Nicole Barry to open brewpub in Exchange District
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A familiar face in Winnipeg’s beer scene is brewing up something new and hopes to be among the first to open a brewpub in the city on the heels of changes to liquor laws that aim to make Manitoba a little more friendly for craft brewers.
Nicole Barry has signed a lease on an old machine shop and the former home of the Edge Skatepark at 125 Pacific Avenue and hopes to have Peg Beer Company—a 150 seat restaurant and brewery—open by the end of the year.
“Since the legislation changes have happened it’s really more viable as a business opportunity,” said Barry, explaining the revisions now allow beer made at the brewpub to be distributed outside the restaurant and change the rules around how much revenue has to made from food over alcohol. “Things like that made it very restrictive… now we can sell growlers on site and we’ll be doing a small retail store on site where you can buy merchandise and beer to go.”
Barry, the former CEO of Half Pints Brewing Company, plans on keeping the aesthetics of the old warehouse for the venture including the exposed brick, ceiling beams and the graffiti added to the walls while it was a skatepark.
She said she wants a casual, family friendly feel for the 7,000 square-foot brewpub, which will have a menu offering various flatbreads, and will feature glass walls so diners can look into both the kitchen and brewery side of the operation.
As for the beer, Barry tells Metro she’ll will start off by offering two flagship beers (exactly what style they’ll be she says we’ll have to wait and see) as well as a variety of seasonal beers throughout the year.
“I have been a part of the craft beer industry… for over a decade now,” she said. “What I’m most excited about is being able to share the passion and enthusiasm with Winnipeg.”
Barry hopes to have Peg Beer Company up and running by Dec. 1.