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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

Friday Beer News – December 1st

Here are some things that have happened or will be soon happening in beer

  • Today is the first day of the various Craft Beer Advent Calendars. I hope folks who got their hands on them are as excited to see what’s contained inside as I am. I will be blogging about the Craft Beer Advent Calendar from craft beer importers. Look for my post on the first beer later today.
  • Torque have (always) got a number of interesting small batch releases at their taproom and they have also released the names and specific beers for their winter survival pack which is coming out in December.Torque - Winter Survival Pack
  • Nonsuch has released their bottles. They’ve been sent to a distributor for distribution around town. Expect to see them at select liquor marts and beer vendors. For Liquor Marts you can watch store inventory here. Nonsuch is also starting to bottle their Old Ale which means we will hopefully be able to get our hands on that.
  • Barn Hammer has released their Fur Trader Winter Ale and it is available on tap and in bottles at the taproom. It should also be available in bottles at local Winnipeg liquor marts soon. Check the inventory for stores here. They also have a Strawberry Milkshake IPA on at their tap room right now.
  • You can still get Damien, Furious Black IPA, and the 2016 bottle of Darkness at Liquor Marts around the city. The 2017 bottle of Darkness will be released tomorrow (It’ll be a good day for big beer lovers).
  • Half Pints will be releasing it’s Barley Wine (Burlywine) for the first time since 2014. This will be tomorrow as well and if you like Barley Wines, put it in your calendar.
  • Kilter Brewing have collaborated with 2 crows brewing in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on a Hawaiian Ivory Milkshake IPA. It is being released at 2 crows this weekend and we should see it making it’s way out here to Manitoba soon.
  • 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.

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 – November 24th

Here are some things that have happened or will be soon happening in beer

  • Torque’s Rabbit Punch Black IPA seasonal is rolling out to Liquor Marts and Beer Vendors around town. Also, they’ve got a number of interesting small batch releases at their taproom. Torque has also released the names and specific beers for their winter survival pack which is coming out in December.Torque - Winter Survival Pack
  • Nonsuch has released their bottles. They’ve been sent to a distributor for distribution around town. Expect to see them at select liquor marts and beer vendors. For Liquor Marts you can watch store inventory here. Nonsuch has also put a new Tripel on at the Common at the Forks.
  • Barn Hammer has released their Fur Trader Winter Ale and it is available on tap and in bottles at the taproom. It should also be available in bottles at local Winnipeg liquor marts soon. Check the inventory for stores here.
  • Surly is sending their Abrasive double IPA to Winnipeg. It is available at Quality Inn, Park West, and the Canad Inns Winnipeg locations. Damien, son of Darkness, has been released and is available at liquor marts and beer vendors in the city. As well you can still get Furious Black IPA, the 2016 bottle of Darkness. The 2017 bottle of Darkness will be released on December 2nd (It’ll be a good day for big beer lovers) so add that to your calendar.
  • Half Pints will be releasing it’s Barley Wine (Burlywine) for the first time since 2014. This will be on December 2nd and if you like Barley Wines, put it in your calendar.
  • Finally, 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.

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 – November 17th

Here are some things that have happened or will be soon happening in beer

  • Torque’s Rabbit Punch Black IPA seasonal is rolling out to Liquor Marts and Beer Vendors around town. Also, they’ve got a number of interesting small batch releases at their taproom. As that fast approaches be sure to follow them on twitter for specifics on release dates.
  • Nonsuch is going to be selling some Bottles (yes!). On November 17th from 4-10pm they will be selling limited quantities of their Saison in bottles at Barn Hammer (595 Wall Street). Details here. They also will have an Oud Brun on tap. Nonsuch has also put a new Tripel on at the Common at the Forks.
  • Surly is sending their Abrasive double IPA to Winnipeg. It is available at Quality Inn, Park West, and the Canad Inns Winnipeg locations. As well, the second of four “Embrace the Darkness” beers came out today. Furious Black IPA is available at select liquor marts and Quality Inn. Write-up here.
  • Finally from Surly we’ve got the latest from the Embrace the Darkness campaign. On November 18th Damien, son of darkness, will be at Liquor Marts and some beer vendors around town.

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  • An awesome sounding pop-up dinner, teeming with delicious craft cocktails, educational demonstrations, and of course, a specially crafted 3-course dinner for will be taking place at the Delta hotel downtown, 6:30 pmFriday November 24. Get your tickets at www.winnipegtastingtours.ca and hurry, we can only seat so many folks around our dinner table!  at the downtown Delta. Alex Weiss from TransCanada Brewing will be there giving a demonstration and pouring a beer cocktail.
  • Finally, so there is plenty of notice, Half Pints will be releasing it’s Barley Wine (Burlywine) for the first time since 2014. This will be on December 2nd and if you like Barley Wines, put it in your calendar.

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 – November 10th

Here are some things that have happened or will be soon happening in beer

  • Torque’s Rabbit Punch Black IPA seasonal is expected soon. Also, they’ve got a number of interesting small batch releases at their taproom. As that fast approaches be sure to follow them on twitter for specifics on release dates.
  • Stone Angel has released Mountjoy X, it’s new Irish Stout. You can get it at their taproom which is open today at 3:30pm.
  • Half-Pints has released their fantastic Double IPA Humulous Ludicrous which is available now at their tap room.
  • Nonsuch is finally going to be selling some Bottles. On November 17th from 4-10pm they will be selling limited quantities of their saison in bottles at Barn Hammer (595 Wall Street). Details here.
  • Surly is sending their Abrasive double IPA to Winnipeg. It should be available at Quality Inn, Park West, and the Canad Inns Winnipeg locations. As well, the second of four “Embrace the Darkness” beers came out today. Furious Black IPA is available at select liquor marts and Quality Inn. Write-up coming soon.
  • It’s almost the 3rd Wednesday of the month which means Barn Hammer‘s monthly Barn Raising is coming up. As well, Barn Hammer has a new Root Beer Stout test batch that is on today. Taproom opens at 4pm.
  • The Parallel 49 and Central City advent calendar – The Great White Wonder – is on sale now. Find it at liquor marts around the city.
  • Restaurants Canada, a non-profit group representing more than 30,000 food service professions, is seeking to level the playing field. They feel it is unfair that hotel vendors and some delivery services can sell booze offsite. Article here.
  • 35 year old Stony Mountain Resident Steve Hupe, is one of eight finalists in Innis and Gunn’s “imagine” beer contest. If his rye-Barrel aged Saskatoon berry saison gets enough votes he’ll travel to Scotland to brew the beer. Story here
  • Finally, so there is plenty of notice, Half Pints will be releasing it’s Barley Wine (Burlywine) for the first time since 2014. This will be on December 2nd and if you like Barley Wines, put it in your calendar.

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 – October 27th

Here are some things that have happened or will be soon happening in beer:

  • There will be an Introduction to Off-Flavours course on Tuesday, November 14th at 595 Wall Street (Hosted by Barn Hammer) with guest – BJCP certified judge and Cicerone Chris Miller (he’s awesome). More details and tickets can be found here.
  • The Craft Beer Advent Calendar has official been released. This years theme is “All-Star edition”. I imagine we can expect some of the best beers from the past calendars. I’ll be profiling each beer/brewery again this year so be sure to follow me and follow along starting December 1st. If you want one of your own or want to get one as a gift, quantities and locations are here.
  • Torque’s Rabbit Punch Black IPA seasonal is expect in November. As that fast approaches be sure to follow them on twitter for specifics on release dates.
  • One Great City has a new seasonal beer, a Neapolitan Milk Stout, that is available at their Brew Pub now. Torque, fresh off a variety of Pro/Am medal wins, has brought back their silver medal winning Mangoza! It’s a treat, so be sure to get out and try it. Stone Angel has a new Irish Stout coming soon. Be sure to follow them on twitter for details on release. Be sure to check their websites and twitter accounts for up to date info on the beers they have on tap.
  • Surly is sending their Abrasive double IPA to Winnipeg. It will be available this upcoming week at Quality Inn, Park West, and the Canad Inns Winnipeg locations.
  • The Beaus and Half Pints collaboration – Killer Kvass – launched officially yesterday. My writeup on this interesting beer is coming soon.

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 – October 20th

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Here are some things that have happened or will be soon happening in beer:

  • There will be an Introduction to Off-Flavours course on Tuesday, November 14th at 595 Wall Street (Hosted by Barn Hammer) with guest – BJCP certified judge and Cicerone Chris Miller (he’s awesome). More details and tickets can be found here.
  • The “Hunt for the Red October” featuring Nonsuch, Stone Angel, Half-Pints and Torque will be held on Monday October 23rd, 2017. This event brings together these four breweries in friend competition to see who has the best red/amber ale. More details and tickets can be found here.
  • Trans Canada Brewing Company is official open. Regular hours will be from 4-11pm Wednesday-Sunday. They’ve released a number of new beers and will have more on the way. Keep up to date with them here.
  • The Pro/Am brewing competition wraps up this weekend. With over 400 entries it is a large competition of home brewers and pros. The awards ceremony is open to the public and will be held tomorrow, October 21st, at the King’s Head Pub. It begins at 7pm.
  • One Great City has a new seasonal beer, a Baltic Porter, that is available at their Brew Pub now. Torque will also announced they were brewing a Belgian Quadruple which will be coming out in the future. Be sure to check their websites and twitter accounts for up to date info on the beers they have on tap.
  • The Craft Beer Advent Calendars will be coming out on October 27th. For quantities and locations check 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

-Beer Winnipeg