Beer arrives before Santa

Photo: Cathie Crossin

Black Wheat Brewing Company will deliver their first beer to Brandonites before Santa arrives next week. 

While the brewery is not officially up and running or set to open its doors here just yet, they have coordinated with Barn Hammer Brewing of Winnipeg to produce their first run of beers. 

Ted Birch, one of the founding partners of Black Wheat Brewing Co. has announced that the first deliveries will reach Brandon residents on December 22nd. 

“We have partnered with Barn Hammer to co-brew this first batch and bring it to market.” 

The brewmaster at Barn Hammer, is Ted’s son, Tyler Birch. 

Black Wheat Brewing Co. will be the first brewery and taproom to open in the City of Brandon. While Birch, and local partner Scott Johnston (of Centec Electric and Controls) had hoped to open in 2020, the opening date has been pushed back to March 2021. 

Initially Black Wheat will offer two beers. Both are available to purchase now, through their website with doorstep deliveries starting December 22nd. 

The first signature brew is “Reality Czech” a Czech-style pale lager. The second is named “Empire Ale” an American-style IPA. 

Photo: Black Wheat Brewing Company
Photo: Black Wheat Brewing Company

The brewery plans to offer 4 or 5 core beers, plus speciality and seasonal beers after they open for business officially. 

The taproom will seat 75 indoors with additional patio seating next summer. 

The brewmaster at Black Wheat Brewing Co. will be Umber Awasthi, an experienced craftsman who has re-located to Brandon from Northwest Ontario. Beer aficionados are eagerly anticipating his blueberry brew, which is slated as the next release. 

To get your hands on a beer before year’s end, adults are invited to place an order at Look for the link and order form on that home page for Black Wheat Delivery. 

Orders must be paid before deliveries will be sent out. ID will be required at home delivery. Logo merchandise will also be available to purchase on-line early in 2021. 

Birch is eager to get the ball rolling and get their beer in the hands of Brandonites. “We’re ready to roll this out. We will have about 7000 cans ready for sale and delivery this week” says Birch. 

When asked what the people of Brandon could do to show support for this new business, Birch replied, “We just need people to buy our beer and buy our merchandise.” 

It’s time for Brandon to get acquainted with its new favourite beer.

The brewery itself will be located in the Downtown Hub at 402 10th Street. 

Photo: Cathie Crossin will be following this story and has an order in for the first shipment. We will post taste test reviews and offer brewery updates as they become available.

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Cathie is an avid traveller, always in search of a bargain. She's been coast to coast in Canada and the USA; north to Alaska, south to The Caribbean and across the ocean to Italy. Whether in pursuit of a playoff game or a family adventure, she writes about it all. Cathie is also the the host of