Opened by restauranteur Ric Cutillo of Midtown Kitchen and Bar in September 2017, this Tuxedo Park brewery is almost hidden in a valley in north Calgary among nondescript warehouses and auto body shops between Centre Street and Edmonton Trail. In actuality, because it is closer to residential neighbourhoods than almost every other Calgary brewery, and because there is a lack of eating and drinking options nearby, it has shone like a beacon for those searching for good food and beer.
Citizen makes a variety of beer from its 12 hl. system, with four core choices; Batch One Session Ale, Batch Two Northwest Pale Ale, Hijacked IPA, and The Wicklow Stout. In amongst the six taps you may find a guest tap or two, or seasonals made in-house.
Inside its modest 50 seat taproom you will find communal tables, a small bar, table games, and a view into the brewery, with extra space allowing for a side stage and live music, which is often featured. There is also a spacious outdoor patio adjacent to the building.
The brewery is unique as it operates as a quasi-brewpub, without actually having a built-in kitchen. Meals originally came from the Midtown Kitchen food truck which was parked outside, but that was stolen last year. So, while they go through the joys of permitting with the city, they use Uber Eats as a connection to bring in outside restaurant food for consumption on the premises. Being sort of a brewpub partly explains its longer hours and adds to its very family friendly vibe. They even offer brunch on Saturday and Sundays.
Citizen is open Sunday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Tasters, flights, sleeves, growler fills, and package product are all available.
Hidden in a valley in north Calgary between Centre Street and Edmonton Trail, its address is 219 Ave. N.E., T2E 2K5
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