WE’RE MORGAN AND AMBER, THE FACES BEHIND
No surprise, we’re both incredibly passionate about craft beer, and it just so happens we were lucky enough to find this passion early enough in our lives to build our careers out of it (over 3 decades combined!). We’ve spent much of our lives exploring beer all over the world but eventually, all roads led us back to Winnipeg - our home and one of the most special places on earth.
When we began creating our vision for the brewery, we both agreed we wanted to build something that is bigger than just beer, something bigger than ourselves. What we are hoping to do is to inspire our community through our beer, collaboration, and a combined effort to bring friends, families, and neighbours together over a shared thirst for inspired beers and honest connections.
A LEAGUE OF OUR OWN
Fun Fact - we are the first all-female (and 2SLGBTQ+) owned and all-female operated brewery in Manitoba and one of few in Canada! As we look back to the start of our careers, seeing women in leadership and/or ownership roles in the beer business was quite rare - let us tell you, it has been a long journey my friends! Now this is something we recognize and celebrate but not lead with - our agenda is not to discriminate by gender but to open our doors for folks to enter the industry who might not have had a chance in the past. Our dream is to create a brewery that is inviting, inclusive and fosters a sense of community - and at the end of the day, have some fun!
OUR BEGINNINGS - A CONTRACT BREWING ADVENTURE
Our long-term vision has always been to build a small neighbourhood brewery in Winnipeg, and in order for us to achieve this dream, we had to root our beginnings by contract brewing while building a brewery home of our own (not for the faint of heart might we add!). Thus, enter Sean and the Oxus Brewing team - in the spring of 2021 our contact brewing adventure began when Sean welcomed us into his space as a temporary home for us to brew our beer. In April of 2021 we released our very first Good Neighbour beers (Hazy Pale Ale, Bumbleberry Milkshake Sour, and our beloved Czech Premium Pale Lager) and since then we've brewed over 100 beers! We are incredibly grateful and humbly recognize that the space Sean and the Oxus Brewing team provided played an integral part in the journey that led us to achieving our dream of starting our own brewery! As we prepare to “leave the nest”, we realize how much we will miss seeing and laughing with our Oxus brewing family - we wish them nothing but the best.
OUR BEGINNINGS PART 2 - THE BEER CAN - A LITTLE POP-UP IN A POP-UP!
1 Granite Way - The Granite Club Parking lot
The Beer Can is Winnipeg’s largest outdoor beer garden that “pops-up” during the summer months in the parking lot of the Granite Curling Club - which is central to some of Winnipeg's most iconic neighbourhoods, landmarks and surrounded by the river, trees and greenspace! The Beer Can team is a collective group of incredible people who are passionate about uplifting and supporting our local community (and breweries). They have created a really unique space (that they built with their family and friends!) that is inclusive, mindful and energising. Check them out here.
Early 2021 we had the idea to call up Brad Chute and Neal McDonald (co-owners of the Beer Can) and throw a wild idea at them - for us (Good Neighbour) to purchase and build our own C-Can bar and pop it into their forest area for the summer as an almost pop-up Good Neighbour Taproom where we could sell and feature our beer, meet people, and share our story. Wild, bold idea right?! Long story short, they agreed and our lives changed forever. We’ve popped-up at The Beer Can for two beer-filled summers and we couldn’t be more excited to be joining them for another season! Brad, Neal and their families alongside the great crew who work at The Beer Can have quickly become our family and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to park our can there and be a part of it all. Hope to see you at “The Can” this summer!
A HOME OF OUR OWN - A NEIGHBOURHOOD BREWERY & TAPROOM IN THE HEART OF WEST BROADWAY
The Good Neighbour Restaurant – Next Door
116 Sherbrook St
Our Restaurant, Next Door, is a gathering space for our West Broadway Neighbours located right beside the brewery. A space to kick up your feet and relax over a good pint of beer and great food to match. Our friends Stefan, Nyk, and Jesse (from Kosmo's Food Cantina and Hoagie Boyz) are powering the food menu with fun new takes on everyday food done really well and, of course, made to have you reaching for your pint of beer.
The Good Neighbour Brewery, Tasting Room & Bottle Shop
110 Sherbrook St. - Opening in the spring of 2023
Our long-term vision of building a neighbourhood brewery has finally become a reality as we plant our roots into our new brewery home at 110 Sherbrook Street. Located adjacent to our Taproom (at 116 Sherbrook Street), with a shared courtyard in between, our humble brewery abode will be nestled within the heart of the West Broadway neighbourhood, in the city we are proud to call home. We are working at building the brewery which will also host a small tasting room and bottle shop in the front - we are on target to open the doors to you all in the spring 2023!
We will sign off here by thanking all of you, Neighbours, for the ongoing support and encouragement. We raise a glass to you, our community, and thank you for joining us on our journey. We hope our beer brings you as much joy as it brings us.
Cheers to the ‘good’ times,
Morgan & Amber and the Good Neighbour crew