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LBJ by Mike Green

by • February 23, 2017 • #ExploreMB, WinnipegComments (0)6800

Getting crafty on Winnipeg’s ever-growing microbrewery scene

After a lengthy absence (due to laws that have since been changed) craft beer fans in Winnipeg now have a lot to pore over (or should that be pour from?). A handful of new breweries have opened within the last year, while most of our already established breweries have added tasting rooms to their repertoire – making it easy to get a pint brewed on premise in areas across the city. Below you’ll find some of those notable new breweries, along with some tours that will take your crew there.

You can find complete stories on most of these businesses along with all your Winnipeg culinary needs at Pegcitygrub.com.

Winnipeg breweries

PEG Beer Co. (125 Pacific Avenue) – Located right in the centre of the Exchange’s theatre district, this place is generally pumping. You can do FREE brewery tours every Monday at 7 and 8 p.m. for up to 25 people where you’ll get to sample some of their six full-flavoured brews that have hops fans fawning. Being a brewpub (which features some really solid family style fare, including delicious flatbreads), PEG Beer also gets to stay open late, Sunday to Thursday until 11 p.m., and midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Little Brown Jug Brewing Company (336 William Avenue) It just opened in November and is crafting and slingin one excellent beer, the 1919 Belgian Pale Ale, which you can also find on many taps across the city. Open Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Read more about it here.

Barn Hammer Brewing (595 Wall Street) This handsomely transformed former auto body shop is located half a block north of Portage Avenue, fairly close to Polo Park. They make five signature beers (which you can also find on taps across the city) along with an experimental and seasonal beer that frequently changes. Currently, the hours are Wednesday & Thursday 3-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 12-9 p.m., and Sunday 1-6 p.m

Torque Brewing Co. (330-830 King Edward Street) Their brand new taproom is only a few weeks old while you can also find their cans and growlers available in liquor stores across Winnipeg. They also do a tidy amount of draft on taps across the city. Taproom is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For some perspective on the sizes. Double Growler down to Howler.

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Take a tour

Half Pints Brewery Tour One of Winnipeg’s pioneering independent microbreweries, Half Pints offers tours every Saturday (and by special request), where brewers show you grain to bottle processes. Half Pints brews four main beers, along with fun seasonal selections like their “fruity and fabulous” Queer Beer, which they brew every year for Pride Winnipeg.

Fort Garry Brewing Company Tour Winnipeg’s oldest microbrewery, Fort Garry first started brewing in 1930, and has since gone through several incarnations with Molson (1990) along with an amalgamation with BC’s Russell Brewing in 2007, before being sold back to a Manitoba firm in 2016. Group brewery tours can be arranged to take you through their nine-step process.

Winnipeg Tasting Tours’ motto is “Exploring Winnipeg… one drink at a time.” These beer-tasting tours bring you by van to the city’s best microbreweries – including PEG Beer Co., Little Brown Jug, Barn Hammer Brewing and The Common at The Forks Market.

Here's Matt serving up flights @halfpintsbrewing. Last Stop!

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Coming soon

Watch out for these craft breweries coming soon

  • Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery (800 Pembina Highway)
  • One Great City Brewing Co. (1596 Ness Avenue)
  • Nonsuch La Brasserie and Brewing Co. (no location given yet, aside from it being downtown)
  • OXUS Brewing Company (1180 Sanford Street)

Written by Mike Green of Tourism Winnipeg.

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