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Half Pints Brewing Company

Half Pints Brewing Company

550 Roseberry Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3H 0T1
Canada

204-832-7468

Year Established: 2006

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At Half Pints, we brew beer using four basic ingredients: barley malt, water, hops, and yeast. This may sound like a simple approach, but given the combinations of available ingredients, we can literally make thousands of different beer styles and flavours. The size of each batch we make is roughly 1000 liters. Brewmaster David Rudge starts his day by grinding malted barley in the two roller grain mill. This grist is transported by auger to the brewhouse where it is mixed with hot brewing liquor (water) to form a mash. The mash looks almost like a 200 kilogram bowl of porridge, and once mixed it will sit undisturbed for approximately an hour. During this hour, enzymes in the barley malt will transform the starches into sugars, which later in the process we will ferment into alcohol. After the mash is done, the liquid portion of the mash is pumped over to the brew kettle. This takes about an hour, during which the mash is sprayed with hot brewing liquor (a process called sparging) to rinse the sugars from the grain. The total volume of liquid (known as wort) is brought to a rolling boil. During the one hour boil, we add hops in different stages to get different flavours. Hops we add at the beginning of the boil will provide bitterness. Hops added towards the last 20-30 minutes of the boil will add flavour to the brew. Finally, after the boil is finished, we can add hops again for aroma in the beer. Each addition provides a different flavour sensation when the beer is consumed. Once the boil is complete, we transfer the sweet, hopped wort into one of the fermenters. During this transfer, the wort is cooled, and oxygen is added to help yeast growth. We add yeast into the fermenter and over the next few days the yeast will convert the sugars in the wort to carbon dioxide and alcohol. The fermentation process takes five to seven days at room temperature (20 C.) for ales, and two to three weeks at cellar temperatures (10 - 12 C.) for lagers. When the initial fermentation finishes, we chill the beer to get the yeast to drop to the bottom of the tank. Sometimes we'll add hops directly into the fermenting tank, or like our Stir Stick Stout, we'll add ground coffee to the tank. This process, called dry hopping adds a huge aroma of fresh hops into the beer. Usually, this is the point that most breweries filter their beer. Half Pints doesn't. Simply put, filtering removes flavour from beer, and we (and our customers) expect more flavour from our beer. It takes a lot of patience and time to wait for a beer to clear, but it will eventually happen. The flat, clear beer is transferred to its final tank within the cooler, where it is carbonated. We then keg our beer, as needed, from this tank. When bottling, we use 100% recycled industry standard bottles, filling and capping four at a time. The bottles are labelled after filling and packed by hand into cases. For specialty beers in 650ml. bottles, we pull out our original hand bottler, and fill the bottles one at a time. It instantly makes us remember how far we've come since August 2006, when we opened to the public.

ID: 7105 Last updated 3 days ago Added to database 14 years ago

Quick Stats

97

Beers

69

Reviews

0

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Highest Rated: Half Pints Humulus Ludicrous [3.882]
Most Reviewed: Half Pints Stir Stick Stout [8]

Beers

Beer | Style | ABV Score
Half Pints / Black Bridge Interprovincial SMaSH
American Pale Ale| 5.2 %
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Half Pints $ellout $tout
Stout| 8.4 %
3.460 (2)
Half Pints Amanda's Gingerbread Stout
Stout| -
-
Half Pints American Brown
Brown Ale| 4.6 %
-
Half Pints Aurora Pale
American Pale Ale| 4.8 %
-
Half Pints Black Galaxy
American Black Ale| 6 %
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Half Pints Black Lager
Schwarzbier| 5.5 %
-
Half Pints Black Scrapper IPA
American Black Ale| -
-
Half Pints Breakfast Stout
Imperial Stout| 7.8 %
-
Half Pints British Bulldog
Extra Special Bitter| 5.8 %
-
Half Pints Bulldog Amber Ale
Amber Ale| 5.4 %
3.300 (7)
Half Pints Bulldog Amber Ale (Cascade Hops)
Amber Ale| 5.4 %
-
Half Pints Burly Wine
English Barleywine| 10.5 %
3.445 (6)
Half Pints Burlywine Bourbon Barrel Aged
English Barleywine| 10.5 %
-
Half Pints Chamomille Ale
Spiced Beer| 5.1 %
-
Half Pints CKUBrew
Amber Ale| 5 %
-
Half Pints CKUBrew (2012)
Blonde Ale| 5 %
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Half Pints Dark Punk’n
Spiced Beer| 5.2 %
-
Half Pints Dead Ringer Belgian IPA
Belgian Ale| 5.9 %
-
Half Pints Demeter's Harvest
Wheatwine| 11 %
3.025 (1)
Half Pints Dog's Breakfast Amber Ale
Amber Ale| 5.4 %
-
Half Pints Dr. Emmett Brown
Brown Ale| 4.7 %
-
Half Pints Dr. FrankenStein’s Alt
Altbier| 5.8 %
-
Half Pints Drunken Bunny
Milk Stout| -
-
Half Pints Earl of Greydog
Amber Ale| 5.4 %
-
Half Pints Eastmount ESB
Extra Special Bitter| 4.8 %
-
Half Pints Encyclopedia Brown
Brown Ale| 4.5 %
-
Half Pints Fingy Pudding
Abbey Quadrupel| 11 %
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Half Pints First Fruit
American Pale Ale| 4.7 %
-
Half Pints Five-Al IPA
IPA| 5.5 %
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Half Pints Flatlanders Black
American Black Ale| 6 %
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Half Pints Ginger Shandy
Fruit Beer| 4.8 %
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Half Pints Gloves Off Scrapper
IPA| 6.5 %
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Half Pints Grand Slam
Stout| 7 %
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Half Pints Grand Slam (Maple Whiskey)
Stout| 7.3 %
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Half Pints Grewsome Scotch Ale
Scottish Ale| 8 %
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Half Pints Heiðrún’s Sweet Mead
Mead| 10.5 %
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Half Pints Heimer Thyme
Hefeweizen| 5 %
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Half Pints HoppenHeimer
American Wheat| 4.8 %
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Half Pints Humulus Ludicrous
Imperial IPA| 8 %
3.882 (8)
Half Pints Imperial Breakfast Stout
Imperial Stout| 8.5 %
-
Half Pints Irish Stout
Dry Stout| 4.8 %
-
Half Pints Isolator
Doppelbock| 8.6 %
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Half Pints Jeff Stacey's White IPA
Witbier| 5.7 %
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Half Pints Joshua Bercheid's Smoked Wheat
American Wheat| 6.5 %
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Half Pints King James
Kölsch| 5.6 %
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Half Pints Le Temps Noir
Imperial Stout| 9.6 %
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Half Pints Little Scrapper India Pale Ale
IPA| 6 %
3.340 (7)
Half Pints Little Scrapper India Pale Ale (Mosaic)
IPA| 6 %
-
Half Pints Mighty Red
Irish Ale| 4.9 %
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Half Pints Mighty Red with Maple
Irish Ale| 4.9 %
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Half Pints Mocha Valentine Stout
Milk Stout| 5.6 %
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Half Pints Mochaccino Stout
Milk Stout| 6 %
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Half Pints Mole Stout
Chocolate Stout| -
-
Half Pints Mother In Law
Ale| 5.9 %
-
Half Pints Mr. Peanut Butter's Revenge
Stout| 5.6 %
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Half Pints Mr. Peanut Butter's Stout
Stout| 5.2 %
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Half Pints Noche De Los Alebrijes
Dunkel / Dark Lager| 5.2 %
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Half Pints Oktoberfest Lager
Marzen / Oktoberfest| 6.2 %
3.350 (3)
Half Pints Ol' Glory
American Barleywine| -
-
Half Pints Old Red Barn
Flanders Red| 5.7 %
-
Half Pints Phil's Pils
Bohemian / Czech Pilsener| 5.2 %
3.588 (5)
Half Pints Piña Colada India Pale Ale
IPA| 5.5 %
-
Half Pints Piña Colada Porter
Baltic Porter| 7.9 %
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Half Pints Pistachio Mustachio Brown Ale
Brown Ale| 4.9 %
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Half Pints Pothole Porter
Baltic Porter| 7.9 %
3.340 (2)
Half Pints Pride Winnipeg Queer Beer (2011)
Helles / Dortmunder| 4.8 %
-
Half Pints Pride Winnipeg Queer Beer (2012)
Helles / Dortmunder| 4.8 %
-
Half Pints Punk'N'Fest
Marzen / Oktoberfest| -
-
Half Pints Rigamarole Rye
Rye Beer| -
-
Half Pints SaazAmatazz
Amber Ale| 5.2 %
-
Half Pints Saison De La Ceinture Fléchée
Saison| 5.5 %
3.175 (1)
Half Pints Saison Du Provencher
Saison| 5.4 %
-
Half Pints Simcoe Spruce
Spiced Beer| 5 %
-
Half Pints Smoktoberfest
Rauchbier| 6.2 %
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Half Pints Spring Wheat
American Wheat| 5.3 %
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Half Pints St. Bernard Winter Ale
Spiced Beer| 5.4 %
-
Half Pints St. James Pale Ale
Kölsch| 4.8 %
3.067 (3)
Half Pints St. James Pale Ale with Hibiscus
Kölsch| 4.8 %
-
Half Pints St. James Pale Ale with Raspberry
Kölsch| 4.8 %
-
Half Pints Stir Stick Stout
Stout| 6 %
3.455 (8)
Half Pints Stout Of Heart
Dry Stout| 4.7 %
-
Half Pints Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Amber Ale| 5.6 %
-
Half Pints Sweet Nikki Brown
Brown Ale| 4.9 %
3.400 (5)
Half Pints Teddy Hopper
Imperial IPA| 9 %
-
Half Pints Texas Grapefruit Massacre
IPA| 6 %
-
Half Pints The Father
Abbey Dubbel| 7.2 %
3.350 (3)
Half Pints The Golden Brett
Belgian Ale| -
-
Half Pints The Holy Spirit
Witbier| 4.8 %
3.200 (2)
Half Pints The Son
Belgian Ale| 5.2 %
3.180 (2)
Half Pints Ursa Minor
American Pale Ale| 5 %
-
Half Pints Vanilla Stout
Stout| 5.6 %
-
Half Pints Voodoo Child Dark Mild
Mild Ale| 2.9 %
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Half Pints Waimea Pale Ale
American Pale Ale| 5.5 %
-
Half Pints Weizenbock
Weizenbock| 6.2 %
3.360 (2)
Half Pints WeizenHeimer
Hefeweizen| 5 %
3.380 (2)
Half Pints Wry Wit
Rye Beer| 4.8 %
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