We Were There: Winnipeg Beer Festival

On Saturday, Aug. 19, more than 500 people gathered inside the walls of Fort Gibraltar for the inaugural Winnipeg Beer Festival. After attending, it’s safe to say the event will become an annual tradition.

For only $40, guests got to try 20 different beers from eight local brewers. Some were local standards, some were unique flavours brewed specifically for the event. All were delicious.

The OG of local brewing, Fort Garry Brewing was there.

So was Torque, who just celebrated their first anniversary.

And One Great City Brewing Co.

Little Brown Jug was there.

As was Half Pints Brewing Co.

And Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery.

Barn Hammer was reppin’ with Grandpa’s Sweater and Mellon Ballin.

And Peg Beer Co., who had G & T Gose and Life Coach ISA on tap.

But beer was just the beginning. The event also featured a live DJ, interactive voyageur games, 50/50 and tons of chances to win cash and other prizes. Oh, and it was all in support of KIDS Initiative.

There were also food samples from local vendors like Aschenti and liquor samples from Capital K Distillery.

And because you can’t have a beer festival without munchies, there was lots of food. Hummus, pitas, a massive vegetable platter and three kinds of poutine – regular, veggie or pulled pork. There were also food carts serving up delicious snacks.

At the end of the night, votes for Winnipeg’s favourite beer were tallied. And while Peg Beer Co., came out on top with their G & T Gose, we consider everyone who attended a huge winner.

We’re already counting down the days until Winnipeg Beer Festival 2018!


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