The terms “microbrewery” and “craft beer” were coined in the 1980s, essentially 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” are places where you can expect a wide variety of styles and flavours and, when done well, a high-quality product.
9 Mile Legacy started as a very small brewery (about a 10th the size of a typical “microbrewery”) and has since grown into a less small brewery (still a 3rd to 1/2 the size of the industry standard in SK). We pride ourselves in taking a craftsman-approach in designing and making our product, using high-quality and unique ingredients to produce a well-balanced and original beer experience. We have as much fun producing an authentic, traditionally-styled beer as we do pushing the boundaries on what beer can be.
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 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 promise to keep things interesting.
Unfortunately, we won't be filling growlers until our new space is up and running, but ordinarily 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.
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 spicy Mexican 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 got our start in the Riversdale neighbourhood, right beside the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market, and will be sticking around for the foreseeable future. We are currently working on an expansion to a new location on 20th Street (the old Joe's Cycle building, between the Mandarin and Doug's Spoke and Sport). Our new location is planned to open in February/March 2017.
Absolutely. Thanks to some recently regulatory evolution in Saskatchewan, microbreweries can now have a "taproom". Plan to come by with friends for some pints and taster flights before taking home a growler.
As for food, well, we have been known to host the occasional food truck and are surrounded by a number of resto-neighbours hitting it out of the park! We will have limited food available in house, but if you want to order takeout and enjoy it alongside your pint, be our guest!
Since we opened our doors, our retail store has been the only place to find 9 Mile Legacy beer. Come down to the shop, enjoy a few pints and have us fill your refillable bottle (called a “growler”) with your favourite. Given our small size, we aren’t yet selling private kegs or packaging our beer in bottles or cans, but this shall change with time.
As we have grown, we have been very fortunate to have some kick ass places showcasing a pint of 9 Mile Legacy alongside a wonderful meal. Check out our friends at Odd Couple, Drift Cafe and Vista Lounge, The Grazing Goat, The Hollows, Calories Restaurant, Prairie Harvest Cafe, UNA Pizzeria, Winston's English Pub, Flint Saloon, The Yard & Flagon Pub, The Rook & Raven Pub and Leopold's Tavern for good times and great beer.
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 take pride in continuing the legacy built by those that have come before us. Click here for the full story.
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