The second oldest brewery in the nation, we
are joined by Gary Olson at Minhas, we want everyone to know how to pronounce it, brewery
here. So tell us how long have you been in business. Since 1845 continuously operating
obviously owned by different families. So whatever family seemed to own or happened
to own the brewery would put their name on the brewery. Used to be Joseph Huber, Minhas
family came here in 2006, acquired the place. We’ve been growing leaps and bounds; we
actually produced almost 250 thousand barrels of beer here last year. Tell us about your
beer how many do you offer? We make a lot of beer for ourselves and for what’s called
contract brewing. But roughly 25 different beer types come out of here. Our own house
brands we still have Huber brands. Huber Bock is a big seller. We sell Mountain Crest Beer,
Boxer Beer is our new entry. We’re now resurrecting Rhinelander beer and the old seven ounce shorty
bottle. What do you here most from folks, what is their favourite? My favourite line,
last beer I had was my favourite. Um there’s Rhinelander type beer on tap and Huber Bock
would be my top favourites. Two different types, you know two ends of the spectrum.
You’ve got kind of a light tasting refreshing beer and a really good tasting, not heavy,
but going on the darker. While down here worth sampling, including the building itself, it’s
really kind of a museum to beer. So if you’re a fan great place to come. Thanks so much,
we really appreciate your time. Cheers. Is there a special way to drink beer? Well, cold.
Not necessarily, well with beers it says about 40-45 degrees. You know it’s like wine you
should smell it first, lightly hopped, crisp. The old standard I’ll say Huber Bocks been
around for 50 years at least. It’s not terrible and it’s not bitter. It’s got a little
bit of chocolate and a little tiny bit of bitterness when it’s supposed to be there.
That’s really yummy, I like that wheat. My pick here at Minhas brewery would be the
Huber Bock, love it, smooth, dark, love it. Alright, mine is the Lazy Mutt farmhouse ale,
I can never turn down a good wheat beer delish. It was all good, not too terrible. I know,
I’m more of a wine person I’ll admit, but I do like the wheat beer, and I even mispronounced
it at the beginning. I think that most people think it’s Minhas. But it is Minhas like
has so there you go, we all learned something new today. And it’s available in stores throughout the area.