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📍 Winnipeg - Treaty 1 territory
Winnipeg's craft brewery and distillery scene has exploded over the last five years. From beer to wine to mead, the options are plentiful and make it so easy to support local! Offering more than just a cold beverage, many of the breweries have beautiful tasting rooms where you can enjoy a Friday night of fun or spend a casual hour on a weekend afternoon.
If you aren't in Winnipeg, you won't be left out, you can pick up most of these locally made beverages at your nearest LC. Here are eight Winnipeg-based brewers, distillers and mead makers who are offering up a variety of craft beverages for you to sip this fall.
Kilter Brewing Co.
450 Rue Deschambault
One of the city's newest breweries, Kilter Brewing Co., has captured our tastebuds with its brews and captured our eyes with a colourful, stylish taproom. Despite being a new brewery, Kilter has already got five beers on tap in their tasting room. It's about time that Winnipeg got its own tropical paradise to be enjoyed year-round!
Trans Canada Brewing Company
1290 Kenaston Blvd
The large tasting room at Trans Canada Brewing Company has all you'd expect from a Manitoba brewery – pizza, beer and a glimpse into the brewing process. Floor to ceiling windows along one wall of the taproom offer a view of the shiny machines that help craft the ideal brew. A limited selection of TCB beers are available at liquor stores in Manitoba but if you visit their tasting room in south Winnipeg you'll find a wide selection of fruity, hoppy, tart and malty beers as well as small batch, limited edition County Sours.
Bee Boyzz Meadery
4742 McGillivray Blvd
Bee Boyzz is Manitoba's first bee-to-bottle meadery, creating mead with their own honey and local fruit. What started as a family apiary has now expanded to offer a variety of flavoured honeys and a new line of mead. There is no tasting room yet for Bee Boyzz but you can find their product on the shelves at the LC and by visiting the meadery on McGillivray Blvd.
Sookram's Brewing Co.
479-B Warsaw Ave
Sookram's has been slinging craft beers for just over a year in Winnipeg's Fort Rouge neighbourhood. The small brewery now has four beers that range the fruity, malty and hoppy spectrum of craft brews. Grab a pint from the taproom then head out onto the large patio space to enjoy fresh air with your craft beverage. You can pick up the cans to go from their taproom or get them delivered within Winnipeg city limits.
Little Brown Jug Brewing Co.
336 William Ave
Once an old stable, later home to the Red River Motor Coach Lines, a wallpaper store and even a print shop, the history of this old structure has led to what is now Little Brown Jug. Combining elements of old bones with modern-day touches, the result is a sleek design of exposed brick and a quality brewing system all in house. Watch the brewing process as you sip their flagship 1919 Belgian Pale Ale in their tasting room.
Patent 5 Distillery
108 Alexander Ave
Patent 5 Distillery brought whiskey production back to Winnipeg's historic Exchange District for the first time in 140 years. This artisanal distillery offers small batches of unique liquors such as Purple Blossom and Manitoba Berry gin. Housed in one of the area's turn-of-the-20th-century warehouses, Patent 5 Distillery makes for the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a craft cocktail. If you don't want to leave the house you can also order a "cocktail to go" – all ingredients and serving instructions delivered right to your door (within Winnipeg city limits).
Nonsuch Brewing Co.
125 Pacific Ave
Enjoy a Belgian-style ale, craft pilsner or barley wine under a ceiling of golden umbrella lights at Nonsuch Brewing Co. Nestled in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District, this brewery creates a mood that will make you want to sit and sip all evening on one of their elegant, handcrafted beverages. Nonsuch beers are made right here in the province from local spring water and are inspired by our home on the prairies.
Capital K Distillery
1680 Dublin Ave
The province's first Manitoba-made vodka comes to us from Capital K and their brand of Tall Grass vodka. These spirits are produced grain-to-bottle in Winnipeg. They use Manitoba-grown wheat and rye to make a smooth finishing vodka. Capital K then takes it to another level adding Manitoba-grown ingredients to create flavoured vodkas like strawberry rhubarb, dill pickle (yah, that’s right) and espresso.
448b Brooklyn Street
Its quirky name is just the start of Shrugging Doctor Brewing Co. It’s one of Manitoba’s only wineries and cideries and is becoming known for its crisp apple ciders, mead and other fruit wines like cranberry, raspberry, strawberry rhubarb and Saskatoon berry. Try a flight or a craft cocktail made with their product in the "Doctor's Lounge," Shrugging Doctor's recently opened tasting room. Or request a house call – they’ll deliver anywhere in Winnipeg within an hour.