Palisades, Pies and the best craft beer in Winnipeg. Inside historic Fort Gibraltar, the Winnipeg Beer Festival showcased the finest craft beer from our local brewers. Each one vying for the title of best beer of the festival.
With sold out tickets, Fort Gibraltar on Saturday night was home to the Winnipeg beer festival. Wrapped around the inside of the tall palisades, booths from local Winnipeg breweries, a Manitoba distillery and of course the always great lord of the pies. Inside the main building delicious fresh poutine and snacks were served all night for between our rounds of beer. Tasting tickets in hand we stroll around the booths, each offering two or three of their top beers. Dark, light, gose and even pumpkin, with all the great beer to try the 4 hours of the festival suddenly doesn't seem long enough.
First stop, One Great Brewing Company for a taste of with their Falcon blonde and, the beer that makes me want to check these guys out again the easy drinking Belgian Esprit. Next to Brazen Hall for their smooth caramel Amber Ale and Biere De Garde. Third stop Half pints for for a rich, smooth, dark and fruit explosion that is Black Galaxy.
Now a few beers in, as always it's time for a snack so inside the main hall for some poutine and veggie snacks. I'm not usually a fan of poutine but whether it was the atmosphere or the the great beer this one went down and treat and so did the next. After our fill up we are back out and onto our next stop the Capital K Distillery's who's espresso vodka although very good on its own, went great with Barn Hammers grandpa's sweater (he says in hopes of a collaboration between the two). Then for the strangest beer of the night for me, Fort Garry Brewing's Smoked Dunkel. Now I say strange but in a good way, a delicious beer with a definite taste of smoked Gouda, yes, smoked Gouda, and I have to say although strange at first I found I wanted to just keep drinking it and ended up quite liking it. What a journey of a beer.
Now to the beers/breweries that took top place of the night. Actually I have to hold on there and give The Lord Of The Pies a mention, who's amazing sweet potato pies kept me going even in the car ride home. A sure thing if you are looking for delicious buttery pastry wrapping warm and tasty fillings. Now, with some great beers Peg Co Brewing, Little Brown Jug and Torque Brewing took first, second and third place. As you know if you've read my last post on little brown jug they are one of my favorite beers of this summer but I have to say I am writing this post with my last glass of Peg Co G&T Gose (who got the large percentage of my voting bottle caps) looks like will need to be giving them another visit to pick up some more.
Most importantly the night seemed to be a great success and with the added extra of some Clou Donc to bolster the festivities, it was fun all round. Thanks to everyone who was a part of the festival and who organized it. I'm looking forward to see what next year has in store.
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.