Several of Regina’s local craft brewers gathered together Monday afternoon at Rebellion Brewing to discuss the importance of their industry to the greater Regina area.
A study from Economic Development Regina concluded the local craft brewing sector is a big economic driver and a key cog in the local tourism sector. The same study also indicated full time employment numbers are expected to jump by 17% in 2018, with sales increasing by 30
Vice President David Froh said if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.
“It has over an $11 million economic impact and over 140 people are supported by the industry,” he said. “So, we are a culinary and tourism destination in Regina today.”
President of Rebellion Brewing Mark Heise spoke about what his brewery, and many other craft breweries, are doing and said it just boils down to one simple thing.
“Beer, in general, it’s meant to be for everybody.” he said. “It’s started with our homebrewing community with all sorts of friends, sharing ideas and recipes and we still do that today.”
“We’re just broadening that range of friends across all spectrums.”
One of those friends, and local craft brewers, is Glenn Valgardson, the owner of Pile O’ Bones Brewing Company.
He was asked about the importance of creating a good local product and how it helps to work with local farmers to support the ag and ag business sectors. In response, he said in order to make a good finished product, one must have a quality source to work with.
And no source is better than Saskatchewan.
“It’s very, very important, I believe, for the end user like us, to work with local producers, the farmers, so they see that they crops are going into a good product, like our beer,” he said.
“Saskatchewan grows the best barley on the planet of Earth. Period.”