Microbreweries and Distilleries in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Microbreweries and Distilleries in Winnipeg, Manitoba
* The information below was accurate before the pandemic shutdown. Please check with each company to determine when they are re-opening for tastings and if anything has changed.
You may know that the distillery that makes all of the Crown Royal Whiskey for Diageo is located 1 hour north of Winnipeg in Gimli, Manitoba. Unfortunately, they do not offer tours or tastings.
The Manitoba Government recently implemented some financial incentives to help create new microbreweries and distilleries and, in our opinion, it has been a great success so far.
Most of these places have tasting rooms where you can purchase flights of samples.
Some offer guided tours and free samples in hopes that you buy a bottle or two.
Some offer a limited food menu and entertainment as well to encourage you to hang around and buy the drinks directly from them.
In some cases, they have limited production recipes that you can only try at their tasting room.
We strongly recommend that Winnipeggers try some of these alcoholic beverages to support the local economy. They are as good as or better than most National brands.
Visitors to Winnipeg should try to experience some great Winnipeg-made beers and spirits, many of which are only available in Manitoba.
Many local Winnipeg restaurants will serve these local products, so you don’t have to go to the tasting rooms if you don’t have time.
Some of these businesses even give you the option to order the alcohol to be delivered to you.
Craft beers are delicious and becoming very popular around the world. When we travel, we usually try to order a local craft beer made wherever we are.
The following microbreweries do not have free or regular scheduled public tours and charge for samples in their tasting rooms:
- Barn Hammer Brewing,
- Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery,
- Devil May Care Brewing,
- Kilter Brewing,
- Lake of the Woods Brewing Company (offers tours for $12),
- Little Brown Jug Brewing,
- One Great City Brewing,
- Sookrams Brewing,
- Stone Angel Brewing,
- Torque Brewing, and
- Trans Canada Brewing.
The oldest microbrewery in Manitoba is Fort Garry Brewing, which started in 1930. It is no longer locally owned. They don’t have a tasting room, but we have seen signs on their property indicating that they are building one. Kevin really likes their Fort Garry Dark English Mild Ale.
Our favourite microbrewery is Half Pints Brewing, which has free tours on Saturdays with free samples during and after the tour. Half Pints also has a tasting room to purchase more of their many delicious beers such as St. James Pale Ale and Little Scrapper IPA on tap or buy some bottles, growlers or kegs to bring home.
La Brasserie Nonsuch Brewing’s tasting room is more like a lounge with a cool modern vibe and lots of seating to enjoy flights of their products like ale, Belgian blonde, chambiere (sparkling beer), pilsner, porter, saison, sours, stout, and tripel. This venue has a cosmopolitan vibe where you would want to hang out with friends for the night.
Winnipeg Brewery Tours
If you are driving with a designated driver or taking a taxi or ride share, we suggest you visit these breweries in groups based on their location. In that case, you would probably want to do 3 trips as follows:
Trip 1 – West locations – Barn Hammer, Devil May Care, Half Pints, One Great City, Torque.
Trip 2 – Central locations – Kilter, Lake of the Woods, Little Brown Jug, Nonsuch
Trip 3 – South locations – Brazen Hall, Sookrams, Stone Angel, Trans Canada
I also found several Winnipeg tour operators that offer tours of the breweries, in which case you wouldn’t have to worry about having a designated driver or getting lost. Check out these options:
- Winnipeg Trolley Company Brewery Tours,
- Breakaway Experiences Winnipeg Brewery Tour, and
- Winnipeg Tasting Tours – Original Microbrewery Tour – Brews Cruise.
Capital K Distillery, Manitoba’s first family owned and operated producer of craft spirits such as Vodka, Rye, and Gin, offers a tour & tasting (no food service) for $5 with a $5 credit towards any purchase. Capital K won big at the Canadian Artisian Spirit Competition in 2019, including Gold, Best in Class for Tall Grass Dill Pickle Vodka and Gold with distinction for Tall Grass Gin.
Patent 5 Distillery has free tours, free samples and sells Charcuterie boards and cocktails made from their Gin and Vodka in their elegant old-fashioned tasting room in the Exchange District. We recommend you try one of their Gins. American Distilling Institute awarded Patent 5 the Gold Medal, Best of Class and Best of Category for its Vodka and a Silver Medal, Best of Category for its Navy Strength Gin in 2020.
Wineries and Meaderies
Shrugging Doctor is creating some innovative products. It also has a lounge that serves their wines, meads, sangria and ciders.
In 2019, Bee Boyzz Honey & Meadery opened Manitoba’s first and only bee-to-bottle meadery, creating traditional, melomel, and metheglin meads with their own honey and locally sourced fruit. Unfortunately, they don’t have a tasting room yet, so you’ll have to pick it up at the liquor store.
Kevin & Tina
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This is a very interesting post! If I ever am lucky enough to visit Canada I know where to go 😊
We hope you can safely visit Canada and Winnipeg soon. We have great nightlife, restaurants, natural beauty. This article also points out that there are many microbreweries in Winnipeg and a few distilleries in Winnipeg for those that love a spirit like gin or vodka and especially those who love craft beer.
This a very interesting post. I would love to visit Canada. I miss traveling so much 😔
Thanks for sharing
You would love Canada. The foods and alcohol is probably very different from where you come from. You should really try products from some of the breweries in Winnipeg and distilleries in Winnipeg if you can’t travel here to do some tastings in their tasting rooms.
Jodie | That Happy Reader
You’ve really created a lot for me to do when I come to Winnipeg! I will definitely check out these places on my trip! Thanks again for sharing.
That’s the idea. There are many great things to do in Winnipeg that the world doesn’t know about, including going to tasting rooms at the great microbreweries in Winnipeg and award-winning distilleries in Winnipeg. We hope you can check them out safely soon.
Mind Beauty Simplicity
I will add Canada to places to visit once we can travel again. I love trying out different breweries and distilleries
That’s a good plan.
We hope you pass through Manitoba so you can check out the microbreweries in Winnipeg, distilleries in Winnipeg, and other great things to do in Winnipeg, Manitoba. You will have a great experience.
Canada has been on my list to travel to for a while now. That’s an awesome thing to do. I’m glad it’s successful so far.
The government support and incentives have helped the distilleries and microbreweries in Winnipeg succeed and thrive and produce some excellent beer and alcoholic spirits. We hope you can sample some in their tasting rooms one day.
Matt Two Tickets To
These sound absolutely brilliant. Love a good microbrewery, we’re lucky to have quite a few on our doorstep over here. Sounds like you’ve got a fantastic selection to choose from in Winnipeg – will definitely need to check out a couple if we find ourselves over that way.
You will love the microbreweries in Winnipeg. There are only a few distilleries in Winnipeg, but they are award-winning and delicious too. We hope you visit us someday.
Great post! I hope to visit Canada one day and now I know where to go! Thanks 😃
For sure. You should visit Winnipeg to do all of the amazing things to do in Winnipeg including sampling the products of the amazing distilleries and microbreweries in Winnipeg.