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:
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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