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Taps at The Common by author Debbie Ristimaki

A Beer for Every Season and Taste

Winnipeg’s craft beer scene continues to evolve, with taprooms spread around the city. There are so many options that Tourism Winnipeg has created a handy tool to help you choose a brewery!

To tempt your palate, here are a few taprooms to consider:

Nonsuch Brewing Co.

Nonsuch Brewing Co. is a recent addition to the Winnipeg craft beer scene, having opened in October 2018. Located in the heart of the Exchange District, this relaxed brasserie offers patrons a choice of seven different beers on tap. Choices range from a Belgian Blonde, described as a golden-coloured ale with light grain aromas, to La Molière, a pilsner designed in collaboration with Winnipeg’s own Théâtre Cercle Molière.

To help you enjoy your brew, limited snacks are available for purchase. You’re also invited to bring in your own food or place an order through Skip The Dishes.

125 Pacific Avenue
Tuesday to Saturday, 4 to 11 pm

Stone Angel Brewing Co.

If hints of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger are more to your liking, then Nollaig might just be up your alley. This winter ale is a creation of Stone Angel Brewing Co., which joined the Winnipeg scene in 2017. Nollaig is just one of the 12 choices currently on tap.

And for the adventurous, a small amount of an experimental beer is released every Saturday. They also have a generous happy hour all day Sunday, and from Wednesday to Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30. Stop by, and consider posing for a selfie with the mascot in the taproom. (With a name like that, how could they resist?)

Stone Angel Brewing shares its space with two other promising breweries—Devil May Care and Kilter. A selection from each is also available on tap.

1875 Pembina Highway, Unit 9
Wednesday and Thursday, 3:30 to 10 pm
Friday, 12 to 11 pm
Saturday, 12 to 11 pm
Sunday, 2 to 6 pm

Little Brown Jug

Located in what was originally the livery stable for city hall, Little Brown Jug has become a popular spot on the edge of the Exchange District. Those interested in the brewing process can sit back, enjoy a drink and watch the brew masters at work in the open-concept space.

Little Brown Jug, Craft Beer, Exchange District, 300 Main Downtown Winnipeg Apartments

Little Brown Jug’s signature ale is the 1919 Belgian pale ale, which is brewed using the German double-fermentation technique. Kegs are available for rent (or bring your own) and growlers can be refilled.

Snacks are available, and you’re welcome to order in food.

Here’s a bit of trivia for you—“1919” is named in homage to Winnipeg’s famous general strike of 1919.

336 William Avenue
Tuesday to Thursday, 12 to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday, 12 to 11 pm
Sunday, 12 to 5 pm

Looking for a little diversity in your beverages? No problem.

The Common

A casual spot at the heart of The Forks, The Common offers patrons a regularly updated selection of about 20 different beers, available by the glass or flight.

Food is available from kiosks with options for everyone.

1 Forks Market Road
Monday to Thursday, 11:30 am to 9 pm (or later)
Friday and Saturday, 11:30 am to 11 pm (or later)
Sunday, 11:30 am to 8 pm

Smith Restaurant

Looking for a night out? Foodies should consider Smith Restaurant for its full dinner menu and late-night menu for the after-dinner crowd. The lounge also frequently hosts live music.

Beer lovers will appreciate its variety of options—both of beer and brewery. Luther’s Folly (Stone Angel Brewing), What the Helles Lager (Torque Brewing), and Little Scrapper IPA (Half Pints Brewing) are just three of the local craft beers currently on tap. Flights are also available, so you can mix and match any four beers.

Inn at the Forks, 75 Forks Market Road
Reservations are available by calling 204-944-2445

Of course, Manitoba’s own Liquor Marts offer a selection of both local and Canadian craft beers. Online shopping with home delivery is available.

So, whether you consider yourself to be a beer aficionado or neophyte, the depth and breadth of Winnipeg’s craft beer scene will surprise you. There’s a beer for every taste and to top it off, tons of places to explore the sudsy best Winnipeg has to offer.


Have you tried any stand-out local beers lately? Let us know in the comments!