Beer tastes better when freshly brewed, just as cars perform better when their gasoline is freshly squeezed from a fossil. Tipple a tenderly crafted brew with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a burger or sandwich meal for two at Banff Ave. Brewing Co. (up to a $57.93 total value). The meal includes:
- One appetizer off of the menu, excluding the Sucker Punch nachos (up to a $12.99 value)
- Your choice of two burgers or two sandwiches (a $31.98 total value)
- One beer sampler to share (a $12.99 value)
As Banff's only microbrewery, Banff Ave. Brewing Company takes a traditional English bent on beer, with a menu to complement multifarious hops. Master brewers fashion up to seven brews from premium international hops, malts, and yeast. The recipes call for glacial mountain water from the Canadian Rockies, which is a reflection of the brewery’s environmental campaign and love for saying "glacial". Providing a foundation for the liquid sampler, appetizers tickle appetites into submission with indulgences such as the BLT bruschetta with feta, the Maine lobster roll, and the mountain of jalapeno-festooned nachos with house-made salsa. Burgers and sandwiches span a wide spectrum, with shaved turkey and smoked bacon finding a home on a piece of naan in the Turkey Club ($13.99) and the VW Van ($13.99) hosting a plethora of veggies on a sesame seed bun.
The restaurant’s patio, praised by Crag and Canyon readers, permits combination sipping and surveillance endeavours. Indoors, seven high-definition televisions, a pool and foosball table, and a children’s menu keep diners of every height distracted from any impending Bow River rainbow-trout rebellions.
Banff Ave Brewing Company
Banff Ave Brewing Company's English-style brew pub entertains visitors with a menu of gourmet pub fare, up to seven of their own draft beers, and seven HD televisions alongside pool and foosball. Brewmasters craft their foamy libations from global malts and hops blended with their own cultured yeast strains and glacial water found in Canadian Rockies streams by water-sniffing dogs. Cream ales, stouts, and pilsners flow from towering steel vats sitting in full view of clientele, down brass pipes, and to taps descending from the ceiling. Brews pair with colourful platters bearing beer-infused meats as well as vegetarian and gluten-free fare and offerings from a children's menu. A teak bar, low- and high-top tables, and lounge chairs hold indoor revellers, and an outdoor patio with panoramic views of the Rockies lets diners feel breezes and partake in casual snowman watching. In a commitment to eco-friendly practices, the brewers recapture water used in brewing for subsequent rounds, recycle and compost spent barley and hops, and ensconce leftovers in biodegradable containers.
110 Banff Ave.
Banff, Alberta T1L 1G2