Craft breweries have taken off in Canada in a big way.
Between 2017 and 2018 the number of craft breweries in Canada increased by nearly 22 per cent.
That’s because, of course, the market is there for the speciality artisan beers. Over the last five years, the numbers show, sales have nearly doubled from one billion dollars in 2014 to $1.9 billion in 2018.
Today there’s upwards of 170 breweries across western Canada. And beer of all kinds – the simple to the complex, need hops – or, more accurately, the lupulin found inside.
That’s the stuff where the various flavours come from. Five or six years ago, Randy and Lyn Tye started thinking about what they might want to do as they approached retirement.
Randy had come to Manitoba more than 30 years ago from Ontario where he met Lyn, a farm girl from Russell (her maiden name is Thacker) with a love of horses, the outdoors and tending to anything that grows.
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