On Tap: 20 Breweries and Distilleries across Saskatchewan
Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? At Saskatchewan’s many breweries and distilleries, you’ll find award-winning spirits, crisp ciders, ales brewed with locally grown ingredients, as well as an overall level of quality born from passion and commitment to craft.
Black Fox Farm & Distillery was started by John Cote and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote with the intent of connecting people to agriculture. The Cotes grow 90 per cent of their ingredients on the farm. Acres of fresh fruit, flowers and grains are harvested and distilled into award-winning gin, whisky and liqueurs. Book a tour of the farm, just a short drive from Saskatoon, and sample a spirit or liqueur in the tasting room.
Head to Regina’s Warehouse District and enjoy a locally made brew and a bite to eat. Over the last few years, the city’s craft brewing scene has become an attraction all its own. Award-winning Bushwakker Brewpub serves its signature beers with next-level pub grub.
9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company was named after the nine-mile stretch between the founders’ family farms. Several of the beers on offer are brewed in collaboration with restaurants, sports teams, event organizers and other breweries. In 2023, the brewery has plans for expansion and a new location.
Established in 2018 in the restored historic armoury building in North Battleford, Armoury Brewing Company is described as having a great atmosphere and great beer. Fill a growler or sit in for a pint or flight in its taproom.
Nokomis Craft Ales does one thing and one thing only: make simple and staggeringly good ales with quality ingredients. The Nokomis Brown Ale, with its blend of sweetness and roasted barley flavours, is a testament to the sheer craft that goes into craft beer. Fill your growler at the brewery in Nokomis, or enjoy its beers at restaurants and bars across the province.
Close to Regina’s downtown, Malty National Brewing Corp. has its assortment of creative brews on offer. The micro-brewery specializes in small-batch IPAs, stouts and unusual ales. Check out its taproom and try a sample.
Established in 2016, Crossmount Cider Company has grown into the largest craft cider company on the Prairies, producing hard apple cider from 100 per cent Canadian apples. Tour the apple and pear orchard and taste six delicious flavours of cider. Find it at pubs and liquor stores around the province, or visit the cidery for tastings and tours.
High Key Brewing Co. makes traditional ales and porters, with surprising seasonal beers like the Pomegranate Pale Ale. Find High Key’s brews at bars, restaurants and liquor stores across the province, or visit its new taproom on 23rd Street E.
Rebellion Brewing Co. believes that drinking great beer can make you a rebel. If that’s true, then Rebellion’s beers will have you calling for anarchy in no time flat. Its inventive brewers are always coming up with something new with limited seasonal offerings.
On Broadway Avenue, Prairie Sun Brewery has a reputation for excellent beer made with Saskatchewan-influenced flavours. Its beers are a series of unconventional and flavourful brews that will expand both your mind and your palate.
Curious about the story behind this Saskatoon distillery’s name? Hint: It has to do with a winning lottery ticket. Spend an evening with friends at an event, take a cocktail class or tour the 15,000-sq. ft. facility and sample some Lucky Bastard Distillers products, including cocktail-ready spirits, liqueurs and bitters.
Bandits Distilling Inc. produces a range of spirits including vodka, gin and 12 flavours of moonshine. Visit the locally owned and operated craft distillery near Weyburn for a tasting tour.
Shelter Brewing Company labels itself as a “nano brewery,” with four core brews and three rotating taps available at its warm and inviting taproom on 2nd Avenue in downtown Saskatoon. Shelter’s beer is only sold from its taproom, so take the time to drop by and try a glass, or purchase some cans to go. Have a taco or three while you’re there – drinking can be hungry work.
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. was established in 2002, and is one of Saskatchewan’s first major microbreweries. Its unique and refreshing brews can be found bottled, canned and on-tap in liquor stores and restaurants across the province. Stop by the brewery for a chat and a case of beer!
One of Saskatoon’s newest distilleries, Stumbletown Distilling boasts the first vodka made with 100 per cent locally grown Saskatchewan purple wheat. Its full-service cocktail bar showcases the unique variety of spirits it produces. Pick up a bottle at the distillery during a tour or tasting, or find Stumbletown at liquor stores across the province.
Located in the Warehouse District, District Brewing Co.’s tasting room is the perfect place to sample its craft beers or tour the facility for a first-hand look at the brewing process.
Identical twin brothers opened Better Brother Brewing Co. in the City Park neighbourhood in 2020. With floor-to-ceiling windows in the taproom, patrons can catch a glimpse of the brewing process. Pair your favourite beer with something from its light fare menu.
Homebound Brewery Inc. in Warman is 100 per cent brewer-owned and operated. Sip on one of its small-batch craft beers in the cosy taproom, on the patio or take some brews to go.
Specializing in small-batch craft beers, 21st Street Brewery blends tradition, creativity and boldness to produce an unmatched selection of local brews. Stop by the brewery, based out of the Hotel Senator in downtown Saskatoon, and enjoy a cold glass straight from the tap.
Located near Moose Jaw, Honey Pot Distillery is a family-owned beehive-to-bottle micro-distillery and pub. It serves vodka and whikie (unaged whisky) spirits made from the honey produced by its hardworking bees. It offers a unique and cosy atmosphere, cocktails and a full menu of delicious appetizers and smoked meats.
*Remember to drink responsibly and always plan a safe ride home.
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