Building the Farmery Estate Brewery

  From planting and harvesting our barley…to expanding our hop yard…and constructing our brewery in Neepawa, MB…needless to say we’ve had an Extremely Busy Year! Visit us in Neepawa, MB and see for yourself, we’d love to give you a tour! Sign up for a...
Back to the future for Manitoba brewer

Back to the future for Manitoba brewer

Neepawa’s Farmery Estate Brewery is highlighting the farm-brewer connection by showing the public the ingredients that make beer By Country Guide Staff A farm-based beer maker is offering a unique agri-tourism destination that will show attendees the historical ingredients that were used to make beer. Neepawa’s Farmery Estate Brewery, run by brothers Chris and Lawrence Warwaruk, are showcasing the malt barley varieties ranging from a century ago to modern times on their operation, which also produces other beer ingredients like hops. Visitors can see the varieties, most of which haven’t been widely grown for more than half a century, up close and personal, says co-owner Chris Warwaruk. “We call it the ‘Walk Through The Ages’ malt barley tour,” he said. “We were thinking that it would be really interesting to see if we could grow the old heritage varieties of malt barley that my grandpa grew, side by side with more modern barley varieties, so people can see the change in varieties over the years.” The Warwaruks, inspired to make this idea a reality, approached the Manitoba Department of Agriculture to see if it was open to a collaboration. The Department of Agriculture also saw the opportunity to help educate the public, and helped to source the seeds from local seed companies and government organizations, and to seed and maintain the showcase plots on the Warwaruks’ farm near Neepawa. When it comes to the craft beer market, the growing trend is closer relationships between brewers and farmers, such as the Barley Project in Oregon. Oregon is an area that has one of the highest craft beer-drinking populations in North America,...
An inside look at the Farmery

An inside look at the Farmery

By Press Staff The Neepawa Press   On Friday, May 27, brothers Lawrence and Eric Wawaruk took some of the Press staff on a tour of the Farmery hops yards and brewery. Farmery is an estate brewery, which means they grow their own ingredients for the beer they brew. The tour started in the Arden area, where they grow one of their key ingredients, hops. They seeded their first crops in 2011 at the old U-pick strawberry fields. The plants don’t produce any hops for the first year, so they got their first crop in 2012. Hops are a perennial plant, so they only have to seed them once and they will grow on the land for years to come. They recently started a new field just northwest of the original crops. They seeded that crop two years ago and just set up the trellises last year. Now, they have about 20 acres of hops growing. The Wawaruk brothers also grow their own barley in the area and at their family farm in Erickson. Altogether, they have over 250 acres of barley. They are also starting to grow rye for potential future products. After the crops, Eric and Lawrence took the staff to the new brewery site in Neepawa, which is still undergoing some construction. The brewery is located at the former Mazergroup building on highway 5. The back shop area is what is being set up as the brewing, storage and packaging area. The first room that you enter from the back of the office is where the beer will be brewed. It has three different vessels for...
Estate Brewery Step Closer To Reality

Estate Brewery Step Closer To Reality

By Staff | Country Guide August 26, 2016 Canada’s first estate brewery is one giant step closer to producing its first pint Brothers Chris and Lawrence Warwaruk, co-owners of Farmery Estate Brewery, have bought a 15,000-square-foot building in Neepawa – it’s an old farm implements dealership – were they plan to not only make their Farmery beer and put it in bottles and cans, but also sell it through an adjoining restaurant or taproom They will get possession in a couple of weeks, their new brewing equipment should be delivered in a few months and they hope to be fully operational in April. “Now we have a focal point,” said Chris Warwaruk. “We need to decide what’s going to go in first, the brew house, the taproom, the tasting lounge or the gift store. By the spring, we’ll be the complete package.” The entire project is expected to cost slightly more than $3 million. The building’s site was strategic because it’s only a few kilometres away from their farm, where they grow their own barley and hops. This year, they have 130 acres of barley in production and 20 acres of hops. “As we get more established, we’ll be processing hops for other breweries and home brewers,” said Lawrence Warwaruk. An estate brewery is defined as a facility that makes beer adjacent to where the inputs are grown. They say the summer of 2015 has been “by far” the best summer since they launched their beer in the market three years ago. Three years ago, they started selling Farmery in Alberta, giving them a presence in all three Prairie provinces....
Our New Farmery Flour Collection is Here!

Our New Farmery Flour Collection is Here!

We love to be with you during the afternoon and evening. Now, Farmery wants to be a part of your breakfast table. Breakfast is a time spent with family, and we wish to be a part of your family breakfast. Introducing the new Farmery Flour Collection. Our bags are bigger, and in our opinion, more slick than before. Our flour line uses Farmery Malted and Unmalted Barley Flour with no added adjuncts, that means no GMOs. It is the same barley used in our Farmery Beer. Growing up in the country on the family farm, we know exactly the feeling when you smell fresh pancakes or bread. So we have created our own mix, which will satisfy even the pickiest eaters Mix our pancakes mix with saskatoons, chocolate chips, bananas, whatever you wish! Visit the local farmer’s market and pick up some homemade jam or fresh fruit. You’ll be glad you did. You can find our Farmery Flour line at farmery.ca or at Luxalune Gastropub at 734 Osborne St. Support local and Taste Our...