1988 was a seminal year for Calgary. The then small city of about 670,000 had just held the XV Olympic Winter Games in February and this appearance on the global stage propelled Calgary beyond its status as just an oil and gas hub. Fast forward 30 years, and Eighty-Eight Brewing celebrates this period with great beers and a funky taproom.
Opened in August 2018, in the inner city neighbourhood of Ramsey.
With two brewhouses in the premises, Eighty-Eight divides their beers into “Here for a Long Time” (core) and “Here for a Good Time” (seasonals), giving them names referencing the ‘80s. You’ll find Cassette (light beer), Tiffany (rosé saison), Duotang (dry -hopped sour), Cecil (dubbel) and more.
When you first enter the brewery, you are greeted by colourful artwork, neon lights, and mementos from the 1980’s, such as VCRs and cassette tapes. The space downstairs is smaller than the more expansive, brightly lit taproom upstairs. Both rooms have their own bar with a collection of taps representing their wide variety of beers.
While they have light snacks available, the joint really gets hopping on Friday and Saturday nights when the Noble Pie pizza oven fires up at 5:00 p.m. and starts selling it by the slice until they are gone. The ‘80s theme has also begun to spread to the patrons and it is not unusual to see many dressed up as if they were off to see a Mötley Crüe or Poison concert.
They are open Wednesday-Thursday 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 12:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m., and Sunday noon-6:00 p.m. Tasters, flights, pints, growler fills, and package product are all available.
Just southeast of downtown and off Blackfoot Trail, the bright and cheerful brewery features two levels and plenty of reminders of days gone by.
1070-2600 Portland St. S.E., T2G 4M6