|1100 11 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 4T3
Rate Cold Garden Beverage Company
Overall how do you find their brewery?
- Monday closed
- Tuesday 11 AM – midnight
- Wednesday 11 AM – midnight
- Thursday 11 AM – midnight
- Friday 11 AM – 1 AM
- Saturday 11 AM – 1 AM
- Sunday 11 AM – midnight
About The Brewery
As soon as you walk up to Cold Garden you’ll understand what sets this place apart from other breweries in Calgary. The atmosphere inside Cold Garden is unlike anywhere else in Calgary. You can bring kids and dogs, too (dogs need to stay off of the furniture). Cold Garden’s capacity is around 150 people. Their brewery is decorated with all sorts of things, including a giant disco ball pineapple. They also have a space set aside on one of their walls to sell paintings and artwork from local artists. The bathrooms are full of stickers and sharpie wisdom. As for seating, they have several couches and coffee tables, plus a few large long wooden tables like you’d see in a German beer hall. There’s a big stack of board games to play.
- Cold Garden is right next door to Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co.
The staff are great, service is fast, but it can get a little cramped at the service counter when it gets busy. It can get so busy that there may be a line outside of people waiting to get in. It’s a popular place. The wait isn’t too bad either. If there is a line and you’re just coming for a growler fill, they’ll probably let you in right away to do that.
Their taps are the best looking taps in the world. Any place they can put kitsch, they will.
If you order a growler of beer when you get there they can toss it in the fridge with your name on it so you can pick it up on your way out.
All sorta of board games are ready and available for anyone to play for free. Of course you’re welcome to bring your own as well.
Their beer stills have googley eyes by the way.
The seating in Cold Garden is top of the line second hand couches and chairs. I’ve even seen them use SUV seats. Whatever they are, it’s comfy and pairs well with beer drinking in a group setting.
Their menu is a giant chalkboard, with the 8 core beers at the top. When you order a flight of beer (only $6), tell them which numbers you’d like to speed up the process.
I usually go for 3x core beers and 1x of whatever they have in rotating brews/casks.
Doggos! Pupppers! Good boys and girls! You can bring them all right inside with you. If you have a jerk dog or a dog that can’t handle being around other dogs, maybe don’t bring them. It can be somewhat close quarters if it’s busy. Can also get pretty loud in there if your puppy is not a fan of loud noises. Note: by law the dogs are not allowed on the furniture.
Cold Garden is the only place in Calgary that I know of that has a giant pineapple disco ball, AND a giant gnome disco ball hanging from the same ceiling.
Even though Cold Garden doesn’t serve food, you can still buy snacks! They have a big dispenser machine that has 3 or 4 various snacks inside. Ripple chips, Cap’n crunch, wasabi peas are my favourites. They cost whatever you’d like to donate to get them. Money that is donated from the snack sales is given to charity.
Inside both the men’s and women’s washrooms on the walls is a ton of hand written graffiti, and lots of stickers. They make sure to cover up any doxxing, racist stuff and/or shit talking.
It’s really entertaining and changes often.
As you walk in the doors, the above seating will be on your left. Plus some really amazing blankets that exist to hide storage. Or just engage all of the pleasure centers of your brain.
Bells & Whistles
- Do they serve food? – Cold Garden has snacks by donation. Popcorn, Cap’n Crunch, Wasabi Peas (my fav)
- Is there a patio? – Yes. Only available in the summer.
- Can I bring my dog? – Yes. Dogs are allowed inside Cold Garden, and outside on the patio. Note: dogs are not allowed, by law, to sit on the furniture.
- Kids allowed? – Yes! With a parent or guardian.
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