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The brewery was built in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1927, operating as the Hub City Brewing Company. After some changes in management, in 1956, the brewery was acquired and operated as O’Keefe Brewing until 1989.
In 1989 the entire plant was invited to a meeting where they were told Carling and Molson would merge. This merger would mean the end of the brewery in Saskatoon and the loss of jobs for its 40 employees.
A group of determined and bold employees stood up and pooled their resources. The Original 16 risked it all and founded the Great Western Brewing Company. The brewery was David in a world full of Goliaths. But, with the support of their family, the Original 16 made it through each and every challenge thrown at them.
Now, the Great Western Brewing Company is one of Canada’s most successful regional brewers and an internationally recognized producer of world-class beer.
We pay a premium to make sure our beer is made with the best ingredients. We start with the finest two-row 100% Prairie barley and five choice hop varietals.
Our double-aged process is what finishes our brew giving you unparalleled smoothness.
Viv is a Master Brewer (M.Sc. – Brewing Science, Birmingham Brewing School) and began his career working as a Brewer and Brewery Engineer.
A three-year stint as Head Brewer in Cockermouth, Cumbria, brewing “Real Ales”, was followed by 12 years international consulting experience with Heineken and Whitbread in Africa and Asia.
Arriving in Canada in 1986, Viv was influential in the development of craft beers in Ontario, including Upper Canada Brewing Company and Northern Algonquin.
Viv started with Original 16 in 2007. He brings 50 years of brewing experience from around the world and has been recognized globally for brewing award winning beer.