Our Story

FORT GARRY BREWING COMPANY
IS MANITOBA’S OLDEST MICROBREWERY.

Established in 1930, our recipes and brewing techniques are a time honoured tradition that have been passed down through the generations. Only the finest raw ingredients are used to brew our fine ales and lagers. Our line up of products includes our world-famous Fort Garry Dark, Fort Garry Light, Fort Garry Pale Ale, Fort Garry Rouge and Frontier Pilsner.

HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1930Fort Garry Brewing Company was established by B.W. Hoeschen. At that time, the company produced two brands which included: Frontier Beer and Frontier Stout. Frontier Beer gained recognition and it won ‘best in its class’ in a competition in England against other Commonwealth breweries.

1960Fort Garry Brewing was sold to Molson and in June of 1961 the name of the brewery was incorporated as Molson’s Fort Garry Brewery Ltd.

1990Molson merged with Carling-Okeefe and the closed the facility that was once called Fort Garry Brewing.

1994Richard Hoeschen, great-great grandson of the original owner and president, John Hoeschen Sr., resurrected the brewery under the original Fort Garry name. In addition to resurrecting the “Frontier Pilsner” brand, he introduced a family of full-flavoured beers into the market and people loved them. To keep up with growing demand, Hoeschen moved the brewery to a new 25,000 square foot facility to house new equipment and poise the brewery for future growth.

2002Sadly, Richard Hoeschen passed away in September. Under his leadership, Fort Garry had become a popular household brand name in Manitoba.

2006while in Winnipeg, Andrew Harris, President of Russell Brewing in BC, sampled his first taste of Fort Garry Dark and fell in love with the beer. Captivated by the quality of the product and the enormous pride that Manitobans had in this beer, Andrew saw a similarity between Fort Garry in MB and Russell Brewing in BC.

2007Fort Garry Brewing amalgamated with Russell Brewing Company with the goal of building on the legacy of original Fort Garry brewery by instilling the passion originally brought to the brewery by the Hoeschen family.

2011Fort Garry Brewing launches the Brewmaster Series a group of limited edition small-batch beers released in large 650ml bottles. Beers and ales that explore the boundaries of craft beer making. The first of the series is Munich Eisbock a full, creamy Munich Malt that instantly captures the attention of the Canadian Craft brewing community.

2012A big year for the brewery that sees further additions to the Fort Garry Brewmaster Series with the launch of Kona Imperial Stout, Happy Jack Pumpkin Ale and St. Nick’s Porter. Kona Imperial Stout captures a silver medal in the Canadian Brewing Awards.

2013Fort Garry Portage and Main IPA is released. A unique IPA on the Canadian Craft Beer landscape: it’s the first of its kind to feature the use of Manitoba Flower Hops. Portage and Main IPA is a tribute to Canada’s most famous intersection and Winnipeg’s streetcar commuter rail era. Portage and Main IPA gets strong positive reactions from both reviewers and Fort Garry Brewing customers.

2014Fort Garry Brewing rolls out updated branding to its core lineup of beers. To celebrate the holidays there’s a specialty release of Frontier Pilsner with glassware.

2015Fort Garry Brewing is a co sponsor of the 103rd Grey Cup Craft Beer Festival. Fort Garry Brewing collaborate with Half Pints Brewing Co to release the “Manitoba Social Pack” 12 pack. Fort Garry Dark wins #1 UK ale at the Calgary Beer Festival.

2016An eventful year! In January Dan Geddes becomes Fort Garry Brewing’s Head Brewer. The brewery expands by adding 2 fermenters and 2 bright tanks to the capacity. A growler program at the brewery is started featuring the brewer’s unique recipes. In October Fort Garry starts a barrel aging program. Then the biggest news! On December 1 2016 Fort Garry Brewing again becomes a Manitoba owned and operated company.