The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company initially caught our attention because of the bear theme. Then we saw it listed on tap at many of the bars in Banff so when we toured the mountain town of Canmore, we decided to drop by their brew site. Canmore was the first town we visited in Alberta after leaving the two national parks. The first thing we noticed were all the rules. Literally a proliferation of signs everywhere warning about wildlife, dangerous plant species, that speed limits are enforced by traffic cameras (and planes), and that dogs must be on a leash at all times. Geez, so much for the wild west – its more like western Law and Order.
Anyway… Canmore is a pleasant ski town to stroll around and we found a decent Farmer’s Market. Then it was off to the brewery, which wouldn’t have been easy to find except that a local told us to turn left across from the A&W and follow to the end of the road. She was right, because for once, there were no signs.
Grizzly Paw is a palatial alpine-style brewery which was very impressive set against a mountain backdrop. The original brewpub first opened it’s doors in 1996 so its more of a mature operation, but this particular brewery was built in 2011. After checking that the Bear was allowed inside (she was) we asked if they served flights. The barmaid said: ’Sure, you can buy a flight for $8 or you can taste the four beers on tap for free.’ What a decision! They also had orange cream soda on tap, which made Mama Bear’s eyes light up. The four varieties were: Rutting Elk Red, Grumpy Bear Honey Wheat, Powder Hound Pilsner and their seasonal, Hazy Hefeweizen. All of them, including the orange cream soda, were excellent.
We picked up a few bottles of beer and soda including some ginger beer for Moscow Mules, if summer ever returns… After arriving at a campsite at Ghost Lake, just west of Cochrane, we enjoyed BBQ pizza paired with a couple Grizzly Paws. Was terrific.
Then, shortly after dinner, the black clouds returned and we experienced one of the wildest thunderstorms and severe rain through most of the night. Fortunately, still no leaks and all the comforts of home. Cheers.