Weekend Away: Lethbridge, Alberta
I was primed for an adventure last weekend. I really felt like I needed to get away from Medicine Hat for the day so I started looking into a small day trip somewhere close. I really wanted to go for a hike or do something I wouldn't normally do. Thus my initial plan was to visit every small town from Medicine Hat to Lethbridge and explore the cutesy little places a small town has to offer. Silly me, I forgot we are in the bible belt and every small town shuts down on Sundays. So I just trekked on to Lethbridge and somehow ended up at the mall (figures).
Before heading into the mall I walked around Lethbridge's annual Street Wheelers. They had booths set up and cars both vintage and new. Now cars aren't really my thing, but I try for Joel's sake. That being said Joel was working and I still tried to get into the car thing. I looked really out of place.
While I was wandering Street Wheelers I mostly took note of the interesting shops and cafes that are in downtown Lethbridge. Being the bible belt they were all closed. But it left me feeling like I need to go back during the week and spend an afternoon downtown.
There are a few interesting things to do in Lethbridge but sadly my short timeline didn't really allow for a lot of activities, and clearly I needed some retail therapy and to stop and see my best friend and her adorable little baby girl! But the one thing I really wanted to do was go to Coulee Brewing Company. The brewery and restaurant opened this year, they are so new their bottling operations haven't been set up yet so if you want to buy their beer they fill cans right in front of you at the bar. For one of the cans it is ~$10, but you get almost a litre of beer!
The concept behind Coulee Brew Co is really beautiful, most of the materials they used in the Restaurant are vintage or reclaimed and re purposed. The decor is clean with touches of shabby chic and really is what would would expect from a pub in the Prairies. They have a nice but not extensive list of craft beers, including the 4 beers they are brewing in house. Their amber ale is full bodied with hints of caramel. It is honestly one of the nicest amber ales I have had. As I was driving home I was only allowed one beer, which means I will definitely be back to try the other three beers they make!
The food menu is your typical pub fare, but it all looks pretty good to me. I decided on 'the Big Cheese' and it was pretty good. The fries were the perfect mix of crispy and chewy and the burger had so much meat I couldn't even finish it all. Not only did you get the beef burger but it was topped with mounds of thick sliced bacon, apple wood smoked cheese, mozzarella and fried onions. This burger could have been shared between two people and then they could have had one of the delicious sounding desserts!
Apparently this trip mostly prepped me for things I want to do in Lethbridge so I will have to make a trip back to do some exploring in the near future!