Eighty-Eight Brewing Company is named in honour of Calgary’s Winter Olympics (yes, in 1988). It boast an impressive list of about 15 core and seasonal beers.
The clincher is Noble Pie, which makes 18-inch pizzas—featuring aged and fresh cheeses—hand crafted by Mike Lange and fired in a little upstairs oven. They’re only available Thursday to Sunday or until the dough runs out, a great incentive for showing up early.
Location In a little industrial strip mall off Blackfoot Trail near Crossroads Market
Ambience Neon cool, on two levels
Food Hand-crafted, in-house pizzas from Noble Pie
Favourite beer Double Dare Imperial IPA (7.7%, 88 IBU; 500-ml bottles only). Knocks you down and attacks your tastebuds. Three words: “Big, Dank, Pine.” Enough said.
Beer availability Widely available in 500-ml bottles in liquor stores, restaurants and bars
Eighty-Eight Brewing Company
1070, 2600 Portland Street SE, Calgary
Tuesday-Wednesday 4 pm-9 pm, Thursday 4 pm-10 pm, Friday-Saturday noon to midnight, Sunday noon-7 pm. Closed Monday