Beer lovers sample brews looking for best of competition

Beer lovers are sampling brews from local makers as part of a competition which continues through to the end of Saturday.
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Beer lovers are sampling brews from local makers as part of a competition which continues through to the end of Saturday. 

One location, Rebellion Brewing, is also hosting a two-day festival featuring casks of beer from six different makers. Each casks holds about 40 litres of beer.

"These casks will feature big, bold flavours of premium craft beer," Mark Heise, brewmaster at Rebellion Brewing, said. "This is going to be some of the best beer people have ever tasted."

The festival is being held as part of the wrap up of the 2015 ALES Homebrew Open.

The breweries with casks are:

  • Black Bridge Brewery.
  • Bushwakker Brewpub.
  • Half Pints Brewery.
  • Nokomis Brewery.
  • Paddock Wood Brewing.
  • Rebellion Brewing

The host location is the Rebellion Taproom at 1901 Dewdney Ave. in Regina.

Heise noted the cask festival is a first for Saskatchewan.

"We're not just doing this for fun. It is fun, but we're making fantastic beer at the same time and we're doing it right here in Saskatchewan with as much Saskatchewan products as we can," Heise said. One of the participating casks is from a Manitoba-based brewer.

The festival will continue so long as there is beer available from the casks or until the end of Saturday.

"There's only 40 litres of each of these types of beer," Heise said. "They're likely never going to be made again, never reproduced. So it's your one and only chance to try some really exciting, really unique beer."

Heise added that $1 from every pint and growler of the brew Belgian Saison will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


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