The terms “microbrewery” and “craft beer” are common terms used to to differentiate large commercial breweries from the smaller independent breweries that were popping up and brewing a wide variety of beer – melding traditional styles with innovative approaches and new ingredients. Since then, the "craft beer" industry has grown significantly since those days, giving brewmasters creative license to design interesting (and fantastic) beer. “Microbreweries” and "craft breweries" are places where you can expect a wide variety of styles and flavours and, when done well, a high-quality product. And we are technically both a "microbrewery" (under provincial law) and a "craft brewery" (as a proud member of the Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association)
But, if you ask us, we consider ourselves a nanobrewery. 9 Mile Legacy started as a very small brewery (about a 1/10 the size of a typical “microbrewery”) and has since grown into a less small brewery (still a 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the industry standard in SK). Yes, we are much smaller than a microbrewery, and that is one way to look at it. But the "nano" concept means so much more to us - the ability to innovate, take risks and push boundaries, to hone our craft through practice and attention to detail and to make do with less.
Beer is made by extracting sugar from malted barley by “mashing” it in hot water, boiling that sugar water (called “wort”) with a variety of hops, to produce distinctive flavours and aromas. We then cool down the boiled wort to room temperature and add our yeastie friends, which converts the sugar in the wort into alcohol and does a bunch of other neat stuff.
If you are interested in learning more about the brewing process, contact us to inquire about a brewery tour. We host groups of all sizes.
We have always liked to make a wide variety of beer, from traditional pale ales to West Coast IPAs to oatmeal stouts to beer that pushes the boundaries of what people commonly think of as "beer". When you walk into our taproom, you will always find a spectrum of beer styles that we take pride in serving. We like a lot of different beer styles and we like pushing boundaries - it's one reason why we started so small (another reason is that we had to fit the equipment in the building!).
You can check out what's on the fill station right here.
Barley is easy in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan grows the best malting barley in the world so it’s a no-brainer that we get ours from the province we call home. We have been proud to work with Priarie Malt in Biggar, SK and we are excited for the rise of new SK maltsters like Maker's Malt.
As farm kids, we are proud to see barley grown here, be malted here, turn into beer here and be drank here. It's the circle of life, Saskatchewan-style.
Hops are tougher but a lot more fun. Hops are like grapes – they are heavily influenced by “terroir”. English hops (earthy) are different from German noble hops (floral, spicy) are different from west coast North American hops (citrus, pine) are different from Southern Hemisphere hops (tropical flavours, passion fruit). We source a wide variety of hops so that you can experience a wide variety of flavours.
For us, the beer we like to drink depends on the experience, the atmosphere and the company. The malty Stand-up Brown is a great companion for a fall BBQ and the hoppiness of a cold Bocephus pairs perfectly with Asian cuisine. Our Angus Stout is delightful in a snowstorm and the quaffable 9 Mile Ale is a refreshing respite from our hot prairie summers.
Our beer is like our children – its tough for us to play favourites. But, have fun, play around and try our beer in different ways and settings. We are confident you will develop your own favourites very soon.
We are located at a new location on 20th Street (across the street at Odd Couple and between the Mandarin and Spoke and Sport). Our building has a pile of history and we are very proud to have breathed new life into solid old building stock.
Absolutely. Thanks to some recently regulatory evolution in Saskatchewan, microbreweries can now have a "taproom". Plan to come by with friends to enjoy some of our beer before taking home a growler. Learn more about our taproom here.
A few different ways. We are privileged to have several great accounts throughout Saskatoon. These range from bars, restaurants, theatres and barbers. We are generally on tap where good beer is sold.
Beyond that, our taproom has historically been the primary place to find 9 Mile Legacy beer. Come down to the shop, enjoy what we have on tap and have us fill your refillable bottle (called a “growler”) with your favourite. Stop by the bottle shop on your way out and grab a bomber or two (which also happen to be sold at fine craft beer retailers such as the Saskatoon Coop).
9 Mile Legacy is a story of our two families, neighbours that have weathered hard times and celebrated good times together for the better part of a century. We are called “9 Mile Legacy” because we aren't that original - we are simply carrying on generational tradition of working together. Click here for the full story.
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