The Saskatchewan craft beer business is in the middle of some big and exciting changes as a lot is happening at Rebellion, Pile O’ Bones and Black Bridge.
We’ll start in Regina with Rebellion. The Dewdney Avenue based brewery’s third anniversary is quickly approaching and the new year could be the biggest one yet for Mark Heise and the gang. Recently, the brewery received a $330,000 grant from the federal and provincial governments through the Saskatchewan Lean Improvements to Manufacturing program. Rebellion will be using this money to not only install an exterior grain bin, which is great, but it will also help them install a canning system.
For us at Happy Hour, that means we’ll soon be able to carry even more Rebellion products. Whether you want to fill a growler, buy one of their specialty bottled products or just want a grab a can or two. We’ll have it all. We don’t have an official landing date for the new canned products (which will include their gluten-free Lentil Cream, as we get plenty of requests to carry it) but we imagine it will be in the next few months.
Before that, Rebellion also installed a fancy new filtration called a centrifuge. What this means is they can now produce cleaner, crisper beers. Who doesn’t love that?
In the heart of downtown Regina, Pile O’ Bones is taking their game to the next level. Over the weekend, Glenn Valgardson and the guys had the tricky task of getting some new huge tanks into their brewery. This would be difficult enough for most local brewers, but it’s an even bigger challenge for Pile O’ Bones since they are in the basement at O’Hanlons, so getting giant objects down there isn’t exactly the easiest process. They have plenty of pictures on their Facebook page to prove it.
The work will be worth it though as Regina’s youngest brewery will be able to increase their production to volumes they haven’t seen before. That means more beer will be available not only to us at Happy Hour but bars and restaurants across the area.
Last but certainly not least, Black Bridge in Swift Current is making a big change in how they sell their beer. Black Bridge has decided to make the switch from 355ml cans to 473ml, also known as the tall can. If you’ve ever checked out craft beer in other provinces, you already know that this is the most popular vehicle for bringing craft beer home. You’ve already seen it at Happy Hour too with our ever growing selection of individual tall cans so you can make your own pack of beer.
This change also means we’re going to change how you can buy Black Bridge from us. For the first time, we’ll be offering their cans for individual sale.
As they change cans, Black Bridge has also made a change to their core. Joining the Milk Stout, IPA! and Pseudo Lager in the variety pack will be their Wheat Burst.
It’s an exciting time to be a craft beer drinker in Saskatchewan as the relatively new scene continues to evolve. As it does, our promise to you is we’ll always have the best Saskatchewan brewers have to offer whether it’s on tap or in the fridge.