Cranbrook: Mountains of opportunity and the biggest town in the East Kootenay area. Arriving at our new destination, we began our exploration of the downtown, and the food and drink scene.
The Heid Out and Fisher Peak Brewing Company
As an already established restaurant, Fisher Peak Brewery Company was added to the facility in 2013. With award winning beer and a kitchen that focuses on using local ingredients, this is a match made in heaven. The brewery is named after Fisher Peak, the highest peak in the Cranbrook area and visible from anywhere in town. It stands at just over 9300 feet and is quite the hike to endeavor.
The building itself is more of restaurant than a brewery, and has that pub feel to it. They had over twelve beers on tap, varying from a blonde, to a radler, to a bourbon aged strong beer, that were fairly easy drinking and enjoyable. I had their burger with their homemade sauce that made it uniquely tasty and pleasant.
Fire Hall Kitchen and Tap
Located within the old Fall Hall No.1, this restored, historical building is so much more than a gastropub. Newly opened in June 2018, it features twenty taps that pour BC craft beers. You can sample numerous types, about half of which are only available in BC.
Although we didn’t sample any food here, it was a place where one was encouraged to stay. The bartenders were friendly, the atmosphere comforting, and the wide selection of craft beers made it a desirable place to relax and enjoy the mountain scenery. It is definitely a place I will return to and would recommend.