Manitoba brewers unveil new beers

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I’ve been writing about beer for a few years now, and I’ve seen the local beer scene go from simply just Fort Garry and Half Pints to around 15 breweries! In this week’s column, I’m concentrating on two breweries that only started selling their beer in the past few weeks.

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This article was published 14/09/2018 (1436 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I’ve been writing about beer for a few years now, and I’ve seen the local beer scene go from simply just Fort Garry and Half Pints to around 15 breweries! In this week’s column, I’m concentrating on two breweries that only started selling their beer in the past few weeks.

First off, we have Winnipeg Brew Werks. I’ve talked about Winnipeg Brew Werks before — the owners of the brewery are Darren & Zoe Wanless and Bernie Wieland. Darren grew up in the Belmont and Wawanesa areas, while Bernie grew up in Brandon and Neepawa areas. Many of you will be familiar with Bernie’s work already as he created a lot of the beer recipes for Lake of the Woods Brewing out of Kenora, Ont., and Little Brown Jug (1919) out of Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Brew Werks currently only has one beer, a German-style pilsner, simply named “Pils” that I had the honour of being the first person to ever try. “Pils” is rated at 5.0 per cent ABV and is now available throughout Manitoba.

Pils pours a crisp, clear golden straw body with a light amount of carbonation. The aroma has a sweet, honey-like presence with a bit of crisp barley with a light grass hop profile and a touch of a bready profile to it. The taste is a sweet, honey-like aroma with a rich crisp prairie barley presence to it, there’s a light grassy hop presnce to it, and a light touch of bready dough taste at the end.

Available at the South End & 10th & Victoria Liquor Marts for $3.40 per 475 mL can (3.5/5 Pints)

Up next, and lastly, we have Barn Hammer Brewing. Barn Hammer was the first brewery to open up in Manitoba since 2006, brewing out of an amazing brewery out of Wall Street, right next to Polo Park. Barn Hammer has had some of their products (mainly meads) available for purchase here in Brandon, and their beer has been for purchase in growler form, but this is the very first time that Barn Hammer’s beer is available permanently. Many of Barn Hammer’s beers are available here in Brandon including their Belgian witbier, Oatmeal stout, red ale and double IPA.

I’m proud to see Barn Hammer in Brandon so I decided to do a review of their Saturday Night Lumber Jack IPA. The Saturday Night pours a rich honey brown ale with a light amount of carbonation to it. The aroma is a very caramel-forward aroma with notes of pine, and a bit of a tropical pineapple presence to it. The flavour profile gives off a sweet, caramel ale with a moderate piney hop bitterness, good amount of sweetness, and a lingering tropical hop presence at the end.

Barn Hammer’s Saturday Night Lumber Jack IPA at the 10th & Victoria Liquor Mart for $3.95 per 473 mL can at the 10th & Victoria Liquor Mart!

4/5 Pints

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