Breweries craft annual beer for Walk a Mile


CANMORE – Bow Valley brewers are once again offering an incentive to Walk a Mile in Her Shoes this year.

On Sept. 14, at the conclusion of the 10th annual YWCA fundraiser to stop gender violence, Canmore Brewing Company, Grizzly Paw Brewing Company and Banff Avenue Brewing are inviting participants in the walk – and the general public – to any of the three pubs to raise a glass of Walk a Mile beer.

The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event takes place in Banff this year, and begins at noon at Banff Avenue Square.

All three breweries have come together to support the YWCA and it’s programming by working together on the fundraising brew.

“We’re all about supporting local beer, so it makes sense for us to support local charities,” said Canmore Brewing Company head brewer Nathan Skillen.

This year’s beer is a double dry hopped lagered ale, which Skillen promises will be big in flavour and low in alcohol.

“Kind of like a lager with a bit more punch to it,” he said.

Just like the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser, the brewers are promising something accessible for all in their beer.

“Craft beer fans can enjoy it and someone not so familiar with craft beer can enjoy the nuances and flavour as well,” said Miranda Batterink, head brewer for Banff Ave Brewing.

The brewmasters all agree that working collaboratively on the annual Walk a Mile beer is not only a good way to support the YWCA, but also to support the local brewing community.

“By definition, brew pubs and breweries try to be very community oriented, so this is a bit of a natural fit for that,” said Batterink.

Including some of the female staff from the various breweries on projects like the Walk a Mile beer has a deeper meaning for Batterink, as she is also the Bow Valley’s only female brewmaster.

“It’s kind of a good way of crossing that boundary and getting women more comfortable with beer,” she said. “It’s just going that extra mile to be able to get women more comfortable in brewing, more collaborative in it.”

Staff from the three breweries will join men – and women – from across the valley in the walk.

“This will be my fourth year doing it, and it’s getting more and more comfortable every year,” said Peter Jervais, a brewer with the Grizzly Paw Brewing Company.

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