Nokomis Craft Ales Now Open in Rural Saskatchewan
On August 25, 2014 At 3:15 pm
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NOKOMIS, SK – Prairie beer blog On Beer reports that a small town mid-way between Saskatoon and Regina is home to Saskatchewan’s newest craft brewery.
Nokomis Craft Ales – named after its hometown of Nokomis – was opened earlier this month by Jeff Allport, a former Vancouver resident and homebrewer who moved to the quiet town a couple of years ago to run a carpentry business. But when liquor laws in the province were changed to allow nano-scale commercial breweries, he decided to make the jump from hobby brewer to professional.
Due to the small size of the operation – a 7 barrel brewhouse with 2 fermenters and 1 bright tank, allowing for output of roughly 800 litres per week – Nokomis is focusing exclusively on growler and keg sales, selling out of the brewery several days a week and vending at weekly farmers’ markets in Saskatoon and Regina. And as Allport notes, “not packaging frees me from having a flagship beer,” meaning that he will be brewing what he likes from week to week, and offering a constantly changing line-up of brands to local beer drinkers.