Sip and sample Winnipeg-made beers
The Best Breweries in Winnipeg
Barn Hammer Brewing Co.
Craft beer culture is burgeoning in Winnipeg and on the forefront of the movement is Barn Hammer Brewing Co. The first tap room of its kind in the Chicago of the North, Barn Hammer offers a broad selection of year-round and seasonal brews, including Le Sneak Belgique Witbier and Grampa’s Sweater Oatmeal Stout.
Unfortunately for hop heads, what Barn Hammer doesn’t currently offer are tours of the facility – although, according to rumors, a tour is in the works.
Half Pints Brewing Company
Bring your growler and head to the west side of town to see what’s on tap at Half Pints Brewing Company. The company produces and bottles its own brews, and they’re happy to fill up your jug as well.
Depending on the season, thirsty visitors can sample Half Pints specialties like Bulldog Amber Ale, Mr. Peanut Butter’s Stout, and the Golden Brett, but sadly, a look behind the scenes is not currently available here either.
Fort Garry Brewing Co.
Located on the southwest edge of town near the IKEA, Fort Garry Brewing Co. is a staple in the Winnipeg craft beer scene. The extensive line, available on site and at retailers throughout the province, includes one-of-a-kind blends like Kona Imperial Stout, Happy Jack Pumpkin Ale, and the Naughty & Spiced Porter.
Choose from a wide variety of craft specialties
Best of all, the beer enthusiast in your group can get a look at the brewing process by scheduling a tour of the operations. Just call ahead and schedule a time.
PEG Beer Co.
The PEG Beer Co. is another local favorite. From its location at 125 Pacific Avenue in the historic East Exchange District, PEG serves up a selection of locally and regionally produced beers, as well as a few Belgian yeast strain-based brews of their own.
Order a flatbread or a board of charcuterie and stay a while, or if you’re on the run, grab a growler and savour your suds at home.
The most commercial of the breweries on this list, Barley Brothers is a popular place for Winnipeggers to grab a drink and a bite both. Most of the food fare is made up of unique takes on bar-food classics – try the Lobster Mac and Cheese, for instance – while a pint of Triple Berry Wheat is a popular drink order.
The Barley Brothers’ ever-evolving selection of more than 70 beers is available about both Winnipeg locations.
Torque Brewing Co.
Opened in July of 2016, the Torque Brewing Co. is one of the newest breweries to hit the scene. From their location on 30 King Edward St., near Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, in the St. James Industrial District, Torque boasts a broad selection of brews.
Tours are available upon request, and you can even buy some sweet Torque swag to remember your visit. T-shirts, hats, bottle openers – you name it.
Throw back a beer with friends in Winnipeg
Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery.
Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery is another of the newest to emerge. Founded in 2016, the kitchen and brewery inhabit the space formerly known to locals as the Round Table, south of downtown near the Red River – and visitors are sure to find its old-world European architecture to be perfectly fitting.
Come hungry – the food menu is packed with reimagined bar-food classics.
Grape & Grain
Inspired to brew your own yet? How about a foray into fermentation? Grape & Grain has you covered. There you’ll find fruit wine kits, beer kits, hops, malts, grains, liquid brewer’s yeast, cheese making supplies, and more.
Not quite confident you’re ready to go out on your own? Grape & Grain also offers onsite winemaking and beer brewing, where you pick your flavors and set the process into motion, then come back to savor the spoils of your labor and few days or weeks later.