In 2006 before the trend of craft brewing reached Manitoba, establishments like Half Pints Brewing Company were trying to make beer differently. Half Pints CEO David Rudge and Brewmaster Chris Young talk about the challenges of being a local brewery and how the Winnipeg music scene played a role in developing consumer taste for local craft beer.
Written and narrated and produced by Kent Davies
Interview participants: Chris Young and Dave Rudge
Episode Images: Kimberley Moore
Theme Music: Robert Kenning
Selections from “Transistor 66 & Half Pints Presents: Meet the Family,” 2011. Courtesy of Transistor 66 Record Co.
The Lonely Vulcans – The Lonely Vulcan
Kids on Fire – Grand Mystifier
Farrell Brothers – Breakin’ Out of Here
Subcity – Too Loud for this City
The Thrashers – Evolution is slow
The Thrashers – Kinkers, Betties, & Beer
Microdot- End Credits Roll
Fallenshort - Fallenshort.
“Up and At ‘Em” by Dave Caplan’s Toronto Band, 1926 (AMICUS 45168615) Library and Archives Canada
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Wright, Bill and Dave Craig. 300 Years of Beer: An Illustrated History of Brewing in Manitoba. Great Plains Publications, 2013.
Preserves is made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and assistance from the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg.