Its amazing what can happen when four avid homebrewers stumble across a commercial brewing system. About a year ago Glenn Valgardson, David Freeman, Brent Babyak and Josh Morrison, who are all longtime homebrewers and stalwarts of Regina’s Ale and Lagers Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan (ALES) – one of the country’s biggest and most successful homebrew clubs […]
Kristjan Kristjansson, owner of the soon-to-open Winnipeg brewpub, Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery, literally grew up in the restaurant business. His dad, Thrainn Kristjansson, ran the Round Table Steakhouse and Pub, which had been a staple of the Winnipeg food scene since he opened it in 1973. Its distinct Tudor-style building was an attraction on […]
This is an odd profile for me to write. Normally I write about breweries that have just opened or are still in the planning stages. Farmery Estate Brewery has been around for six years or so, at least in a virtual, contract-brewing form. These days they are a full-fledged, real brewery in Manitoba.
I should […]
I have a suspicion that the friends and family of Lisa and Mark Watts knew it would lead to this. From the sounds of it this life-loving couple are always on the go, always coming up with new adventures and ideas.
Lisa admits as such. “We are a goofy couple that way. We are always […]
Back in 1913 there was a brewery called Medicine Hat Brewing Co. It lasted until 1920. A second incarnation was attempted between 1925 and 1927 but ultimately failed. The city’s third iteration of Medicine Hat Brewing opened its doors on December 10, 2016 – 103 years after the first attempt. (For the record, Medicine Hat […]
Edmonton’s newest “almost” brewery officially got its license to sell beer last week. Sure, they don’t have beer ready yet, but that will be coming next month or so – you have to get your ducks lined up after all.
I am talking about Elbeck Brews (the website is just a placeholder for the moment). […]
It is a long drive to Jasper. Having done it more times than I can count, I know. And usually just past Hinton I find I get impatient with the highway, the time and the bursting bladder. However, at that point there is no relief until hitting Jasper (I KNEW I should have stopped in […]
I have long respected Beau’s All Natural, a fast-growing Ottawa-area brewery. On a trip to Ontario a number of years ago I got to try their flagship Lug Tread Lagered Ale (which really is a Kolsch in disguise) and quickly fell in love with it. The proof lies in my review of it which you […]
Take one smart, motivated economist desiring to return to his hometown, mix in one derelict heritage building in downtown Winnipeg and then add beer. Viola! A recipe for Little Brown Jug Brewing.
Little Brown Jug just officially opened their doors last week. Their launch marks the arrival of a very interesting and original beer project […]
Lyle Thorsen’s wife was thrilled when he told her he wanted to open a brewery. Many partners might be nervous that he was thinking of quitting his lucrative job in the oil patch or was planning to place a second mortgage on their home to make it happen. Thorsen’s wife knew better. “She wanted me […]