Banff’s first brew pub opened this summer in the heart of downtown to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Located on the second floor of Clock Tower Mall, the Banff Ave Brewing Co. may be new to Banff, but owners Dan Rodrigues, Socrates Korogonas and Brett Ireland are well seasoned, having owned and operated a popular microbrewery in Jasper, the Jasper Brewing Co. since 2005. The brewed on-site beers are created using pure local glacial water (with the added chlorine removed – thanks guys, much appreciated!) and the classic ingredients of hops, malted barley and their own cultured yeast! There’s nothing overly done or fancy here just good honest well-crafted beer and a manageable variety of 7 or so styles to work your way through. The Brewers Oar Cream Ale is superb, an accurate take on the classic English bitter, the Head Smashed IPA (India Pale Ale) is also outstanding as is the Reverend Rundle Stout, dark and delicious. The food is fun casual classics like fish and chips (highly recommended), burgers, steak sandwiches, salads, pastas and loads of tasty appetizers. Great for families, large groups or intimate pairs. Choose from high top or low top tables, booth seating, comfy lounge area, or head out onto the second story balcony overlooking Banff Avenue and the mountains beyond.
Check out the beer and food menus on their website: www.banffavebrewingco.ca