Each Saskatoon Brewery Tour experience has three hours, a city of breweries, and a few dozen mouthfuls of microbrew to swallow.
When you REALLY love local drinks a Saskatoon Brewery Tour experience makes building memories of microbrew easy.
Brewery tours are gaining in popularity across North America. People want to support passionate local producers and get to know the makers behind them. They also want to taste different flavours that won’t necessarily come on tap at your run-of-the-mill pub.
Most folks mistakenly believe that their beloved drink of choice is craft beer when it’s more likely owned by “big beer” corporations. But this isn’t an article on big beer vs. craft beer. Stops on the Saskatoon Brewery Tour are classified as microbreweries.
Psst… You can look up your fav beer here to see if it’s actually craft brewed.
You also have bourbon and gin tasting options for added variety. So go ahead and argue about which local brewer or distiller makes the best micro-sip – you have a chance to sample and rate them all with the founders of each company guiding your tour. That’s something a lot of other big city brewery tours simply can’t offer. Saskatoon’s small brewery owners are a passionate bunch!
Taste your way through the unique flavours concocted right here in the Paris of the Prairies. This is what you can expect while on a Saskatoon Brewery Tour.
Your driver will either pick you up from your home (private), or you can meet them at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (public) at the start of your tour. From there you’ll head out to three different microbreweries in and around Saskatoon.
Here’s what you can expect as you ride along on a Saskatoon Brewery Tour experience:
9 Mile Legacy Brewing Co.
What began as a nanobrewhouse in 2015 has grown to a space five times as big with a huge heart for the community of Riversdale. Co-founders Garrett and Shawn got the name from their family farms being located about 9 miles apart. Expect the same small-town vibe while on tour and enjoy light fare from their menu.
Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Award-winning head brewer and founder of Saskatchewan’s first microbrewery, Steve Cavan, fell into brewing after an early search produced no results for good craft beer in the early ‘90s. Paddock Wood eventually took off locally in 2004 after years of dabbling in mail-order grain and home brewing kit sales.
Currently, Paddock Wood’s “Heartstopper” chocolate stout is winning the best sample beer among Saskatoon Brewery Tour guests.
Crossmount Cider Co.
One sip and you’ll have a crush on dem apples! According to their website, Crossmount’s been supplying batches of Flatlander hard cider to Saskatchewan since 2016. They’re located just outside of town with enough room to grow into their own on-site apple orchard. For now, Crossmount gets all of their fruit from the Okanagan Valley in B.C., Canada. They wash, press, and ferment on site with many different flavours added for diversity.
Note: Crossmount is temporarily closed for tours due to increased production.
Steps Bourbon Lounge
While not a microbrewery, the folks at Steps Bourbon Lounge have over 30 kinds of American whiskey stocked and ready for tasting. Your bartender will walk you through how to sample straight liquor alongside a crafted cocktail. Plus, there’s plenty of smoked nuts to go around if you’re starting to feel peckish.
Prairie Sun Brewery
You might be greeted by a friendly golden retriever named Buddy as you walk through this stop. CEO and owner, Heather Williams, is originally from Colorado – a utopia for craft beer lovers. She joined forces with brew master, Cameron, who’s a born and raised Saskie (Humbolt) to start their own brewery in 2013. Prairie Sun has a full menu with pub fare.
High Key Brewing Co.
The newest stop on the Saskatoon Brewery Tour is already getting top grades from tour guests. High Key likes to talk about their notes of beers – get it? (I like puns.) Founder & President Madeline Conn was inspired by the Dallas craft beer scene. She and brewmaster Daniel Rommens moved back to their shared hometown of Saskatoon to build their dream together. They have plenty of games like giant Jenga and crokinole to play as you sip.
Black Fox Farm & Distillery
Home of the world’s best cask gin. Founders John and Barb are not only award-winning gin makers, but lifelong farmers. Black Fox Farm takes pride in growing over 90% of their ingredients on site. They have regular seasonal events where you can get hands-on with all that they grow.
Challenge: See if you can taste which one of three samples took home the top prize!
So, which three stops would you want to check out on your Saskatoon Brewery tour Experience?
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