From a province that has produced malted barley for years, it may come as a bit of a surprise that craft brewing had only just exploded but, it only makes sense with the demand for a tasty craft brew and the huge craft brewing revolution world-wide. All it takes is malt, hops, yeast and water with a bit of passion and voila-- A lovingly crafted beer. Here are a few choice breweries to be on the lookout for:
1. Bushwakker Brewpub, Regina - Started in 1991, this brewpub is one of the oldest in the province. It was started by Bev Robertson, a physics professor who discovered Dortmunders and premium pilsners while on sabbatical in Germany and ventured to create the same brews back in Regina. The Bushwakker serves up delicious pub fare that you can pair with one of their brews and is also home to ALES Club (Ales and Lagers Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan), who have inspired homebrewers to branch out with their craft. Try one of their their signature brews such as Palliser Porter or one of their specialty beers such as the wildly popular Blackberry Mead which is only released at Christmas. People line up in frigid temperatures for it!
2. Paddock Wood Brewing Co., Saskatoon - This microbrewery, started in 2003, has the designation of being the first one in Saskatchewan. Steven Cavan started the brewery for the same reasons as Robertson – the search for a tastier brew. Try a London Porter or a 606 IPA at the Woods Ale House in downtown Saskatoon or stop by the brewery to have your growler filled with special offerings there.
3. Prairie Sun Brewery, Saskatoon – Heather Williams found herself on the prairies with an established love for beer coming from the one of the craft brew meccas- Colorado. She joined Saskatchewan native, Cameron Ewen and started Prairie Sun Brewery in 2013. You can stop by and fill a growler of one of the regulars on tap such as the Prairies Lily Lager or Crazy Farm Ale along with a variety of special seasonal brews.
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