Microbreweries are a dime a dozen throughout North America, but The Farmery Brewery just north of Winnipeg Manitoba is something a little special.
Chris Warwuruk his brothers were raised on a grain farm in Manitoba. They came to Winnipeg for college and stayed to operate a restaurant. But they are farmers at heart and wanted to express their love of the land and lifestyle in the products they serve.
The result is The Farmery Estate Brewery. Not unlike estate wineries that grow the grapes for their wine, the Warwuruk brothers raise the hops and grain needed for beer and then brew it just a few steps away. Complete with tasting room, the Warwuruk brothers believe theirs is the first estate brewery in North America.
A Beer Made for the Farmer in All of Us
The Farmery label features a traditional red barn and tractor tires. Theirs was an Allis Chalmers farm, which, for those uninitiated, means the tractors and other farm equipment were a reddish-orange color. Therefore, the Farmery’s packaging and marketing is in a similar reddish-orange. Personally, I prefer John Deere green with yellow accents, but it’s not my brewery.
Bruce and I raised a glass with Chris over a slice of poutine pizza. We talked a bit about agri-technology, yields per acre and the lack of respect endured by most family farmers. We told him how excited we were for the brewery, but were bummed to learn that Farmery beer is not available in the U.S., nor in most of Canada.
So, a road trip back to Winnipeg? Yep, we’re thinking about.