A day off! Woo hoo ! Canada Day – July 1st – a beautiful day, so we headed out to Canmore to take Sadie for a walk along the river and of course hit The Grizzly Paw for some pub fare and microbrewery beer!
Lots of people in Canmore that day – they had a Canada Day Parade throughout the downtown & lots of activities. We strolled along the river with Sadie – the river is very high and really moving quickly. Some pathways are closed due to the high river. No swimming for Sadie that day!
Afterwards, we found a shady spot to park in, left the windows down and lots of water for Sadie and we headed for The Paw. We sat on the patio ( of course ! ) & ordered our meals and o ya – BEER ! I ordered a pint of Rutting Elk Red & Paul ordered the Grumpy Bear Honey Wheat. After our encounter with the grizzly bear in Paul’s backyard, a Grumpy Bear seemed appropriate! ( glad OUR bear WASN’T grumpy ! ) This beer has a floral nose and a well rounded body, slightly sweet palate and smooth finish. I really enjoyed my Elk Red as well – a medium bodied beer with slight caramel and roast flavours – it is a traditional Scottish style amber ale.
A middle-aged couple came out onto the patio and sat at a table next to us. To our horror, they both ordered bottles of Kokanee !! What’s with that? Ordering Kokanee at a microbrewery? And a GOOD microbrewery to boot ! You can only feel sorry for them ! ;o)
Neither of us felt ready to leave, so I ordered a glass of Beaver Tail Raspberry Ale and Paul decided on a refreshing glass of Powder Hound Pilsner. Their Raspberry Ale was very good -right up there with Wild Rose Breweries – an unfiltered wheat ale with raspberries & while Paul enjoyed his Pilsner, he said it could have been a touch “hoppier”.
We couldn’t head home without first stopping @ The Paw’s store and picked up a Variety 12 pack to take home. After all, summer’s here, right ?!?