Hop In Brew

Built 1911


213 12 Ave SW



Beer, boarding, body work, and medical care - much like the Beltline itself, this house has undergone a myriad of changes since being built; Always adapting to the needs of the community and the city.

In a 1911 a cattleman from Denver drove a herd of cattle to Calgary. He stayed for only a few years in the city, building this house.

By 1919 it had become an annex to the YWCA which was built next door between 1911-1912. Then in 1923 Frank Patton and his family moved in. Patton operated Patton’s Garage out of the rear lot (which was renamed Calgary Auto Body Works in 1940).

By 1942, the house became a nursing and rest home operated by Mr. E.A. Stone. The house retained the auto shop in the back, renamed Roller’s Body Service in 1942. Thus, this location became Calgary’s first – and perhaps the world’s first – auto-body/nursing home.

Sometime after, Marg Moore and her family bought the house. Marg’s daughter, Mary Illingsworth, turned it into a rooming house. It stayed a rooming house until 1994, when Mary, at the age of 70 retired. Upon realizing how cold the house got without a house full of tenants with hotplates and heaters, she sold the house.

In July 1996, the Hop-In-Brew opened in the freshly renovated house. The house has managed however to hold on to much of its heritage. The staircase, floors, windows (and some of the window moldings) are all original. A picture can even be seen in the current pub of the house and its former tenants taken May 25, 1939. It shows the families living there waiting on the balconies; decorated with Union Jack bunting in celebration of the visit of H.M. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the beloved Queen Mother). Their procession went down this street during their famous tour of Canada. The tour helped cement the Royal couple into the hearts of the Commonwealth subjects after the abdication of King Edward, prior to the outbreak of WWII.

The Hop-In-Brew in 1939

 Owned and operated by Dick Hoeppener, a Dutch immigrant and avid brewer, the Hop-In-Brew has become a popular meeting spot for a cross-se ction of Calgarians. From literary and arts groups, to students, musicians, and business folks escaping the downtown core, the Hop-In-Brew has once again managed to reincarnate itself as a well known landmark in the Beltline.


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The Hop-In-Brew today


Hop In Brew Stairs