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Lentils Help Rebellion Take Brewery To The Next Level

Exciting times are ahead for the Saskatchewan craft beer scene as the industry continues to evolve in our fair province.

Last week, Rebellion Brewing out of Regina pulled off what is considered a “Christmas miracle” when they were able to get cans of their amber ale and the ever popular lentil cream ale on shelves before the big day. This marked the first time that some of Rebellion’s everyday selections were available beyond a growler fill or a pint at the bar.

“It’s a big deal for us, we weren’t sure when we would be able to have cans,” said co-owner Mark Heise.

Like most local brewers, Rebellion started small and has been building up their business ever since. One way they’ve been able to take their business to the next level was taking a chance on a beer that didn’t really exist anywhere before.

A few years ago, Heise was approached by his cousin, who works in the lentil business, wondering if they would able to produce a beer with his pulse.

“I didn’t think that sounded very good. My cousin was persuasive and we gave it a go,” said Heise.

“It’s very unique, it’s very innovative to be using lentils in a beer. It made sense to do it, though. Lentils are of course a big part of the economy here in Saskatchewan. Rebellion is all about being unique and different. (We’re) also trying to walk the walk and talk the talk with the community angle.”

Good thing Heise and his team did as not only did the beer turn out really well, it took off like wildfire in Saskatchewan. The first small batch the brewery ever produced went out the door pretty quick. Since then, the beer has not only been added to the breweries line of core products, it’s actually become their number one selling beer.

“We had literally zero expectations. We brewed 40 litres of this beer to start with. I thought it would be the only 40 litres we would make,” said Heise.

“A lot of craft beer is targeted more to urban markets. It’s been awesome, there’s been an overwhelming response from rural folks, farmers, pulse crop growers. (They’ve) really embraced it.”

Rebellion worked with, among others, AGT Foods to develop the beer and source the lentils. Because the beer has become so popular, AGT has taken the recipe to another place where they do business, Australia, and bottled the beer for consumers there. The beer included a generic version of the Rebellion hop logo on the label.

Rebellion lentil cream and amber ale cans are now available at Happy Hour in four packs and singles. Rebellion is hoping to release their IPA and oatmeal stout in cans later this winter.

Saskatchewan's Craft Beer Industry Ready For Take Off

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.