The story starts back in the late 90s. The Warwaruk family farm was facing bankruptcy and two brothers, Chris and Lawrence, moved to Winnipeg to consider their future. Having always had a sense for business, they came up with an idea.
Our Interview on CBC The National
In 2005, CBC National interviewed the Warwaruk’s, talking about losing the farm and how we moved to the city to open LuxSole.
Instead of giving up on the farm, they decided to start a four-star restaurant called LuxSole. The restaurant opened on Osborne Street in 1998, and it was a hit. With the profits Chris and Lawrence made from Lux Sole they were able to save the family farm.
Ten years after successfully running LuxSole, they transitioned their restaurant into the first gastropub in Winnipeg called Luxalune, which opened two doors down from LuxSole. One of its unique features is listing over 100 beers from around the world on their menu. Eventually, Chris and Lawrence closed LuxSole and shifted their focus to another project: the Farmery Estate Brewery.
Luxalune on The Winnipeg Free Press
On April 13, 2012, The Winnipeg Free Press stopped by Luxalune to talk to Chris and Lawrence about starting Farmery and opening North America’s First Estate Brewery.
After years of success in the food and beverage industry, the boys were still missing their roots. So, they combined their farming experience with their service industry savvy and launched Farmery beer. Using natural, homegrown ingredients and farmer common sense, they created a beer that encompasses the taste of the prairies.
Farmery on Dragons' Den!
Our big hope is to build a brewery on our farm. That vision is what we pitched to the Dragons. What makes this episode even more intriguing is that we were on the very first Dragon’s Den 8 years ago pitching another business idea without any luck.Watch Our First Pitch Here!
The Farmery brand is quickly growing. We have built our brewery, are expanding our hop yards and introducing our new line-up of beers into the market.
We welcome tourists to visit our brewery and our farm, so that they will be able to not only see how the ingredients of our beer are grown, but how it’s made as well! The concept is called agri-tourism, and we hope to be a part of the emerging industry with the Farmery Estate Brewery!
Whatever we do, our beer starts here!