taco's and el diablo flat bread were awsome. The craft beers are great! a++

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Thank John M
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've been to the Wild Rose a couple of times with friends. Great food, really interesting dishes and combinations of food, everything I have tried has been really good. I am not a beer drinker so I can't comment much on that, but they have lots on the menu for everyone to enjoy.
It is located on an old military property, it is tricky to find the first time you go, but worth the search. I will definitely be back.

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Thank SuperSandra77
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

I've been coming to Wild Rose ("WR") for a very long time, pretty much from the start. The Wild Rose beers are terrific so that was the original motivation. I'm probably what is known as a regular and know a lot of the other people who could be considered as such. This has been the kind of place where there was a sense of camaraderie and courtesy and quite a few laughs. I was a successful owner of a restaurant and bar for many years and liked what I saw in the Wild Rose Brewery Taproom. Well, sad to say but times have changed.

WR started off as a pretty funky little place with very interesting and experienced staff that took the time to get to know each customer and would share something of themselves in the process. They contributed to the decor of the place and were proud to serve the fine beer that this place makes. The staff also picked out the really good music that would play on fine summer days over the most unique patio on the city. The food was innovative in a healthy approach that avoided the curse of the deep fryer while giving take-offs of standard pub food. One could choose a Roughneck's Lunch (based on a ploughman's lunch) or a great meat chill, great sausage and sauerkraut plates or interesting specials. The food was hearty, healthy and reasonably priced. At times during the year WR also put on special events to thank the regulars and the staff on anniversaries or would hold very lively (but corny) Oktoberfest parties. It was a great place to be.

In recent months there has been a change in management. Along with that change all of the key serving staff left. The tone of the place has changed so that it is no longer genuinely friendly or even professional in some cases (see below for more details). I recently saw one manager haul a laptop out of the office, which is just off the customer area, and spread working material over a table and work right in the taproom while watching customers. That doesn't inspire a customer to want to relax and have a pint.

The menu, relying primarily on sandwiches and flatbreads, is unimaginative and often poor. Dishes that were favourites have vanished from the menu. Here are a few examples of problems. If you order the crab cakes they are small and there is more bread than crab. A tuna clubhouse sandwich has a questionable amount of tuna that has been very poorly handled to such an extent that one feels sorry for the tuna that gave up its life for such a waste. The nachos, which used to be a stellar thing to share with friends, are now so dismal (with ordinary bagged chips, melted processed cheese, a container of ordinary sour cream and a container of bottled salsa [how hard is it to make fresh salsa?]and not much else) that a 12-year-old could do far better at home with a microwave. A bison brisket sandwich was ordered recently with thoughts that this fine meat would make a great smokehouse-style sandwich. When it came to the table and was picked up there was so much flavourless brown liquid (supposedly a barbecue sauce?) that it poured like water out onto the plate making a mess. The meat was mushy and tasteless rather than tender and giving some idea of a brisket that might have been barbecued. The green salad that came with the brisket sandwich was simply bagged lettuce, two grape tomatoes and a tiny container of generic salad dressing. On top of these problems, the prices for the food have risen dramatically to match amounts charged in top-notch downtown restaurants. There isn't any justification for the hike.

On two recent weekends when ordering lunches some of the items in the group order were left sitting at the kitchen window, growing cold, while other orders were brought to the table. We watched as wait staff came and went by the expediting window without attending to the cooling food. The manager of the taproom even stood there and peered again and again at one order (the nachos described above) until he finally clued in that it had to go to a table. During the last weekend at WR, which has lovely weather that fills up the patio, it was clear that there were not enough wait staff to handle the volume of customers. Things were so bad that one of our companions had to depart and leave us to pay his portion of the bill because we could not get attention. After almost 20 minutes we got the bill and the staff member left us to pay on our own with a debit machine. No one came back to get the machine even though we waited again. Giving up we just walked in and dropped the machine on the bar and left without any staff member even paying attention.

Wild Rose beers are terrific. No doubt about it. The quonset building and the outside patio make the Taproom a unique environment. This place was great once upon a time. It can be again. Unfortunately I've seen many of the regulars vote with their feet and go elsewhere as changes have taken place. I sincerely hope that things can be done to remedy the problems but until they are, I'll be drinking Wild Rose beers at better dining establishments than this.

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4  Thank AngusMulvaney
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

Great beer and the food is excellent. Weird location, but that means that you can usually get a table.

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Thank Alastair_P423
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