In the corner of an old livery on the edge of the exchange district in Winnipeg there is a taproom. It's the taproom and brewery of Little Brown Jug Brewing and their beer 1919. They opened their doors in December 2016 with a single offering. It's not the safe and simple american ale that so many breweries fall into but a rich light brown Belgian pale ale made in the traditional German kräusening (double fermentation) technique.
Friendly service, great beer and tasty food are some of the things you'll find at this great historic, industrial and hip brewery but more than anything you are guaranteed to find a beer you like. With a huge spread of offerings and new brews emerging every few weeks the Rhombus Guys Brew Co are going full steam ahead into the craft beer scene.
With a happy clink our beer flights are placed down in front of us. A mixture of deliciously named beers of all kinds picked out by Kevin who's knowledge of the beers he is putting down is only second to the cheerful passion he show as he tells us about what he has chosen and the order best to try them. We are having a snack and tasting at the Fargo Brewing Company and this is a good start.
As the rain drips off my hood I push open the door of the unassuming shop front of Drekker Brewing Company and to my surprise I'm greeted by the wide open space. Tables filled with people enjoying their beers. Some laughing, some eagerly await the live band setting up and others in serious contemplation of a new beer they are trying. I meander up to the bar that wraps around to the brewing floor and stand their mulling over the diverse choice of beer in their line up. People sit, stand and buzz around the bar ordering and asking question then when its my turn the cheerful bartender puts me on track with a delicious sour beer.
When ever I pick up up bottle from flying monkeys brewery with its colorful name and psychedelic label i feel a little warm and fuzzy. When I moved to Canada for the UK, flying monkeys was the first Canadian craft brewery I ever visited. In Barrie, Ontario for work we wandered around and found a fantastic brewery doing insane things tucked into a brick building down the road form the local pub. The staff were more than friendly and could wait to tell us about the beer and the brewing and pretty much anything we asked. We grabbed some hoptical illusion for the road and a flying monkey bottle opener went on our beery way.
To say that local craft beer (formally the honey wagon) has interesting directiona is a fair understatement. Sitting in the the local ostrich burger joint in Tehatchapi, California the server recants the directions to the brewery, "Second left, over the train tracks, first left then go to the end and there is an alley, drive down the alley and park at the 2nd or 3rd warehouse then it's the second door on the left, I think". As she scribbled a map on a napkin it was settled, time to go on an adventure to find the local brewery.