Take two lads in the Yukon, stick them on a canoe trip, and lo and behold, in 1997 a brewery was born. Now, making beer is a joyous thing, but in 2009 these two blokes decided to buy a still, apply their brewing knowhow and make whisky. Whisky made in small releases, with a variety of malted roasted grains, using different fermentation techniques and a mix of barrels. The goal is that no two releases are the same, so that as each expression emerges, it is layered and complex and probably never to be repeated.
Almost two decades since that canoe trip, Yukon Brewing and its sister company Yukon Spirits, continue to service the north with quality beer/spirits while keeping jobs and money in the territory. Actively involved in the local community, Yukon Brewing supports countless Yukon events and causes each year.
Bob and Alan continue as owners and chief operators, growing the company outside the Yukon. The brewery’s nine packaged beers are available across Western Canada with some even finding their way as far east as Quebec, Japan, and at the Hannover Zoo in Germany.