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Beer and wine to be sold in The Forks Market

A soon-to-open kiosk will work as a launching point for Manitoba craft beers.

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Like the city’s two great rivers, craft beer and wine is flowing into The Forks.

Following the completion of a $2.8 million renovation to its Food Hall, The Forks Market is opening a new kiosk with craft beer and wine offerings.

Vice-President of The Forks community initiatives Clare MacKay said the “seasonally changing, curated list of craft beers and wines” offers up a full dining experience “in a way no other place in the city can.”

Beer will be offered in 12 or 16 ounce glasses ranging between $8-10 dollars each, and beer flights of four four-ounce tasters will cost between $12 and $20, depending on the beer.

The variety was handpicked by professional sommelier William Predhomme, who said its selection of both local products and independent suppliers is totally uniqye.

“To be able to create a truly craft list, one that isn’t bound to large suppliers, for a licensed food hall—there’s nothing like this anywhere in Canada right now,” he said.

Local beers from Half Pints Brewer and Fort Garry Brewing will join craft beers from Hop City, Rhyme and Reason and others.

MacKay said the plan is to “definitely add more” local craft beers to the seasonal list as time goes on, something Predhomme supports.

“The craft beer scene in Winnipeg is about to take off,” he said. “We’re expecting a number of new breweries to open their doors this year.

“The Forks Market will be a launch point for the breweries, showcasing what is truly Winnipeg as it evolves.”

Wines at the new kiosk will be offered in six-ounce servings for $8-40 a glass or in flights priced similarly to the beer tasters.

The selection includes wines from Portugal, South Africa, and some Canadian options from British Columbia and Ontario. One wine, Leaning Post, is owned and operated by former Winnipeggers.

Predhomme said Leaning Post was enthusiastic to “bring their wine back home.”

A prepared statement from The Forks said profits from the new Kiosk, which “will be open to the public shortly” will be reinvested in The Forks Market. 

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