It has been a little while since I’ve posted anything, it’s been a crazy time of year. Luckily things are returning to a bit of normalcy, just in time for some really fun craft beer opportunities here in the city.
First off is the Coast to Coaster event put on at the Liquor Marts across the city. This year they are doing 4 separate flights about 2 weeks apart. Beers from across Canada will be brought into the liquor marts for people to try. These are beers that we do not normally have and are brought in special for this event. Some of these are ones we can expect to see on the shelves (hopefully) while others we may not see again. This event will be running from June 1st – July 31st.
I’m a little disappointed in this years Coast to Coaster. The majority of the beers coming in on the “flights” are lagers, blondes, or pale ales. I understand that these are great summer beers, but they don’t give an opportunity for Manitobans to try a variety of styles and experiment with what they might or might not like. There are some interesting beers coming in, and I’m certainly going to try a number of them, but it’d be nice to see a bit more of an adventurous nature in the lists rather than the “safe” choice. In any case, See the image below for all the beers coming out and which week they will be available.
Second up, The Manitoba Brewers Association is hosting a “meet your local craft brewer” event at Fort Garry Brewing Company on June 22nd. The event is from 5:30pm-8:00pm. This is a great opportunity to sample a few of the beers from these local breweries before getting to try them all at Flatlanders’. More so, it’s a great opportunity to chat with the breweries who are on their way to opening or still in the planning process.
Tickets are for sale right now and are quite limited. They are $25 a piece and you can get them here. I’d really recommend going if you are interested in having a chance to speak with some of the new breweries and find out a bit more of what you can expect. I’ll be there for sure and you can expect a write-up of all that I learn.
Finally, the big one, Flatlanders’ Beer Festival is coming up on June 24th and 25th (afternoon/evening). Three opportunities to get in and try out some of the new beers coming to Manitoba, especially those from local breweries not yet open.
With over 160 beers from around the globe for people to try, it’s a great opportunity to taste something you’ve never had and to venture out beyond your comfort zone and try something new. It’s especially great that this year we will see a large number of the new local breweries (Torque, One Great City, Nonsuch, Barn Hammer, and more) offering a chance to try their beer for the first time.
Tickets are still available and I recommend going to this event. In addition to the opportunity to try some local brews no one else has had, there will be beer geeks (I get to be one!) on hand who will be there to answer questions you may have about beers and styles. As well, there will be education sessions put on by members of the Manitoba Brewers Association, and there will be a lot of beer to try. You can get tickets here and you can check out the full list of featured beers here.
Hopefully you get the chance to check these events out. I’m certainly going to be enjoying all the opportunities I get to enjoy some craft beer (especially the local stuff). Also, watch here, as I am going to posting an update on Barn Hammer soon.