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Friday Beer News – March 16th

So, I know, I’ve been pretty terrible these past couple of weeks. My sincere apologies. With work, my daughter and the prospects of beginning a doctoral program, I’ve had a lot on my plate. Luckily, the beer community is awesome and things are getting out there.

Here are some things that are coming up in the beer community here in Winnipeg. If you have any events or releases you’d like included, contact me at beerwinnipeg@gmail.com

  • While many may not be aware, we have a burgeoning hop grower community here in Manitoba. Give the growth in this industry, there are forming the
    Manitoba Hop Growers Association (MBHGA). This is exciting news as it means we will have more access, hopefully, to locally grown hop varietals. Great for home brewers and breweries alike.
  • Barn Hammer continues to brew really interesting test batches of beer. They’ve partnered with Matt Gibbs to brew an ancient Egyptian beer that is made mostly of fermented sour dough bread. Apparently it’s quite good. You can read all about it and the process (If you haven’t already) here.
  • Torque has released their latest Russian Imperial Stout in 500ml wax sealed bottles. It is called “Fake News” and if you had a chance to try “Collusion” at the tap room, it’s the same stuff. I’ve got a bottle to try this weekend so I’ll do a write-up about it soon.
  • Nonsuch has bottled their Belgian Strong Ale and it is now available at the Quality Inn Craft Beer Store. This is another high ABV Belgian style beer and it sounds like it’s worth checking out. I know I’ll be grabbing a bottle or two.
  • Oxus has reported that they’ve sent beer to the MLCC and it is currently in their warehouse. The first two beers from Oxus are Juice of the Oats Oatmeal Stout and Transoxania India Pale Ale in 650 ml bottles.  A third beer, Canadian Dream Blonde Ale will be coming out soon as well. I know I’m looking forward to trying these and hope you are too.
  • On March 8th a group of awesome and enterprising brewers got together to brew. The occasion was International Women’s Collaborative Brew Day. This group of brewers crafted a Witch Hunt lemon rooibos tea saison. I sadly did not have a chance to sit down with them before the brew, but I did get a chance last year. This awesome group of brewers are talented and passionate and I can’t wait to give this beer a try. The beer will be available around the city in April, so watch for it.
  • Kilter Brewing has been teasing us on twitter. They’ve received a brewing equipment and are setting stuff up. I’m excited to get down and check out the space and report back when I can. In the mean-time, follow them on twitter.

I am sure I am missing some awesome news in the beer community. If you’ve got something you’d like include, send me a mail – beerwinnipeg@gmail.com

Friday Beers News – February 23rd

Here are some things that are coming up in the beer community here in Winnipeg. If you have any events or releases you’d like included, contact me at beerwinnipeg@gmail.com

  • Oxus Brewing Company has bottled its first beers and should be coming out in Liquor Marts soon. This is really exciting news! A new brewery opening again with more local beer to try! I can’t wait. Check-out my initial chats with Oxus here and here.
  • Torque Brewing has tapped this years Russian Imperial Stout. It’s called “Fake News” but at the taproom they’ve named it “Collusion”. If you are interested in colluding with Torque, head to their taproom. If you’d prefer to consume some Fake News, you’ll have your chance when the bottles are released in March.
  • Trans Canada has their grab a growler and go growlers up and running. These pre-filled growlers of their Amber and IPA will be available at the brewery starting today. This means you literally drop of your old one and pick up a new one. No need to worry about waiting for a fill. Quick and simple.
  • Trans Canada also has a variety of beers that you can try as well as some small batches. They’ve released a Brett Pale Ale for all those who love Brett.
  • Half Pints is always looking at doing some fun stuff, check out their seasonal beers as well as their upcoming brews.
  • There is a fun event coming up at the Irish Association of Manitoba on March 3rd. This educational event will teach you the basics of small batch brewing. Check out the details and register here.
  • International Womens’ Brew Day is arriving soon, March 8th, and will be hosted by Barn Hammer Brewing. They’ve released the test-batch, Witch Hunt, which is a Rooibos tea infused wit beer. I hope to sit down with some of the group to chat again this year. Check out my chat from last years IWBD.
  • Lastly, there is some sad news in the Craft Beer Community. The first new brewery to open it’s doors has also been forced to close them until further notice. I am not sure what exactly occurred or the details about the situation but Peg Beer Co. is closed until further notice. On behalf of myself, I want to wish them all the best and will be hoping that they will open their doors once more and that this is simply a hiccup.

I’ve posted my write-up on a Gose from Beau’s along with my write-up of Torque’s Gruit.

– Beer Winnipeg

Friday Beer News – February 9th

Here are some things that are coming up in the beer community here in Winnipeg. If you have any events or releases you’d like included, contact me at beerwinnipeg@gmail.com

  • Oxus Brewing Company has bottled its first beers and should be coming out in Liquor Marts soon. This is really exciting news! A new brewery opening again with more local beer to try! I can’t wait. Check-out my initial chats with Oxus here and here.
  • Torque’s International Gruit Day beer is out and available at the brewery and Quality Craft Beer Store. This is super exciting. Their “Borealis” is a gruit made with juniper berries, lavender, yarrow, spruce tips, and bog myrtle. For more information on who else is participating in this day check-out the official website. This interesting and unique style of beer is enjoyable to drink. For more information on the style check here. I will be posting a review of this beer soon.
  • Nonsuch and Barn Hammer heave released a collaboration brew at the brewery and at Liquor Marts and Quality Craft Beer Store. This “Lune Noire” is a dark saison and if you had a chance to try some last year, you know it’s really good.
  • Barn Hammer Brewing is participating in the “6-week winter CSA” membership. This get’s you:
    • $250 Membership gets you six weeks of Eadha Bread, Barn Hammer Brewing Company Beer and Bouchée Boucher Meat for 2 people as well as samples from six other guest food artisans in Manitoba including flora & farmer, Smak Dab, Helpfulbeans, and more!

    • Check out the details here.
  • Trans Canada has their grab a growler and go growlers up and running. These pre-filled growlers of their Amber and IPA will be available at the brewery starting today. This means you literally drop of your old one and pick up a new one. No need to worry about waiting for a fill. Quick and simple.
  • Half Pints is always looking at doing some fun stuff, check out their seasonal beers as well as their upcoming brews.
  • Surly Gives a Damn is going to be holding another charitable event here in Winnipeg in support of Winnipeg Harvest on February 13th. This is a great opportunity to help out the local community and celebrate with free Surly beer afterwards. Details and signup info is here.
  • There is a fun event coming up at the Irish Association of Manitoba on March 3rd. This educational event will teach you the basics of small batch brewing. Check out the details and register here.
  • The Winnipeg Brewmasters’ Winter Technical Session is coming up on February 22nd. It is hosted and sponsored by Trans Canada Brewing and Intertek. For more details on that check here.
  • Lastly, I guarantee there are a lot of beers that need drinking around the city and I’m sure I’ve missed some cool events and stuff coming up. If you know of anything coming up, let me know so I can feature it. In the meantime, checkout the stuff above and go to the open breweries in the city and drink some beer.

I’ve got a write-up on a Gose from Beau’s coming up soon along with a write-up of Torque’s Gruit. I’ve also got some write-ups coming on interviews, so keep watching.

Friday Beer News – February 2nd

Man, getting sick sucks. Especially when there is a whole bunch of beer related stuff happening that you want to get in on. I’m feeling better now and looking forward to a good weekend of trying some beers and writing about a few of them.

Here are some things that are coming up in the beer community here in Winnipeg. If you have any events or releases you’d like included, contact me at beerwinnipeg@gmail.com

  • Oxus Brewing Company has bottled its first beers and should be coming out in Liquor Marts soon. This is really exciting news! A new brewery opening again with more local beer to try! I can’t wait. Check-out my initial chats with Oxus here and here.
  • Torque’s International Gruit Day beer is out and available at the brewery and Quality Craft Beer Store. This is super exciting. Their “Borealis” is a gruit made with juniper berries, lavender, yarrow, spruce tips, and bog myrtle. For more information on who else is participating in this day check-out the official website. This interesting and unique style of beer is enjoyable to drink. For more information on the style check here.
  • Nonsuch and Barn Hammer heave released a collaboration brew at the brewery and at Liquor Marts and Quality Craft Beer Store. This “Lune Noire” is a dark saison and if you had a chance to try some last year, you know it’s really good.
  • Barn Hammer Brewing is participating in the “6-week winter CSA” membership. This get’s you:
    • $250 Membership gets you six weeks of Eadha Bread, Barn Hammer Brewing Company Beer and Bouchée Boucher Meat for 2 people as well as samples from six other guest food artisans in Manitoba including flora & farmer, Smak Dab, Helpfulbeans, and more!

    • Check out the details here.
  • Trans Canada has their grab a growler and go growlers up and running. These pre-filled growlers of their Amber and IPA will be available at the brewery starting today. This means you literally drop of your old one and pick up a new one. No need to worry about waiting for a fill. Quick and simple.
  • Half Pints has released their “Grand Slam Oatmeal Stout” and you can get it now at Quality Inn Beer Store. If you are curious what else they have check out their seasonal beers as well as their upcoming brews.
  • Surly Gives a Damn is going to be holding another charitable event here in Winnipeg in support of Winnipeg Harvest on February 13th. This is a great opportunity to help out the local community and celebrate with free Surly beer afterwards. Details and signup info is here.
  • Quality Inn Beer Store is undergoing some sweet renovations to expand their space and make room for all the awesome beers they are bringing in. If you haven’t been there recently, I suggest you go. They are bringing in a huge selection of beers that you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Speaking of which, Quality Inn Beer Store has the largest selection of Gruits that you can get in Winnipeg. They’ve got a bunch from Beau’s as well as the one from Torque. They’ve also brought in some really cool beers from Garrison. Get down there and check them out!
  • There is a fun event coming up at the Irish Association of Manitoba on March 3rd. This educational event will teach you the basics of small batch brewing. Check out the details and register here.
  • Lastly, I guarantee there are a lot of beers that need drinking around the city and I’m sure I’ve missed some cool events and stuff coming up. If you know of anything coming up, let me know so I can feature it. In the meantime, checkout the stuff above and go to the open breweries in the city and drink some beer.

Now that I’m feeling better I plan to get to interviewing some local brewers, checking in with Kilter and Oxus, and reviewing a few beers I’ve got stored away.

I’m sure I’ve missed something. There is so much happening in the Winnipeg Beer Scene it’s hard to keep up. Please help me out. Let me know of events coming up by email – beerwinnipeg@gmail.com – or leave a comment. Thanks for following, as always.

– Beer Winnipeg

Friday Beer News – January 26/18

Hey Folks. I had a fantastic vacation over in Hawaii but, sadly, all vacations come to an end and I’ve been back in Winnipeg for a little while. December is a busy month of posting for me, so I took a bit of a break to recharge and get ramped up for another year of Beer Winnipeg.

To get started, Beer News is back on Fridays, so let’s get to that. Here are some things that are coming up in the beer community here in Winnipeg. If you have any events or releases you’d like included, contact me at beerwinnipeg@gmail.com

  • You can still find Torque’s “Winter Survival Pack“ at around the city. This 6-pack includes a Double IPA, Wee Heavy, Roasted Coffee Porter, a Stout, a Dunkelweizen and a Wheat Wine. It probably won’t last long so if you’ve not gotten one yet, go get some now!
  • Torque will also be participating in International Gruit Day which is super exciting. For more information on who else is participating in this day check-out the official website. This interesting and unique style of beer is enjoyable to drink. For more information on the style check here.
  • Nonsuch’s Old Ale, is available around town. It’s tasty and I’d encourage you to grab some. This 10% beer is caged and corked and will cellar well. This is the second beer from Nonsuch, who’s Saison can also be found around town.
  • To coincide with the Lunar Eclispe on January 31st, Nonsuch and Barn Hammer will be releasing a collaboration brew at the brewery. This “Lune Noire” is a dark saison and if you had a chance to try some last year, you know it’s really good.
  • Barn Hammer also has a new test batch out that is worth checking out. This peanut butter milk stout is sure to go quick. While you’re down there, if they have any of their Brett Barley Wine left, check that out too.
  • Today at Trans Canada you can start stopping in to grab a growler and go. These pre-filled growlers of their Amber and IPA will be available at the brewery starting today.
  • Surly Gives a Damn is going to be holding another charitable event here in Winnipeg in support of Winnipeg Harvest on February 13th. This is a great opportunity to help out the local community and celebrate with free Surly beer afterwards. Details and signup info is here.
  • Quality Inn Beer Store is undergoing some sweet renovations to expand their space and make room for all the awesome beers they are bringing in. If you haven’t been there recently, I suggest you go. They are bringing in a huge selection of beers that you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Lastly, I guarantee there are a lot of beers that need drinking around the city and I’m sure I’ve missed some cool events and stuff coming up. If you know of anything coming up, let me know so I can feature it. In the meantime, checkout the stuff above and go to the open breweries in the city and drink some beer.

I’ve got a list of beers I want to drink, people I want to interview and events to attend. I’m excited to be doing this for another year and hope that you folks will follow along with what is happening.

Beer Winnipeg

Friday Beer News – December 15th

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Hey folks. Here are some of the things happening in the local beer scene:

  • Torque has released their “Winter Survival Pack“. This 6-pack includes a Double IPA, Wee Heavy, Roasted Coffee Porter, a Stout, a Dunkelweizen and a Wheat Wine. It is available now.
  • Nonsuch has released their second beer, an Old Ale, that is available exclusively at the Quality Inn Craft Beer Store. This 10% beer is caged and corked and will cellar well. This is the second beer from Nonsuch, who released their Saison a couple of weeks ago.
  • Rae’s Bistro is celebrating 1 year of operation this week. If you haven’t been, it’s a great little bistro serving excellent food and local craft beers. To celebrate they are expanding their weekly cask night into a three day event. Thursday has come and gone, but tonight Barn Hammer will have a cask of Saturday Night Lumberjack, and tomorrow Torque will be there with a cask of their own.
  • Trans Canada Brewing is releasing their first bottles. A Small batch release of a Cranberry Chocolate Stout. This will be available today at the Taproom and at the Quality Inn Craft Beer Store.
  • Mark your calendars folks. Half Pints’ 12 Beers Of Christmas is back again and bringing a variety of interesting and unique beers from this powerhouse of a local craft brewery. This is happening on December 23rd at the brewery. Details here.
  • If you are looking for plans for New Years Eve there are a couple of options where beer is heavily involved. The 6th annual Resolution NYE Gala will be taking place at a new venue this year, the Delta downtown Winnipeg. It should be a fantastic event that includes both local breweries and Capital K spirits. For more info and to buy tickets check here.
  • As well, Peg Beer Co. will be having a Beer vs Wine New Years Eve dinner that should prove to be fantastic as well. Chef Aaron Epp will be cooking up some sweet foods to be paired along with both beer and wine. For details, menu, and tickets check here.
  • Finally, a ways into the future, January 29th, Barn Hammer and A Loaf and Honey will be hosting a 5 course beer dinner at Barn Hammer’s Taproom. The event sounds awesome and I hope everyone checks it out. More details and ticket info here.

That’s all I have for this week. I’d like to request your help. If you become aware of any cool beer news, events, or upcoming items that you think are worth sending out, please send them to me at beerwinnipeg@gmail.com

Thanks for following along

-Beer Winnipeg

Friday Beer News – December 8th

Hey folks. For those who follow me on Twitter you know I’ve been dealing with a sick household. Both myself and my daughter have been sick preventing me from being able to do my advent calendar write-ups. I’m feeling better today so hope to catch-up this weekend.

I haven’t been able to keep up with the beer scene much this week either but there are few things I’ve mentioned that are still coming up.

  • Little Brown Jug will be celebrating 1 year of brewing on December 9th. They will have treats, beers, and brewery tours to enjoy at the brewery. For more details check here.
  • If you are looking for plans for New Years Eve there are a couple of options where beer is heavily involved. The 6th annual Resolution NYE Gala will be taking place at a new venue this year, the Delta downtown Winnipeg. It should be a fantastic event that includes both local breweries and Capital K spirits. For more info and to buy tickets check here.
  • As well, Peg Beer Co. will be having a Beer vs Wine New Years Eve dinner that should prove to be fantastic as well. Chef Aaron Epp will be cooking up some sweet foods to be paired along with both beer and wine. For details, menu, and tickets check here.
  • Barn Hammer is also releasing bottles of its 2016 Russian Imperial Stout today. They will be on sale at 1pm.
  • Finally, a ways into the future, January 29th, Barn Hammer and A Loaf and Honey will be hosting a 5 course beer dinner at Barn Hammer’s Taproom. The event sounds awesome and I hope everyone checks it out. More details and ticket info here.

That’s all I have for this week. I’d like to request your help. If you become aware of any cool beer news, events, or upcoming items that you think are worth sending out, please send them to me at beerwinnipeg@gmail.com

Thanks for following along

-Beer Winnipeg