Something You Might Not Know About Us Part Two

We, like many breweries, love have 4 legged visitors in.  At Manantler we are avid animal lovers, and we welcome dogs and cats for visits!  For the animals we offer our top of the line filtered water as well as treats, of course with the owner’s permission.  I can personally say that it makes my day when customers bring their animals in for a beer!

Something You Might Not Know Part One

Do you know Corey went to the Niagara College for the Brew Master and Operations Management course?  When applying to the program, applicants are allowed to apply for the “Matt Soos” scholarship.  To get the scholarship you must brew a beer and have it professionally judged and then win first place!  Corey won with his brew of a Belgian IPA.  He knew how to make good beer even before he was classically trained to make good beer

What Sets Us Apart

It’s hard to write a blurb about what makes us special without people reading into it and assuming that we think we’re better than other breweries.  I am very proud to work at Manantler. If I'm being totally honest, I brag about us all the time.  However, I don’t want this to come across as brag-y, but more of a “here are some things we’re proud of” tidbit.

One thing I love to mention to customers is the passion we have at Manantler for all that we do.  I mean, it goes without saying that we all love beer.  But the passion we have for all the work we do at the brewery is something I love.  It’s the second best part about working here - second of course to seeing and talking to our amazing customers! (Too much??) And if you’ve ever talked to Corey about beer, well, you can see the passion in his eyes when he talks about it.  I think loving what you do is so important and it makes all the difference in the atmosphere, especially in a setting such as ours.

Another thing we have? We have something for everyone.  No matter what style of beer you’re into at any given time, I would be willing to bet we have something that will tickle your fancy.  We have beer for a non craft beer drinker to enjoy, and we have beer for the hop heads out there, and anyone in between!  I think it’s a beautiful thing when beer can bring people together, with no discrimination towards anyone’s taste buds!

What's Our Most Popular Beer?

As a tap room staff I get this question a lot but it’s a hard one to answer.  What sells the most?  Without looking at the numbers, I find our one-off beers sell out the fastest.  The styles that are brand new and masterfully made, they always seem to go the quickest.  On the flip side, there are beers that possibly aren’t our top sellers, but the people who love them, LOVE them, and always keep coming back for them.  We are well known for a couple of our Black IPA’s (Dark Prince and Hot Wax), if you like a dark hoppy beer, those two are amazing and keep people coming back for more.  Finally, we have our lighter, easier drinking beers (Roberta Blondar and Creamed By Bickell), which sell very steadily on any given day.  So yes, the article title was misleading because I still didn’t tell you what our most popular beer is.  But maybe the next time you go to a brewery, whether it be Manantler or any other one, ask the bartender what his or her favourite beer on tap is.  You’ll see their eyes light up - we love talking about the beer that we love!  You’ll also get a slightly less wish-washy answer.

Where Do We Get Our Ideas

Creativity can be a difficult thing to come by, yet in the craft beer industry there seems to be no shortage of it.  From beer recipes, to beer names, to the fun  and artistic labels, there always seems to be something new coming out from breweries all across the province - and beyond.  We have had many people ask where we come up with these ideas for new brews and new names.  In all honesty, there isn’t a formula for how those in charge decide on this stuff, but I’ll let you in on a few of the ways they come up with the ideas.  

When it comes to beer styles, one of the deciding factors is the season.  If you come into the brewery in the colder months, you’re bound to find a lot more dark beers on tap and in the bottle fridge.  Where as in the summer, you’ll find more lighter in colour beers, as well as more fruity and ‘summery’ flavours.  Of course this isn’t always the case, considering we came out with our first ever sour, which is thought of as more of a summer style, in October of 2018.

Other than that, I think we can chalk it up to Corey and the rest of the staff’s creative minds.  For beer names, we love to do a play on words with the beer style, as well as references to random things.  The Machine is a reference to a comedian named Bert Kreischer and one of his comedy skits.  Oat Of This World is an Oat IPA that is literally out of this world, so a very fitting name.

I suppose you could say that if you’re creative enough, there is truly inspiration in anything.

What I Love About The Industry

I love craft beer, I think most people reading this article would agree with that statement.  Since starting in the industry though, I feel like I’ve gained a new appreciation for craft beer, for the people who make it and sell it, and for the mentality that this industry holds.  

If you’ve talked to me before at the brewery you might have heard me talk about how much I love this community.  All industries are competitive - after all a business needs sales to stay afloat.  But the craft beer industry is one of the friendliest ones out there (definitely the friendliest competition I’ve ever come across). There is never a time I’ve heard any brewer speak badly of another.  Not once have I heard an owner of a brewery slander the name of another brewery.  I love this community aspect, everyone seeking to help each other.  If one brewer comes across a hiccup, let me grab Corey for you, he will lend you his expertise.  You like our sour beer?  Check out Chronicle, they love making sours!  Looking for some interestingly random beer flavours?  5 Paddles will give you your fix.  I could go on like this for a while but I think you get the point.  The beer is a great reason to go out and explore different breweries across Ontario, but I think the community is what keeps people coming back every time.