I really enjoy strolling down the pedestrians only section of Stephens Avenue and looking at all of the people out there enjoying the scene. My destination for the night was The Libertine Public House who were throwing a craft beer cask ale event that I couldn’t pass up. When The Grizzly Paw Brewing Company is involved I tend to show up!
Stephens Ave is a pleasure to walk down, especially when your destination serves fresh craft beer!
There are views and then there are VIEWS. Standing on the balcony at the Banff Inn and looking at the scenery, I could not be more content. Staring at the Rockies and anticipating my night of eating & drinking freshly brewed Alberta craft beers; I just could’t ask for more.
I found myself constantly looking up while strolling down Banff’s main street.
No plans for Friday yet? Well you’ve got no worries now, because Wildrose Brewery will be launching one of their most popular seasonal Alberta craft beers, the “Cherry Porter”. And to start things off with a bang they’ll be hosting a launch party at the Wild Rose Taproom all day!
Wild Rose will be releasing their seasonal Cherry Porter November 1st.
I find it amazing how the BMO Centre changes its appearance so often. It looks different every time I’m there. Last weekend the hall was decked out for the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival. I could see an abundance of wine, spirits & craft beer stalls scattered cross the area along with some great food to pair with your beverage of choice. Basically, the stage was set for some intense flavour exploration!
Two amazing Alberta Craft Breweries: Hog’s Head & Grizzly Paw pouring next to each other.
The 16th Annual Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival
This Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, the BMO Centre will be hosting the 16th annual Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival. But don’t let the name of this event fool you. There will be more than just wine available for drinking alongside the many delicious creations from local food purveyors.
Attending craft beer festivals pays off! Like I mentioned in my post on the Kananaskis Craft Beer Fest not only do you get to taste premium beers, you get to meet a lot of interesting people. One of the guys that I spoke to at the festival was Kent Paterson, the head brewer at Banff Avenue Brewing Company. Kent told me that he was coming to Calgary on Saturday so we got to hang out for a while to talk about Banff Ave. and the craft beer scene in Alberta.
Nightrider RCDA a joint creation from Banff Avenue Brewing Co. & Terrapin Brewing Co.
While in the car on my way to the Kananaskis Craft Beer Fest my spirits were exceptionally high. How could I not be in a good mood when I know that I am about to sample some great Alberta craft beer while enjoying this incredible scenery? There is something about the Rockies that just makes me happy to be in Alberta. They can keep all of the sandy beaches and tropical weather because my heart belongs in the mountains.
The drive alone is incredible! Kananaskis Country scenery from the car.