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The national animal couldn't get a brewski 

Mike Pomranz
May 04, 2018

Waterloo, Ontario’s Beertown bills itself as “the leaders in the craft beer dining revolution.” They serve a delightful looking mix of modern pub food alongside nine rotating draft lines and one rotating cask of mostly Canadian craft beer. It truly sounds like the kind of place anyone would want to drop into for a pint and a bite… even, apparently, a beaver.

In one of the most Canadian stories you will hear this week, CBC News—yup, that the largest news broadcaster in the country—reports that a beaver attempted to enter Beertown’s Waterloo location shortly before closing this past Sunday night.

“[He was walking] through the parking lot, in between the vehicles,” Beverage Manager Matthew O'Hara told CBC. “By the time we got out the back door again, the beaver was right up... maybe 10 to 15 feet from our back door.” So he was a crafty guy, really, realizing that they weren’t just going to let a beaver wander through the main entrance.

However, like any bar patron looking to duck in right before last call, telling this beaver that he didn’t have to go home but he couldn’t stay here wasn’t easy. “Adam, the other manager here grabbed a cardboard box and kind of snuck up on it and slipped that over top to kind of contain it a little bit so we could get Grand River Conservation [Authority] over,” O’Hara continued. However, the beaver was apparently a big one—about the side of “two basketballs side by side”— so a simple box wasn’t going to cut it. “It was moving around with the box on top of it. So we got a bigger garbage bin that we flipped over and put it on top—a big plastic bin, so it wasn't confined either.”

In the end, despite this particular beaver’s apparently docile nature, CBC reported that it took seven people, including two police officers, to eventually get the animal into a cage so it could be returned to it home near Waterloo Park. “Honestly I'm just glad we were able to take care of it and get it back to safety, without it causing somebody else harm or getting hurt itself, right?” O’Hara concluded. “When you get a beaver at a bar, that's something special.”

So special in fact that they decided to give the beaver a nickname: Paul, inspired by Paul Bunyan of American folklore. Because if you want to make sure someone never comes back to your bar again, you give them a fun nickname.

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