Canadian Brewhouse’s steak bites are described as “tiny steaks from tiny cows.”

Canadian Brewhouse’s steak bites are described as “tiny steaks from tiny cows.”

Pub pays homage to Canadiana

If you are looking for a new place to share drinks, enjoy food or unwind after a hard day’s work, you may want to consider the new neighbourhood pub restaurant that has opened up in Clearview Ridge — The Canadian Brewhouse. It is a chain pub that has eight other locations, all across Alberta. Like any other pub, it serves a variety of beer, pub food and music — all in a very casual atmosphere.

If you are looking for a new place to share drinks, enjoy food or unwind after a hard day’s work, you may want to consider the new neighbourhood pub restaurant that has opened up in Clearview Ridge — The Canadian Brewhouse.

It is a chain pub that has eight other locations, all across Alberta. Like any other pub, it serves a variety of beer, pub food and music — all in a very casual atmosphere.

What’s different?

While many pubs today are trying to re-create the atmosphere of pubs from Ireland, Scotland, or England, The Canadian Brewhouse is paying homage to all that is Canadian.

The Canadiana theme is present in all through the establishment. There is a inuksuk greeting you at the doorway, a totem pole keeping watch over the guests, framed Canadian history and sports paraphernalia decorating all along the walls.

With the party-like atmosphere, and so many things to look at when you first walk in, it is a little bit overwhelming to the senses.

Although no one greets you at the door, once you sit down, you are served instantly like they knew the moment you stepped in. You can sit at the bar, at a pub-style table or a booth by the window.

With so many televisions throughout the restaurant, wherever you sit, you can be assured that there is full view of at least one or two huge television screens tuned to a sporting event. The focal point for the place is the giant jumbotron above the bar, resembling a sports arena.

The Canadian theme is also carried through their offerings on the menu and the signature Canadian flag sits majestically on every dish served. If you are looking for a meal, there is Montreal smoked meat sandwich, varieties of poutine, and assortment of burgers that come with maple leaf-shaped patties.

And an RCMP will always be present at this establishment — not the police, of course, but their Royal Canadian Monster Pizza!

If you are looking for a little bite with your drinks, the pub offers some signature appetizers. Their top-selling appies are Steak Bites, Baba’s Ukrainian Perogies and Fried Pickles.

The steak bites are described as “tiny steaks from tiny cows,” and are juicy grilled Angus steak seasoned and served with their famous steak sauce.

Their perogies are tiny bite-size fried pastries stuffed with cheddar cheese and served with grilled onions, bacon bits, fresh chives and sour cream on the side. These tasted as if old Baba herself was hand-making them at the back of the kitchen!

Their most popular appetizer is the fried pickles. I had never had a deep-fried pickle before and I have discovered they are a wicked dish! Be warned, one bite and you will have a continuous craving. Fried pickles are this lovely concoction of battered crunchiness with a briny pickle inside. They are fried just long enough to cook the breading, leaving the defining ‘snap’ of the pickle intact. These delightful appetizers are salty, tangy, and crunchy!

Is it the pub’s own unique creation? Well no and the menu states, “We don’t know who came up with these, but that drunk bastard was a genius!”

I would have to agree.

As Canada celebrates in its ethnic diversity, so does the Canadian Brewhouse’s menu. It offers a Bollywood butter chicken, an entree consisting of tender chicken breast covered in a creamy curry sauce, served with toasted garlic naan bread and steamed white rice. I would have to grudgingly admit that if they eased up on the salt a bit, they would be the leading contenders to my own butter chicken!

They don’t offer many dessert selections, but I still wanted to finish off the all-star meal with a sweet and so I ordered the warm brownie with ice cream. Instead of ubiquitous slice of brownie, they’re small morsels of chocolate, surrounding a scoop of ice cream. When you take a bite, you first experience a crispy outer layer before sinking your teeth into the moist, ganache-like chocolate inside. The presentation is simple but it reflects the true Canadian essence — unassuming on the outside, but real good inside.

They also have very inexpensive specials every night of the week. Some of these specials include $2 Montreal smoked meat sandwich on Monday, $1 tacos on Tuesdays, and $4.80-per-pound wings on Wednesday. By the way, when it comes to wings, Canadian Brew House offers more than 32 varieties: maple cinnamon, Johnny cash, chili-Yaki, chipotle mango are few on my list to try.

Besides the draught and bottled variety of beer, there is also a selection of unique collection of candy cocktails. These include cherry blaster, fuzzy peach and one of my new discovered favourites, the Blue Whale. This is a vodka-based drink mixed with Blue Curacao with a splash of 7-Up. What is the appropriate garnish for a candy cocktail? Candy of course! My Blue Whale came with a whale gummy candy — alluding to the sweet flavours of the drink.

The loud music provides a lively party-like atmosphere rather than a place for quiet romantic night out. If you are looking to go out with a group of buddies, a casual date or a place to watch the playoff games, then Canadian Brewhouse fits the bill!

To keep yourself up to date on the specials, you can follow Canadian Brewhouse on Twitter @TheCDNBrewhouse.

Madhu Badoni is a Red Deer-based freelance food writer. She can be reached at madhubadoni@gmail.com or on Twitter @madhubadoni. Watch for Madhu’s Masala-Mix blog on bprda.wpengine.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)
Red Deer reports 25th COVID-19 death

415 new cases identified provincially Saturday

More than 120,000 Albertans have signed up to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the first two days of appointment bookings. (Photo courtesy Alberta Health Services Twitter)
Alberta Health Services apologizes after seniors struggle to book vaccine appointments

The CEO and president of Alberta Health Services is apologizing after seniors… Continue reading

Red Deer’s Kyle Moore, 26, will be a houseguest on Season 9 of Big Brother Canada. (Photo courtesy Big Brother Canada)
Red Deer man will be a houseguest on Big Brother Canada

A Red Deer man will be a houseguest on the upcoming season… Continue reading

Red Deer Public Schools says that in the absence of additional funds from the provincial government, there was no consideration of using alternate classroom sites in the district. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Red Deer Public Schools launches online engagement process

Red Deer Public schools is seeking community input to help ensure a… Continue reading

Red Deer Rebels defenceman Mason Ward battles with a Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward during the WHL Central Division season opener. (Photo by Rob Wallator/ Red Deer Rebels)
Tigers come back to spoil Red Deer Rebels home opener

It’s been nearly 345 days since the Red Deer Rebels last played… Continue reading

An arrest by Red Deer RCMP is facing online scrutiny. No charges have been laid and the incident is still under investigation. (Screenshot of YouTube video)
Red Deer RCMP investigating violent arrest caught on video

Police say officer ‘acted within the scope of his duties’

Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) stands in his crease as Calgary Flames left wing Andrew Mangiapane (88), left to right, defenceman Rasmus Andersson (4), Matthew Tkachuk (19), Mikael Backlund (11) and Mark Giordano (5) celebrate a goal during second period NHL action in Ottawa on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Calgary Flames beat Ottawa 6-3 to end Senators’ three-game win streak

Flames 6 Senators 3 OTTAWA — The Calgary Flames used a balanced… Continue reading

Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) falls on his knees as he skates around Ottawa Senators defenceman Artem Zub (2) during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Maple Leafs will be without star centre Auston Matthews when they take on the Edmonton Oilers Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto star Auston Matthews won’t play as Leafs face Oilers

EDMONTON — The Maple Leafs will be without star centre Auston Matthews… Continue reading

Crosses are displayed in memory of the elderly who died from COVID-19 at the Camilla Care Community facility during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on November 19, 2020. The number of people who would have died from a COVID-19 infection is likely to be much higher than recorded because of death certificates don't always list the virus as the cause of a fatality, experts say. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Death certificates don’t accurately reflect the toll of the pandemic, experts say

The number of people who would have died from a COVID-19 infection… Continue reading

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. A single dose of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine is barely enough to cover the average pinky nail but is made up of more than 280 components and requires at least three manufacturing plants to produce. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
From science to syringe: COVID-19 vaccines are miracles of science and supply chains

OTTAWA — A single dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine is barely enough… Continue reading

Wetaskiwin RCMP say a Maskwacis man died after he was struck by a vehicle. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Clare’s Law in Saskatchewan used handful of times; Mounties review their role

REGINA — A first-of-its-kind law in Canada meant to warn those at… Continue reading

The Magpie river in Quebec is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Boreal River MANDATORY CREDIT
Quebec river granted legal rights as part of global ‘personhood’ movement

MONTREAL — With its kilometres of rapids and deep blue waters winding… Continue reading

Thorough sanding of a table top is usually the first step to renewing a finish. Wax contaminants can sometimes still remain on a surface like this after sanding. Cleaning with rubbing alcohol and a rag gets rid of these contaminants without leaving a residue behind. (Photo by Steve Maxwell)
Houseworks: Fixing wood finishes

Q: How can I stop polyurethane from beading up on a mahogany… Continue reading

Most Read