25 years ago, a pending closure of the Molson brewery was almost the end for a brewery full of people. But, where some people see the end, others…Read More
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 families, 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.
Amanda is Canadian-born and originally from Newfoundland, where she gained a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. She also holds a Master of Science degree in brewing and distilling from the world-renowned Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Before joining us, Amanda led brewing research and development—and helped launch over 20 new beers—at the Boston Beer Company, Massachusetts. Prior to this role, she worked in Canada with Labatt Brewing Company (AB InBev).
Amanda joins Great Western at an exciting time. She’s here to create award-winning beer, maintain our international brewing reputation and bring innovative thinking to the Great Western brewing process.