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The brewery was built in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1927, operating as the Hub City Brewing Company. The plant became the Western Canada Brewing Company in 1930 and then Drewery’s Limited in 1932.
In 1956, the Brewery was acquired and operated as O’Keefe Brewing until 1989 when an amalgamation between Carling O’Keefe and Molson Brewing Company spelled the end of the brewery.
A group of 16 determined and bold employees stood up, pooled their resources and formed the Great Western Brewing Company. Now, the Great Western Brewing Company is one of Canada’s most successful regional brewers and an internationally recognized producer of world-class beer.
Saskatchewan barley makes the best beer. We know this, and we also don’t mess around when it comes to beer. To bring you the best in flavour, we single source our barley from ten Saskatchewan communities.
We pay a premium to make sure that Saskatchewan’s beer truly is 100% locally brewed, owned and grown. We work directly with the farmers who grow the barley to make your beer, so we know exactly what’s going in to every batch we make.
So next time you’re in Balgonie, Herschel, Kinley, Biggar, Cando, Hanley, Luseland, Englefeld, Holdfast, or Dinsmore, give a wave as a salute to Saskatchewan beer that’s 100% local.
Viv is a Master Brewer (M.Sc. – Brewing Science, Birmingham Brewing School) and began his career working as a Brewer and Brewery Engineer.
A three-year stint as Head Brewer in Cockermouth, Cumbria, brewing “Real Ales,” was followed by 12 years international consulting experience with Heineken and Whitbread in Africa and Asia.
Arriving in Canada in 1986, Viv was influential in the development of craft beers in Ontario, including Upper Canada Brewing Company and Northern Algonquin.
Viv joined Great Western in 2007. He brings 50 years of brewing experience from around the world and has been recognized globally for brewing award winning beers.