Draft Beer ‘Growler Bars’ Open in Manitoba

Growler Bars
Tracy Jones fills up a growler jug at the Liquor Mart location on Kenaston Boulevard, Friday, October 24, 2014. (CHRISD.CA)

Local craft beer in refillable, to-go containers is now available in Manitoba.

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries has introduced “Growler Bars” at five Liquor Mart locations, featuring both core and seasonal listings from Fort Garry and Half Pints breweries.

“It’s no secret that Manitobans are beer enthusiasts,” said Ron Lemieux, minister responsible for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. “Our government is a strong supporter of our local brewers and the introduction of Growler Bars to the marketplace provides Manitobans with a new way to enjoy some fantastic craft beers.”

Growlers are commonly found at breweries and brewpubs across North America as a way to enjoy craft beer. The province says the pilot project will undergo a six-month test period before being made permanent.

Growler Bars are located at:

• Kenaston Crossing Liquor Mart
• St. Vital Square Liquor Mart
• Northdale Liquor Mart
• Spring Meadow Square Liquor Mart
• Brandon Victoria Liquor Mart
• Assiniboine Gordon Inn, Winnipeg
• Keystone Motor Inn, Brandon

Growlers of 1.89L/64 oz. in size are $4, plus the cost of the beer, which sells for just under $11.

Flavours will rotate approximately every four to six weeks and will be updated on the Liquor Marts’ website.

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