News & Events
Flatlander’s Beer Fest Takes Place June 2 and 3
Flatlander’s beer festival is back this June 2nd and 3rd at Canada Life Centre. We’re so excited to bring you over 75 samples of beer and ready-to-drink beverages from all across Canada, including some brand new products that have never been available in Manitoba until now. Get your tickets at Ticketmaster and at Winnipeg Liquor Marts.
Hard T Vodka Iced Teas are Here
Hard T vodka iced teas are now available in Manitoba. They come in three refreshing flavours including lemon, peach, and raspberry. Made with just a hint of sweet, no preservatives, and only 100 calories they are sure to keep you feeling cool all summer long. Find them as singles, or in a mix pack, at your favorite craft-friendly vendors today!
Clubcar Sparkling Vodka Cocktails Now Available in Manitoba
CLUBCAR all natural canned vodka cocktails have just been released for sale in Manitoba! Try their four refreshing flavours including Sea Breeze, Berry Crush, Peach Melba, and Pineapple Mojito. Available as single cans, or in a tasty mix pack.
Cowbell Brewing Now Available Across Manitoba
We’re excited to announce that Cowbell Brewing from Blyth, Ontario can now be enjoyed in your own backyard, at the cottage, or watching the game at a friend’s place. Cowbell premium craft beer, cocktail-inspired vodka-based seltzers, and tequila seltzers are now available across Manitoba at Liquor Marts and craft-friendly beer vendors.
From Port Moody to Manitoba, We Bring You Moody Ales & Co
From Brewers Row in Port Moody to your backyards and living rooms, Moody Ales is in the business of coming together over a cold one. Find a wide selection of their great beer now available in select Manitoba beer vendors.
Nicelife Cocktail Company Offers Bold, Premium Cocktails to Manitobans
Manitobans can now get their hands on Nicelife’s bold, premium spirit cocktails made with real fruit juice. These high-end cocktails are pre-mixed and ready to drink anywhere you go. Find them at your favorite craft-friendly beer vendors.
Bali Water Brings the Tropical Flavours of Bali to Manitoba
Within the lush jungle of Bali their unique flavor was found. Bali Water brings you a refreshing blend of premium rice vodka, lightly carbonated spring water, and vine-ripened tropical fruit juices. Now available in Manitoba in three amazing flavours – Coconut Water, Watermelon and Pineapple. With no sugar added or artificial flavours you can enjoy these like a guilt-free Vacation In A Can!
Flatlander’s Beer Festival is Back In-Person
It’s been a long three years without it, which is why we are so pumped to announce that Flatlander’s Beer Festival is back live and in-person this year, taking place June 17 and 18 at the Canada Life Centre. Tap & Rail is excited to bring you a huge selection of brand new beer, ciders, seltzers and RTD (ready-to-drink) cocktails from all across Canada to sample and enjoy. Get your tickets before they’re gone.
Container Brewing Comes to Manitoba Craft Beer Stores
After a great visit earlier this year to Container Brewing, based out of East Vancouver, we knew we had to bring their unique and tasty beer to Manitoba. We’re excited to say you can now find a wide selection of their unique offerings such as Manifest Hazy Pale Ale, Forty Footer West Coast IPA, and Origin NEIPA in craft-friendly Manitoba beer stores.
Launching Two Virtual Flatlander’s Tasting Boxes
We’re excited to launch two Tap & Rail Festival Mixer packs as part of the Flatlander’s Virtual Beer Festival. One pack is a Summer Mixer with a variety of light, easy-drinking beer, and the other is an IPA Mixer. Each pack contains a tasting guide with details on each of the six exclusive beer – all of which have never been in Manitoba before! Each beer also has a virtual tasting video created by the brewery which is available for you to watch on demand. The packs are now available at Manitoba Liquor Marts and select craft-friendly vendors. Enjoy!
Nickel Brook Brewing Company Scores Silver at Canadian Brewing Awards
A big congrats to our friends at Nickel Brook Brewing Company for winning silver at the 2020 CBAs in the category of Wood and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer. Uncertainty Principle No. 6 is a tangy and tart sour that was fruited with red currants and cherries and barrel aged. While it’s gone now, Uncertainty Principle No.7 will not disappoint either with it’s bright flavor and notes of ginger, lemon, and orange.
Parallel 49 Brewing Takes Home both Bronze and Gold at Canadian Brewing Awards
Congratulations to Parallel 49 for winning both a bronze award for Profondo Rosso in the Belgian-Style Sour Ale category, and a gold award for Filthy Dirty scoring the highest in the American Style India Pale Ale category at the 2020 Canadian Brewing Awards!
Manitoba Finally Gets a Taste of Strathcona Beer
After visiting Strathcona Beer Company last year in Vancouver, we knew we had to share these brands with our craft beer friends back home. We’re excited to announce that Strathcona Beer Company is now available in Manitoba. Enjoy a Big Sexy Funk, Beautiful Mosaic Pale Ale, and a Get Down IPA today!
Now Bringing You More of the Nickel Brook Beer You Know & Love
Nickel Brook Brewing based out of Burlington, Ontario has crafted a reputation as one of the most exciting breweries in the country. Their award-winning core brands, Cause & Effect Blonde, Naughty Neighbour APA, and Head Stock IPA continue to grow as some of the most popular craft beers in Ontario, and soon in Manitoba too!
Turn it up! Boombox Brewing comes to Manitoba
There’s never a dull release from Boombox Brewing. Based out of Vancouver, we’re so excited to be bringing their Juicy AF IPA, Arcade Glow Pale Ale, Secret Galaxies IPA, and Midnight Train Milk Chocolate Coconut Stout to Manitoba. Their can art is as great as the beers themselves. They are flying off the shelves, so pick ’em up while you can!
Oktoberfest Takes Over Club Regent Casino
September 28, 2019 – Join us for Oktoberfest at Club Regent Casino. Two shows full of traditional German food, music, and of course over 100 different beer to sample. We’re excited to be serving up Brock Street, District, Odin, Parallel 49, Postmark, Sleeping Giant, Spectrum and Whitewater. Join us for the afternoon show from 1-4 pm or come for the night sampling from 7-10 pm.
Whitewater Brewing Takes Gold Twice at Ontario Brewing Awards
Big shout-out to our friends at Whitewater Brewing for taking home two gold awards at the 2019 Ontario Brewing Awards. Class V won Gold for best Pale Commonwealth Beer and Farmer’s Daughter won Gold for the best Pale American Ale! We’re so proud of these big wins by Whitewater and congratulate all the winners of this year’s awards!
Lake of Bays Spark House Wins Gold at Ontario Brewing Awards
A huge congratulations goes out to Lake of Bays Brewing for winning gold at the Ontario Brewing Awards for their Spark House Red Ale. Spark House has long been a favorite of ours with the delicious caramel smell and flavours of roasted grain and toffee with that subtle smoky note. So popular at Brew at the Zoo this weekend that we ran out before the night was over. They also took home Bronze in the Strong American Ale category with Flight Plan.
Join Us for Brew at the Zoo
September 13, 2019 – Brew at the Zoo is back for another year! We’re hoping to avoid the rain by hosting it earlier than previous years. Good news is, we’ll still have tons of beer samples from Brock Street, District, Haus, Lake of Bays, Odin, Parallel 49, Postmark, Sleeping Giant, Spectrum and Whitewater. The food trucks will be out in full force, there will be live music, and giant games like beer pong, corn hole, and ladder ball! Get your tickets online here!
Flatlander’s Beer Festival
Flatlander’s Beer Fest takes place Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at Bell MTS Place. Come visit us at booths 16, 37-44, and 76 to try some new festival exclusive beers, or rediscover an old favorite. Cheers!
Summer Beer Sampler with Pints & Growlers Podcast
When we got invited to be a guest on the Pints & Growlers Podcast, we thought about what beer we should bring to sample and talk about. It was an easy decision, we brought every beer. Okay, not every beer, but we brought one from each of the craft brewing companies that we are so proud to represent here in Manitoba. We chose some of the newer summer seasonals, alongside some tried and true classics. It was a blast hanging out and talking beer with Kevin & Bryan. Listen to the episode here!
Tap & Rail Partners with Parallel 49 Brewing
We are so excited to announce that we will now be representing Parallel 49 Brewing in Manitoba. You are likely already very familiar with some of their great beer such as Jerkface 9000, Trash Panda, Hillbilly Ninja, Ruby Tears and more. We are already working to bring a wider variety of their great products to the Manitoba market, so stayed tuned for exciting new announcements.
Mixed Berry Sparkling Wit is Here for the Summer
The Mixed Berry Sparkling Belgian Wit from Brock Street Brewing is here for the summer! Fresh field berries, hibiscus flowers, malted Canadian wheat and Belgian yeast create this truly unique, refreshingly tart beer! This flavorful seasonal release will be available in Manitoba Liquor Marts and local beer vendors all summer.
Make Your Mother Proud – Drink Whitewater
We’re excited to launch three new brands from Whitewater Brewing. The Blood Moon is a Blood Orange Sour, Astrolabe is a Session IPA, and Icebreaker is a Brut IPA. Not only do we love the amazing beer Whitewater puts out, but especially on Earth Day we can’t help but appreciate their love for nature and great outdoor adventures. Every can of Whitewater has a slogan next to the please recycle symbol that says “Make your mother proud!”
Margarita Gose – A Beach Vacation in a Can
Didn’t make it to Mexico this year? No worries, we’re bringing the beach vacation to you! The Margarita Gose from Spectrum Beer Company has all the traditional flavours of a classic margarita, in a can. Brewed with fresh lime juice and a touch of salt, Margarita Gose is light, crisp and refreshing. Perfect for sipping by the water, or sitting on your deck in the sun! Available in Manitoba for a limited time from your local beer vendor.
Pucker up for Lemondrop Kettle Sour
Just in time for Spring the new Lemondrop Kettle Sour from Odin Brewing has landed in Manitoba for a limited time. This small batch release is a kettle sour, featuring Lemondrop hops and a dash of lemon peel for added zest. Pucker up and enjoy this tart, refreshing treat on a sunny day!
Doan’s Happy Pack Brings Happy Thoughts of Summer
Spring has sprung! While we all look forward to spring because it means the end of winter, what we’re all actually excited about is being that much closer to summertime! This Happy Pack sampler from Doan’s Brewing couldn’t have come at a better time. Containing three of each, Summer Ale, Kolsch, Pale Ale and IPA, this case is perfect for trips to the lake, camping, weekend getaways with friends & more!
Lake of Bays Starboard Sails Onto Craft Table
Featured this month on the Manitoba Liquor Mart’s Craft Table is the Starboard New England IPA from Lake of Bays Brewing. At 40 IBUs this NEIPA offers up a hazy golden color that is full of life. It’s normal to see sediment in this lively beer, and it’s completely safe to drink. The bold citrus flavours of orange, grapefruit and strawberry make this a sweet yet balanced IPA.
Resolution Solution Hits Manitoba Just in Time
Well, it’s March 1st, and it’s about now that you realize you’re either crushing your goals for 2019, or you’ve stopped trying all together. Either way, we’ve got the answer! Resolution Solution can help you celebrate your success, or drown your sorrows. At 11% it packs a big, bold punch of roasted, chocolate-y goodness. This Imperial Stout from Spectrum Brewing is balanced and smooth, and a solid choice to get you through this last bit of winter!
Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel
February 1-3, 2019 – Hurry Hard is proud to be the official beer of the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel taking place this Friday through Sunday at The Forks. Admission is free and all money raised goes towards the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The event boasts over 50 teams, local food services and of course, a beer garden, where you can also find Triple Bogey Brewing and Post Game Brewing products available. Come out and enjoy the festivities at Canada’s largest outdoor curling bonspiel!
Manitoba shelves now stocking Super Galactic Space Dragons & more!
Manitobans can now get their hands on these amazing brands from Odin Brewing Company – Screaming Viking Strong Lager, Odin’s Gift Amber Ale, Galactic Space Dragon IPA and SUPER Galactic Space Dragon Double IPA! Find Galactic Space Dragon on tap at Brown’s Social House and for an extra special treat, make it a Galactic Peach Dragon with a side shot of peach slush! Cheers!
Doan’s Brings Love of Craft and Unique Collab Beer to Manitoba
Doan’s Craft Brewing Company is a family run brewery in the heart of the East Vancouver. From home-brewing to Craft Brewing, the Doan’s family is inspired by great beer, the art of craft brewing and the community created by the craft beer movement. We are thrilled to be spreading their love of craft to Manitoba! This week they launched their latest collaboration beer with Fuggles & Warlock, Super Smash Brewers 2. If you’re a stout fan, their Winterlicious Vegan Milk Stout is also a must try!
Spectrum Beer Company Believes Craft Beer is for Everyone
Spectrum Beer Co. is a beer project from Vancouver, B.C., designed for people who think they hate beer. At Spectrum, they believe there’s something for everyone in beer, so they focus on creating beers with fruitier flavours, lighter body profiles and exploring experimental takes on classic beer styles that will appeal to wine and cocktail drinkers – and the beer lover, too! Their launch in Manitoba includes a White Chocolate Stout and their Shampagne Saison. Other great products to keep an eye out for in the future include flavours of melon, tangerine and hot pink lemonade.
Phantom Brings Space Force and Unicorns to Manitoba
Phantom beer is fresh, unique and now available in Manitoba. There is so much to be excited about with this brand, from it’s creative cans to their limited availability. Mind Fuzz is an IPA, and is their only beer available regularly. Their current limited release is Space Force, a Triple IPA with citrus bite and flavours of peach, orange and apricot. Once this is gone, and it will go fast, their next limited release will be Year of the Unicorn, a hazy and tropical Double IPA. Keep a close eye on Phantom releases to make sure you get them before they’re gone!
Haus Lager: Quality Beer at a Sh*t Beer Price
We’re excited to announce that Haus Lager is now available in Manitoba. Haus is a no-BS, back-to-basics beer that’s crafty without being artsy, flavourful without being overwhelming, and ideal for any and every lager drinker out there. This is a quality craft beer for a value-lager price that was created with simplicity in mind. Pick up their Christmas-sweater themed cases for all your holiday festivities!
GESA Raises Funds for Eco-Grant with Beer Night
Join us on Thursday, November 22 at the University of Winnipeg Garbonzo’s Pizza for the Geography and Environmental Sciences/Studies Students’ Association’s (GESA) Beer Night! We will be onsite between 8 pm-10 pm serving up refreshing samples from Postmark Brewing, Post-Game Brewing, Whitewater Brewing, Sleeping Giant Brewing and Triple Bogey Brewing. Tickets are only $20 and include a wide variety of craft beer samples, a slice of pizza, and there will also be a 50/50 draw. The event proceeds will go towards the 2019 eco-grant.
Hurry Hard Amber Lager Rolls into Manitoba
We’re excited to announce the launch of Hurry Hard Amber Lager in Manitoba. This easy-drinking beer is the perfect winter compliment to the Triple Bogey Brewing portfolio. Light-bodied with a hint of caramel, this smooth lager is perfect both on and off the ice. Now available in select beer vendors throughout the province. Hurry Hard and get some of it into your house today!
University of Manitoba OktoBEERfest
We’ll be on campus Saturday, October 13 at the U of M Hub Social Club to sample amazing beers from Whitewater and Sleeping Giant. All proceeds from this event will go to Winnipeg Harvest. Come support a great cause and enjoy live music, good eats and great beer!!
Brock Street Takes Home Three Awards
Congratulations to Brock Street Brewing Company for taking home three awards at the Ontario Brewing Awards on Thursday, September 13 in Toronto. The team won a bronze in the Herb/Spice beer category with their Hibiscus Belgian Wit, a silver for their Chocolate Milk Stout and a gold for their Bohemian Pilsner. Congratulations Brock Street!
Sleeping Giant Cleans up at Brewing Awards
Sleeping Giant Brewing Company took home four awards from the Ontario Brewing Awards. They scored three silver awards and a gold! Silver was awarded in the Amber Lager category for their Amber Lager, in the Blonde Ale category for their Northern Logger, and in the Imperial Stout category for Love & Happiness. The team also won a gold award in the Light category for their Grass Roots beer. Congratulations Sleeping Giant!
Oktoberfest Beer Tasting Event
On Saturday, October 6, come check us out at Oktoberfest at Club Regent Casino. Enjoy live entertainment, traditional German fare, and Oktoberfest-themed gaming and contesting, all while sampling over 150 beers and ciders at over 40 booths. We look forward to serving you up a variety of samples from Brock Street, Postmark, Sleeping Giant, and Whitewater! Prost!!
Brew At The Zoo
Join us on Friday, September 14 for Brew at the Zoo at Assiniboine Park Zoo. We are excited to be sampling 10 unique craft beers from Junction Craft Brewing, Lake of Bays Brewing Company, Postmark Brewing, Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, and Whitewater Brewing Company.
CONTEST ALERT: Win a Yeti Cooler with Sleeping Giant
Win a Yeti Cooler stocked with beer from Sleeping Giant Brewing Company! Enter by tweeting a photo of yourself enjoying any, or all, of the great Sleeping Giant beers now available in Manitoba. Be sure to both tag and follow @sleepinggiantbrew & @tapandrail on Twitter. Tackle all your summer adventures with a brand new Yeti cooler by your side! *Contest Closed*
Cat’s Out of the Bag, Picaroons is in Manitoba
Launching as part of the Manitoba Liquor Marts Coast to Coaster program, Picaroons Traditional Ales comes all the way from Fredericton, NB. Among many great traditional British-style ales, they also offer the Melonhead Pale Ale featuring Henry the cat for 2018! Picaroons holds a contest every spring in which they receive thousands of cat pictures from around the country.
Flatlander’s Beer Festival
Come visit us at booths #71-75 at the 2018 Flatlander’s Beer Festival this Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. We will be sampling a wide selection of great beers from Brock Street, Junction, Lake of Bays, Lake Wilcox, Picaroons, Post-Game, Sleeping Giant & Whitewater. We even have a few surprises that have never been seen before in Manitoba. Hope to see you there!
A Triple Bogey can be a good thing
We’re excited to announce that Manitobans can now get their hands on Triple Bogey Brewing Company’s light and refreshing premium lager dedicated to the great game of golf. Whether you are cruising up the fairway, or relaxing on the patio after a round, a Triple Bogey has never been this easy to swallow.
Mr. Canoehead Wins Bronze at CBAs
Sleeping Giant Brewing Company attended the 16th annual Canadian Brewing Awards (CBAs) on May 26. They took home bronze in the North American Style Amber/Red Lager category with their Mr. Canoehead! We’re thrilled to now be offering this award winning beer across Manitoba! Congrats friends!
Big Win for Brock Street Brewing at CBAs
Brock Street Brewing Company had big success at the Canadian Brewing Awards (CBAs). They took home gold in the Sweet/Cream Stout Category with their Chocolate Milk Stout. They also took home two silver awards in both the Traditional German Style Ale Category with their Traditional Bock, and in the North American Style Amber Lager Category with their Amber Lager. Cheers!
Locker Room Lager Ready for Playoffs
We’re very excited to announce Post-Game Brewing Company has launched their Locker Room Lager in Manitoba, just in time for the Winnipeg Jets to start the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Built on the pillars of Team, Taste and Value, their beer is all-natural, with no preservatives or additives, and is cold-filtered to provide a smooth, clean and refreshing taste!
Brock Street Brewing Hits Manitoba Shelves
Brock Street Brewing Company was founded by four best friends in 2015, and was voted Newcomer of the Year at the 2016 Ontario Brewing Awards. We’re excited to bring to Manitoba their small batch, all-natural, premium beers, which are easily spotted on shelves thanks to artwork by Spencer Afonso.