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Tasting Adventures: Exploring the World of Breweries & Distilleries

Author: Kayley Terlesky


Breweries and distilleries have become more than just places to grab a cold beer or sip on a strong spirit. They are now vibrant hubs of creativity and community, offering unique flavors, immersive experiences, and a glimpse into the artistry behind craft brewing & distilling. In this blog post, we dive into the fascinating world of a few local Canmore breweries and distilleries-- from their history to the diverse range of flavors they offer. Join us on this tantalizing journey as we explore the essence of these operations and the delightful experiences they offer.

BLAKE Brewhouse and Distillery:

Originally built as an automotive garage, BLAKE was transformed into a fine dining restaurant in 2017, with its very own distillery and freshly brewed beers, established in 2019. This uniquely styled hot spot, sits nestled on the corner of William Street & Bow Valley Trail (highway 1A). As you walk in the clear glass doors, you are welcomed to an atmosphere of warm welcomes, catchy tunes, and striking décor. 

Location: 810 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore, AB- T1W 1N6

It is no secret they brew some of the best beers, pilsners, IPAs, and stouts in house all for you to taste: such as, Tailgater Pilsner, “Berate me Later” Blonde, Canmore Coal Nitro Stout, just to name a few. If you aren’t a beer connoisseur, they also distill their very own hard spirits as well: for instance, Double Barrel Negroni, Three Sisters Vodka, & Midway London Dry Gin, plus a few more! Dare to take your taste buds on a wild ride, safely consuming some of the most deliciously, locally handcrafted alcohol this mountain town has to offer? BLAKE is the place for you, your friends, and family (of age of course)! 

For your pleasurable desires, they have their very own tasting room you can book ahead of time, where the staff is dedicated to giving you the ultimate tasting experience! I recommend ordering their tasting flights, where you can choose 5 different, or the same, types of beers or RTDs (Ready to Drink Cocktails) for you to explore! 

Beer Flight- 5x5oz/$16

Mix&Match: Beer with RTDs Flight - 5x5oz/$18

RTD Flight- 5x5oz/$20

Not hooked yet? Well, they also offer Spirit Flights, if you are looking for something stronger, pick your top 5 choices from 7 of their very own distilled spirits, that is wild!

Spirit Flight- 5 x 1/2 oz/$15

When you come to Canmore, pin this destination as a must see! Get a firsthand glimpse of the passion and expertise that permeate every aspect of their operation. Engage with the knowledgeable, and friendly staff, sample their range of libations, and uncover the stories behind each brew and spirit. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a curious novice, a visit to the BLAKE Brewhouse & Distillery promises an unforgettable expedition!

The Grizzly Paw Taproom & Pub

Established in 1996, The Grizzly Paw, is the oldest brewery in the town of Canmore! Since then, they have become a well-known and beloved establishment in the area, offering a wide range of craft beers. They have 2 locations in our cozy mountain town: 

The Grizzly Paw Taproom: 310 Old Canmore Road, Canmore, AB- T1W 0J7

The Grizzly Paw Pub: 622 8th Street, Canmore, AB- T1W 2B5

Craft Beer Excellence:

At the heart of the Grizzly Paw’s appeal lies its commitment to crafting exceptional beers. With a diverse lineup of brews, they cater to all tastes and preferences. From classic ales and lagers, to innovative seasonal creations, their beer selection never fails to impress. Each brew is meticulously crafted with high-quality ingredients, resulting in a range of flavours that tantalize the taste buds. 

Picture this; 

You and a group of friends decide to take a trip to Canmore during the winter months, and you are planning on having a memorable time with great company. Someone suggests walking down mainstreet and the first place that catches any of your senses, is the one to choose. As you are strolling down the busy sidewalks of this fascinating town, taking in the majestic views of the mountains all around you, you begin to smell the warm aroma of a burning cedar, “A freshly lit fire”, you say to yourself. Before you know it, your feet have minds of their own and lead you straight to the well familiar yellow sign with a bear paw greeting you! Inviting you into a warm and cozy atmosphere with rustic décor, comfortable seating, and friendly staff, creating an ambiance that makes you feel right at home. 

The rest of the evening is spent laughing, making new memories, reminiscing about the good ol' days, while engaging in a tasteful extravaganza, one you won’t forget! 

Take-Home Delights

For those who can’t get enough of the Grizzly Paw’s beers, there’s an option to take home their brews in bottles, cans or growlers! This allows you to savour the flavours of Canmore even after your visit. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, bringing home a taste of the Grizzly Paw is a fantastic way to extend the journey and share it with others!

The Grizzly Paw in Canmore is more than just a brewery and restaurant; it’s a destination for beer enthusiasts seeking exceptional craft brews and a welcoming atmosphere. From their outstanding beers, to community involvement, The Grizzly Paw exemplifies the spirit of craft beer culture. So, if you find yourself in Canmore, be sure to visit this beloved establishment and indulge in their fantastic offerings! 

Raise Your Glass to the Culture of Breweries & Distilleries

Breweries & Distilleries have evolved into more than just places to enjoy just one glass; they have become cultural icons, community gathering spots, and gateways to flavourful adventures. Whether you're a beer connoisseur, spirit enthusiast or simply curious about the art of craft brewing & distilling, exploring these incredible establishments provides a rich and immersive experience for all. So, raise your glass and embark on a journey to savour the world of breweries & distilleries, where craftsmanship meets creativity and every sip tells a story. Cheers!

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