The Carleton Place Ale Trail — What “Ales” You Asks The Ted Report?



Another Carleton Place Ted MacDonald  report! 

Have you ever wondered what the most popular beers are in downtown Carleton Place? Lets take a stroll down Bridge Street and find out.

First stop is the Thirsty Moose on the west side. We asked Jamie (niceJamie not big Jamie) what are the best sellers. They are Coors Lite,Canadian and Creemore Springs. If Gail did not go there Coors Lite may not have been at the top. I usually have a Heineken when I drop in. The Moose is a great sports bar since Bubba took it over. They organize trips to the Sens games and will have golf or football etc, on the many Tvs but not so loud you can’t have a chat. Except on Thursday, which is wing night, and can be a little noisy but fun.


Next up on the east side is St. James Gate. Most popular beers according to Jamie (another Jamie, but this one is a tall pleasant young lady) and Rebecca (her sister Jenna works at the Moose) are Harp, Perth Amber and Kronnenburg Blanc. I often meet my old friends from Stats Canada, Carl and Dave, there on a Friday evening to have a little computer techie talk. They usually will have the aforementioned Blanc and I have a Guinness. In case you didn’t know Guinness is brewed at St. James Gate in Dublin hence the pub name.

Let’s Stay on the east side and stop at Ballygiblins. Another British Pub owned by great guy Derick. Favourite beers are Beaus, Barking Squirrel and Ashton Amber. I always order the Beaus Lugtread. A great beer from Vancleek Hill. A few years ago I had a broken leg and the Beaus brothers would deliver an ice cold keg to our home and I would hook it up to my draft system but that is another story.

Now closed:(

Editor’s Note: Ted- I think we would really like to hear that story! 🙂


Now across the street to The Queens, one of Carleton Place’s oldest establishments. They are selling a lot of Coors lite, Canadian and Bud Lite. Gail and I were there for St. Patrick’s day so I had a green beer of some sort. Gail, of course, had a Coors Lite, bottle, no glass. (inside joke). They had a great band and we are hoping for more live music at this wonderful spot.

Over the river to Bell Street and the Waterfront Gastro Pub. Worth going there just for the name but they have some great beers also. Arguably the best drought taps in town. Their most popular beers are Red Racer, Keith’s Pale Ale and Kronnenburg Blanc. We went there during the“Walmart Blackout” as north of the river still had power. A lot of people went to Almonte because they thought the whole town was out but they just could have gone to the Bistro. Don’t wait for the next power outage. Overlooking the Mississippi, they truly have the best patio in the summer time. Hope they get the Blues Band back on Sundays. Check it out.


Back across the bridge and near the town-hall on Mill Street is Slackonis. Not a pub but they also have a great patio in the summer where you can sit out and watch the river flow. According to Rob the favourite is the Italian beer Moretti, however, they sell more wine than beer. Try a glass of Pinot Grigio for white fans or a Cabernet Sauvignonfor those of us who prefer red while sitting by the dam.


Also on the west side of Bridge Street is the Excuses Bar and Grill.This is attached to the Visions Bowling Centre so you can have a cold one after knocking all those pins down.

Not downtown but a worth a look is the Tap House Grill and Sports Bar in the McNeely Plaza. Their most popular beverages are Bud, Bud Lite and Keith’s IPA. I will have to give it a closer look when I can get a DD to
give me a lift.

You can check out most of these establishments on Facebook.


Don’t forget to read Ted’s Carleton Place’s Good Eats blog he did last week!

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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