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 REGINA TAPROOM (435 McDonald St) & SASKATOON TAPROOM (602 51 St)

ARE OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

Monday to Saturday 11 am to 8 pm,  Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm ​​

Tours & Tasting

Minhas Sask Distillery, Winery, and Brewery Regina invites you for a unique experience of touring Saskatchewan’s largest Distillery, Winery and Brewery. With three different tours and tastings to choose from, there is something for everyone. Visitors can see first-hand how our products are crafted, and sample some of the finest-tasting spirits, liqueurs, wines, and beers around. All tours include product sampling, a take-home sampler glass and sample pack of various products as our “Thank You” for visiting us.

Time: 45 – 60 min  Cost $19 per person

Distillery Tour and Tasting

Discover how your favorite spirits are made. An in-depth view in the creation, distilling, and production of a variety of spirits. While touring through Saskatchewan biggest distillery, you will learn how we take raw Saskatchewan material to create the finest Saskatchewan products. We will also make an experimental small batch for your group where we use our mini-distillation system to make a Sask grown Fruit Schnapps/eau-de-vie which you can taste and purchase later.  We finish off the tour with a guided tasting and a sample pack .

Brewery Tour and Tasting

Enjoy an in-depth look at the behind-the-scenes production of the Minhas Sask brewery. Discover the brewing process and the equipment used in making our premium craft beers. While touring through one of the best Canadian breweries, you will get a real understanding of the careful thought and dedication it takes to make a truly delicious Canadian beer. Finish off the tour with a guided tasting and a sample pack.

Winery Tour and Tasting

Experience a remarkable look into how wine is crafted. From the real grape juice straight from the vineyards of Chile to the fermentation tanks to the bottling in hand-labelled bottles; you will discover an unparallel world of wine. Finish off with a guided tasting of unique wines and a take home sample pack. If you are new to the world of the wine or you are an expert, all will enjoy discovering new flavors and tastes. 

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Our Distilled Spirits – Liqueurs & Liquor

Our spirits.

The heritage and tradition of hand-crafting some of the finest spirits, liqueurs and liquor in the world dates back to 1845 here at the Minhas Distilleries. We hope you’ll use this guide to learn more about our distilled spirits, liqueurs and liquors. Not only are our distilled beverages great at social events, you can also enjoy them during a formal or casual meal. We’ve laid out some food and spiritpairing ideas to enhance your dinning experience.

Browse our products at Liquor Connect , they have a complete list of our spirits and liqueurs and details on where you can purchase them. If you know what you are looking for you can enter that directly into the search, also enter your postal code to have Liquor Connect map out the liquor stores closest to you. Cheers!

  • RUM GIN & MOONSHINE

Punjabi Club Rye Whisky

Punjabi Club is a unique rye whisky. In your first sip you will taste the flavors of rye in the foreground surrounded by oak spices. In the background, but growing in intensity with each sip, is a sweet and sour fruitiness, which seems to be trying to overtake the hard rye and oak spice. How to drink Rye Whisky?

Chinook Signature Rye Whisky

Chinook Signature Rye Whisky is ultra smooth; distilled from the finest Western Canadian distillers’ grain, aged in bourbon barrels and finally blended to perfection by our master blender. How to make a Manhattan?

Chinook Signature White Whisky

Chinook Signature White Whiskey is aged in wood, giving it a genuine smooth caramel & vanilla flavour, while a special filtration rounds off the oak overtones for more balanced profile. How to make a Manhattan?

Bonjour French Vodka

Bonjour French Vodka is crafted from wheat grain and distilled five times before bottling. Our attention to detail and superior ingredients separate Bonjour French Vodka from the flock. Enjoy in a martini or simply chilled. How to make a Martini with vodka?

Platinum Vodka (Available only in Canada)

This artisanal vodka is simply clean, from the crystal clear color to the crisp taste. Smooth and round, it’s easy to sip or to add to a mixed drink. How to make a Vodka Tonic?

Titanium Vodka (Available only in USA)

Another artisanal vodka, distilled ten times from grain for a perfect crystal clear color. An interesting Eastern European style vodka over ice or for delicious mixed drinks. How to make a Vodka Tonic with lemon?

Alamo Reposado Tequila & Alamo Anejo Tequila

These artisan tequilas are one hundred percent agave and aged to perfection. The oak barrel aging process smoothes the flavor and keeps the essence of the agave. Bottled in Mexico, these tequilas are sure to please any palate. They are perfect over ice or in your favorite margarita. How to make a margarita?

Alamo Gold Tequila & Alamo Blanco Tequila

Made from the finest agave Mexico has to offer, these two unique spirits are fermented and distilled according to stringent Tequila Regulatory Council guidelines. Together, the quality ingredients and elite craftsmanship create quintessential examples of what tequila should be. Excellent for sipping or in a margarita! How to make a margarita?

Maya Rum Horchata

Maya Rum Horchata is the finest Caribbean rum blended with real dairy cream, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and a touch of sweet rice. Enjoy it straight up, on the rocks or in a mixed drink. It is the perfect after dinner dessert drink. How to make a Rum Horchata drink?

Blarney’s Irish Cream Liqueur

Blarney’s Irish Cream Liquor is a blend of fresh cream and real Irish Whisky. Thick and rich, you can taste the mocha, latte, nutmeg and coffee flavors in each sip. Another delicious after dinner (or any time) dessert drink. How to make an Irish Cream Liqueur drink?

Rum, Gin & Moonshine

Gold coast barbados rum.

Gold Coast XO rum is made from the highest quality sugar cane, aged to perfection in a charred, white oak barrel to a beautiful golden amber color. This rum is medium bodied with an attractive bouquet that connotes excellence. How to make a mojito with rum?

Polo Club American Dry Gin

Polo Club American Dry Gin is a steeped gin with distinctive floral aromas and tastes of refreshing pine, citrus and spice flavors. A perfect gin to make a Raspberry Polo or a Lemon Polo (gin and tonic flavored with lemon or raspberry) mixed drink. How to make the best gin and tonic?

Blumer’s Original & Apple Pie Moonshine

Blumer’s Original Moonshine is triple filtered, smooth and almost tasteless, which makes it the perfect spirit for making the best Moscow Mule. A Moscow Mule recipe is a combination of moonshine, lemon juice, simple syrup and ginger beer. A spicy, citrus refreshing moonshine mixed drink with a bite! How to make a Moscow Mule?

Tour our Wisconsin distillery so Visitors can see first-hand how our products are crafted, and sample some of the best-tasting vodka, rum, gin and other craft spirits and liquors around. Also learn about our private label spirits and private label liquors . Minhas Wisconsin Distillery can help you produce your own unique brand of spirits, liquerurs RTD’s and cordials. We will assist you from formulation all the way through to package design and marketing.

And check in with our blog for the latest cocktail recipes using Minhas Distillery premium spirits and liqueurs!

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Manjit minhas, entrepreneurial tour de force.

By Jana Manolakos

Hers is the face that could have launched a thousand ships, but instead this stunning, petite brunette launched a Canadian beer, wine and spirits empire with sales topping $187 million last year. Meet Manjit Minhas, an entrepreneurial tour de force and a perpetual motion machine whose high energy catapulted Minhas Breweries, Distillery and Wineries, a company she co-founded with her brother 20 years ago. It’s now in the global spotlight as the ninth largest brewery in the world, a far leap since first opening its doors as a small importer of private-label spirits for a chain of liquor stores her parents owned in Calgary. 

Today, Minhas’ calendar is packed with business meetings, pitches and deals; and, an all-important Saturday morning date with one of her two daughters for a school art project. Tonight she’s flying home to Calgary, Alberta, having just finished a promotional appearance in Vancouver for Dragon’s Den , the popular television series on which she appears as one of six dragons, all business moguls and powerhouse investors. 

When she was 19 and just one year over the legal drinking age, Minhas gave up pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering at the University of Regina, and sold her car to start what would become Minhas Breweries, Distillery and Wineries, scraping together an initial investment of $10,000 with her younger brother Ravinder. That was 1999. Three years later, they began importing beer, and in 2006 bought an established Wisconsin-based brewing company. 

“We were now a real brewer and we owned the brewery. And that was definitely our ‘We made it’ moment. It gave us the confidence to dream even bigger, and to keep moving forward in lots of different ways,” says Minhas.

Unable to find a supplier in Canada for their spirits, the sister and brother duo had turned to the United States, connecting with one in Kentucky. Minhas explains, “Because of NAFTA, we were able to bring alcohol back to Canada and vice versa when we got filter facilities in Calgary. NAFTA definitely was a big part of our success, and still is.”

Since then, the company has seen continued growth with assets that include the Calgary-based Minhas Micro Brewery, the Minhas Distillery, Minhas Winery and Minhas Kitchen located in Monroe, Wisconsin. A superlative deal maker and branding maven, Minhas secured a lucrative agreement with Costco, to make all of the Kirkland-brand beer worldwide, as well as all the craft beers under the Trader Joe’s label in the U.S. Today the company accounts for 120 name-brand beers, wine, spirits and liquors and distributes products in 20 countries, 40 U.S. states and almost all of Canada.

They were dealing with so many different brands, creating private labels and different point of sale materials that it became costly to contract out.  “Early on we decided that we needed to be as vertically integrated as possible along this journey, so we started a graphic design company,” Minhas says. Similarly, they own a trucking company and TV production studio which was started six years ago to make their own commercials and support advertising. Spotlight Productions is now the fourth largest production company in Canada.

“It allowed us to be faster than everybody else in our industry, from conceptual ideas to actually having product on shelves. That’s definitely been one of the keys to our success: our speed,” she explains.

While U.S. tariffs on aluminum have left an impact along with a weaker Canadian dollar, for Minhas it’s just part of business. “They definitely have affected us in our bottom line, but it happens to everybody. We’re not unique. There are a lot of things that a business owner doesn’t have control over, and you just have to keep going.”

Five people sit on the company board of directors which includes two women, steering the largely male workforce. Minhas admits, “Manufacturing is still so male dominated. When you’re looking for mechanics and forklift drivers and delivery drivers, there just aren’t women who are attracted to those jobs.” She points out that among the 300 employees, women can be found mostly in departments like accounting and finance, with a few more in the manufacturing plant. 

When asked whether women bring a certain attribute to entrepreneurship, Minhas points to an award the company received from a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder organization for being the first Canadian brewery to voluntarily place warning labels on all its cans and bottles. Minhas says, “As a responsible brewer and as a mother, I think that it is very important for people to understand the effects of alcohol.” 

The company and its partners have also taken steps to manage their environmental footprint by cracking down on packaging, eliminating the use of plastic rings for cans and relying instead on tight cases. “We push the use of cans because they are 100 percent recyclable. We do as much as we can in the manufacturing process to be environmentally friendly not only for the bottom line, but because it’s great for the world that I am raising my two young girls in.” 

Minhas makes it evident that her family has played a large part in her success as an entrepreneur, a role that remains elusive for many women struggling to meet the social expectations and financial challenges of raising a family, caring for aging parents and household commitments. “Being an entrepreneur unfortunately isn’t a job that you can take vacations from,” she admits. “It’s all-encompassing and can be overwhelming for a lot of people. Also, it’s not something that turns a profit right away, so you need to have the patience, the perseverance and the grit to continue until you see dividends. It’s hard for a lot of women.” 

No matter where the business takes her, Minhas still actively participates with her family and will often field calls from her girls asking what’s for lunch or to help find a favourite shirt. Her support comes from people both at Minhas Breweries, Distillery and Wineries, and at home – “especially at home, where I can rely on parents and in-laws and aunts and uncles and friends and paid help, and a great spouse, my husband, to help make it all work.”

In part, the strong family values and intrepid entrepreneurial spirit stem from her parents, especially her father. Trained as a mechanical engineer in India, Moni Minhas immigrated to Calgary in the latter part of the 1970s, where he worked in the booming petroleum industry until the early ’80s, when a global recession hit hard and he lost his job. It led to new beginnings in the liquor industry for him. After he sold the liquor stores to a public company in 2005, he started and sold two oil companies. His newest project, at age 65, is a distillery he built last year in Regina. 

Pointing to her father, Minhas says, “Being a good entrepreneur is about being able to have that drive and reinvent yourself over and over in your life based on market needs, based on your needs and wants, and what excites you.”  She says success as an entrepreneur is about constantly reinventing yourself to continue fuelling passion and to remain relevant in a changing world. For Minhas and her brother, this year marks the 20th anniversary of being in business, and while there have been a few bumps along the way – including a rough start gaining credibility and sales for their new winery business – it’s full steam ahead for this dynamic duo. To her goes the last word: “Take your journey one step at a time, master each day. Live in the moment and do not look at anybody else’s life to define your own score card.”  

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