An impending closure spelled the end of an era and the loss of jobs for around 40 employees. That is, until a group of determined and dedicated workers stepped up to the challenge and fought for Saskatchewan’s brewery.  

The brewery was built in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1927, operating as the Hub City Brewing Company. The plant became the Western Canada Brewing Company in 1930 and then Drewery’s Limited in 1932.

In 1956, the Brewery was acquired and operated as O’Keefe Brewing until 1989 when an amalgamation between Carling O’Keefe and Molson Brewing Company spelled the end of the brewery.

A group of 16 determined and bold employees stood up, pooled their resources and formed the Great Western Brewing Company. Now, the Great Western Brewing Company is one of Canada’s most successful regional brewers and an internationally recognized producer of world-class beer.


Since 1990 we have been dedicated to a proud, truly Saskatchewan brewing tradition. Local is in everything we do—from the barley up. 

Saskatchewan barley makes the best beer. We know this, and we also don’t mess around when it comes to beer. To bring you the best in flavour, we single source our barley from ten Saskatchewan communities.

We pay a premium to make sure that Saskatchewan’s beer truly is 100% locally brewed, owned and grown. We work directly with the farmers who grow the barley to make your beer, so we know exactly what’s going in to every batch we make.

So next time you’re in Balgonie, Herschel, Kinley, Biggar, Cando, Hanley, Luseland, Englefeld, Holdfast, or Dinsmore, give a wave as a salute to Saskatchewan beer that’s 100% local.


Amanda Butt is our Brewmaster. She oversees our entire process to ensure Great Western continues to brew some of the world’s greatest tasting beer, right here in the prairies.

Amanda is Canadian-born and originally from Newfoundland, where she gained a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. She has also holds a Master of Science degree in brewing and distilling from the world-renowned Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Before joining us, Amanda led brewing research and development—and helped launch over 20 new beers—at the Boston Beer Company, Massachusetts. Prior to this role, she worked in Canada with Labatt Brewing Company (AB InBev).

She’s here to create award-winning beer, maintain our international brewing reputation and bring innovative thinking to the Great Western brewing process.