If you’ve been to the brewery, you may have read about our love affair with local salvaged materials. Here’s just one of them:
In 1885 Jean Charles Routhier rode west from Quebec with the North West Mounted Police to stamp out the Riel Rebellion. In 1891 Jean Routhier retired from the NWMP and homesteaded south of Pincher Creek. It was here he raised a family and built this barn for his horses and cattle. The homestead was sold in 1945 and in recent years, newly developed acreages required the dismantling of the barn.
Jean Charles Routhier’s father, Sir Adophe Basile Routhier, was the author of a poem written to celebrate the National French-Canadian Congress in 1880 and this poem was put to music and is now our official National anthem, O’ Canada.
The wide planks on Taps Grill’s bar wall were reclaimed from the roof of this barn.