Collaboration is the daily mantra of Amber Sarraillon, who works alongside Morgan Wielgosz as co-owners of Good Neighbor Brewing, which began retailing its craft beers and sparkling hop waters in May 2021 through a partnership with Oxus Brewing Company, one of the first microbreweries in Winnipeg.
Enjoy a local beer (and a tasty dish) at One Sixteen
In February, the duo teamed up with The Beer Can, a local beer garden, and Two Hands Catering to launch a bar and dining venue in the city’s West Broadway neighborhood. Next door, Sarraillon is also occupied by Good Neighbor Brewing’s first brick-and-mortar base, with its own tasting room, beer tastings, bottle store and shared courtyard patio.
Get the best beers in town on a citywide beer tasting tour
Choose from what’s on tap at Oxus Brewing’s current Sarraillon base and Low Life Barrel House,0 which opened a new tasting room in May. Also try family-run Sookram’s Brewing Co., Barn Hammer Brewing Company’s puppy-positive patio, The Beer Can at the Granite (just opened a second location in Osborne Village at Gas Station Arts Centre) and Hargraves St. Market, a food court/bar/brewery in True North Square.
Stop for a slice at Shorty’s Pizza
Visit another neighbor whom Sarraillon warmly endorses (and who recently celebrated his first birthday) for his innovative daily pie combinations (such as the Prosciutt O’ Happiness with prosciutto, roasted leeks, arugula and fior di latte cheese ) paired with an easy-drinking Shorty lager.
Treat yourself to a little Italian at Made by Paste
Sarraillon’s current culinary obsession is all things created by chef Renée Girard, whose time working at Harth Mozza & Wine Bar has the town’s foodies buzzing about her innovative dishes. She now runs Made by Paste, a pop-up restaurant and online food store combo featuring fresh hand-rolled pastas like cavatelli and rigatoni.
Enjoy the nightlife
For those long summer nights in the prairies, Sarraillon recommends the local music scene – check out Times are changing (d) High & Lonesome Club, located on Main Street in Blue Note Park for honky tonk blues. Visit Terrace 340, a bilingual cultural and musical space at the Center Culturel Franco-Manitobain for regional singer-songwriters. Or mark the coming Party in progressa chic three-day festival of art, drink, food and music that kicks off in mid-August at CN Stage at The Forks.
Satisfy your sweet tooth
And since hot days deserve a sweet finale, Sarraillon’s favorite sweet hits include Party Ice Cream & Coffee (Funfetti flavor includes real pieces of birthday cake), a stop at Jenna Rae Cakes for an Instagram-worthy dessert sparkling with dazzling dust aka edible glitter or a ride to the historic Elm Park Bridge to join the crowds at our beloved BDI (Bridge Drive-In) for creamy, cold soft serve ice cream.
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