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Instagram Contest Winner

Leading up to Christmas we held an @thebrewschool Instagram contest for tickets to our second annual St. Patrick’s Stout education evening at the Irish Association of Manitoba this Saturday, February 9. Participants had to like and tag a friend for a chance to win two tickets (a $100 value) to our all-grain education evening which includes […]

A Better Way to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

There’s a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than by hoisting a pint of Ireland’s finest and toasting to your friend’s Slainte (good health). A pint of smooth and creamy Irish stout is a rare thing indeed, and no, we’re not talking about green beer either.

We’re talking about tapping into the makers movement and in one afternoon, equipping you with the tools, techniques and knowledge to make your very own batch of craft-beer, an authentic Irish stout that can and will be ready to roll out on your friends on St. Patrick’s Day.

Winnipeg’s Top Tap Rooms (and hall of shame)

Yes, in true Winnipeg fashion, we’ve jumped just in time to catch the tail end of the tap room band-wagon. Better late than never I guess and we’re certainly making up for lost time. In the last twelve months (give or take) we’ve seen some simply stellar places crack open their long-awaited doors and tap some kegs and with 20 tap-room or brewery permits up for approval, there’s plenty more on the horizon.

Here’s a breakdown of what we believe are the best (and worst) of them.

Flatlander’s Beer Festival is back. And it’s better!

For 12 years now, the Flatlander’s Beer Festival has been the premiere event for beer enthusiasts in Winnipeg and the surrounding area.

This unique public tasting event focuses on a wide range of incredible beers from some of the finest breweries in the world.

It seems there have indeed been some significant and some would say long overdue updates to the format of the Flatlander’s Beer Festival for 2014.


Winnipeg’s ten best pubs

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it was high time I revised my parade of pubs as outlined in Unleash Your Inner Leprechaun back in 2010, especially because a few have closed, and a few have opened since then.

Many establishments may claim the name pub, and are categorized as such on the likes of Yelp or Urbanspoon, but few truly deserve the title. Having grown up in England, and back there every two years to visit family, I’m willing to put my purple coloured passport on the line to authenticate the following:

Beer: Lions Winter Ale

I was delighted to discover Granville Island Brewing products creeping into our markets about a year ago. At first it was the the Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale, one of many I’d enjoyed at a tasting when I visited their eponymous Vancouver brewery a few years back. Then appeared their Robson Steet Hefeweizen, and subsequently the English […]

Scotch Tasting

Beaujena’s is well-known for their exquisite wine pairings and un-published menus. Now they’re flipping everything on its end with the announcement of a November 14 Scotch Tasting evening with the following menu: Blue cheese and mushroom crostini – just the thing to get your taste buds fired up. Quinoa aranchini – perhaps a bit Italian […]

Beer: Phil’s Pils

Well summer’s certainly at its peak, and if you’re going to beat the heat, there’s no better antidote than nice cold beer. I bounce around between IPAs, Wheat Beers (Hefeweizen) and Pilsners. Ever a lover of local fare, enter Half Pints Brewing with Phil’s Pils. Phil’s a real fellow. A real character, and a friend […]

Wine Wednesday: Ladybug Rosé

Malivoire Ladybug Rosé Niagara’s Malivoire Wine Company produces a number of excellent wines. The whites I’ve tried have been good, but are a little richer and more suited for cooler weather. But their “Ladybug” Rosé is perfect for one of those hot Winnipeg summer evenings. It’s a very Canadian blend of Cabernet Franc, Gamay and […]