11 Breweries and Distilleries to Try in Saskatoon
Is it possible to have too much of a good thing?
Saskatoon has so many locally operated breweries and distilleries that it would take a couple of weeks to visit all 11 on this list (you may want to take a few breaks in between). You’ll find award-winning spirits, crisp ciders, ales brewed with locally grown ingredients, as well as an overall level of quality born from passion and commitment to craft.
A small but mighty brewery in Saskatoon’s Riversdale neighbourhood, 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company was named after the nine-mile stretch between the founders’ family farms. Several of the beers on offer are brewed in collaboration with restaurants, sports teams, event organizers and other breweries.
High Key Brewing Co. makes traditional ales and porters, with surprising seasonal beers like the Pomegranate Pale Ale. Find High Key’s brews at bars, restaurants and liquor stores across the province, or visit its new taproom on 23rd Street E.
On Broadway Avenue, Prairie Sun Brewery has a reputation for excellent beer made with Saskatchewan-influenced flavours.
Before you ask what “LB” stands for, know that the company’s founders parlayed a lucky lottery ticket into an award-winning distillery. LB Distillers carries a full line of cocktail-ready spirits, liqueurs and bitters.
Shelter Brewing Company labels itself as a “nano brewery,” with four core brews and three rotating taps available at its warm and inviting taproom on 2nd Avenue in downtown Saskatoon. Shelter’s beer is only sold from its taproom, so take the time to drop by and try a glass, or purchase some cans to go. Have a taco or three while you’re there – drinking can be hungry work.
Paddock Wood Brewing Co. was established in 2002, and is one of Saskatchewan’s first, major microbreweries. Its unique and refreshing brews can be found bottled, canned and on-tap in liquor stores and restaurants across the province. Stop by the brewery for a chat and a case of beer!
Black Fox Farm & Distillery was started by John Cote and Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote with the intent of connecting people to agriculture. The Cotes grow 90 per cent of their ingredients on the farm. Acres of fresh fruit, flowers and grains are harvested and distilled into award-winning gin, whisky and liqueurs. Book a tour of the farm, just a short drive from Saskatoon, and sample a spirit or liqueur in the tasting room.
One of Saskatoon’s newest distilleries, Stumbletown Distilling boasts the first vodka made with 100 per cent locally grown Saskatchewan purple wheat. Its full-service cocktail bar showcases the unique variety of spirits it produces. Pick up a bottle at the distillery during a tour or tasting or find Stumbletown at liquor stores across the province.
Established in 2016, Crossmount Cider Company has grown into the largest craft cider company on the Prairies, producing hard apple cider from 100 per cent Canadian apples. Tour the 1,500-tree apple and 500-tree pear orchard and taste six delicious flavours of cider. Find it at pubs and liquor stores around the province, or visit the cidery for tastings and tours.
Identical twin brothers opened Better Brother Brewing Co. in the City Park neighbourhood in 2020. With floor-to-ceiling windows in the taproom, patrons can catch a glimpse of the brewing process. Pair your favourite beer with something from its light fare menu.
Specializing in small-batch craft beers, 21st Street Brewery blends tradition, creativity and boldness to produce an unmatched selection of local brews. Stop by the brewery, based out of the Hotel Senator in downtown Saskatoon, and enjoy a cold glass straight from the tap.
*Remember to drink responsibly and always plan a safe ride home.