BY PAUL JOSEPH – TRAVEL MAGAZINE
Those of us who live in the urban jungles of northern Europe will be familiar with nursing pints of beer in cosy pubs or, if the weather’s good, standing on street corners as the traffic goes by. But imagine enjoying delicious craft beer while surrounded by some of the world’s most stunning natural scenery? This is what’s possible at the Banff Craft Beer Festival, which comes to Alberta this November. Taking place at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the festival is held partially outdoors against the backdrop of the spectacular Rocky Mountains with its pristine wilderness and glacier fresh waters. There’ll be great beer and food in equal measure, served by local breweries, pubs and restaurants. And on this occasion, there’s no need for beer goggles, because everywhere you look there’s jaw-dropping beauty.