On our way back to Alberta after lots of fun drinking and exploring orchards in Winnipeg, we stopped overnight in Saskatoon again. This time we made plans to grab drinks with Sue from Living Sky Winery. She suggested we meet at 9 Mile Legacy, where they have Living Sky Winery’s cider on tap!
9 Mile Legacy is a cute taproom that originally started as a very tiny microbrewery.
Their about us section on their website is really beautifully written and I wanted to share it verbatim:
9 Mile Legacy Brewing is a story of collaboration, growth and good neighbours. It is about celebrating good times together and weathering hard times together. It is a story often told in places like Saskatchewan.
A century ago, when the Moens and Pedersons settled in the Cabri/Abbey area (northwest of Swift Current), their farms were located roughly 9 miles apart. Over the years, our families have often worked alongside one another – a tradition we find ourselves continuing. We remember our legacy with reverence and are guided by its shared values.
I love that their brand embraces their heritage and the essence of Saskatchewan.
I was traveling with my friend and her five month old, so the fact that the taproom allowed kids was incredible. I’ve heard it said that the sign of a truly livable city is spaces to where parents can enjoy a craft beverage with their friends and their kids in tow.
It was so baby friendly that she fell asleep while we chatted!
9 Mile Legacy Craft Beer Flight
We decided to share a flight of beers plus the cider. The beers we had were:
- Golden Ticket: The Golden Ticket brings spicy Belgian yeast character without the hefty alcohol content.
- Odd Couple: this Asian-inspired golden ale Golden Ale w/ Lemongrass, Ginger & Szechuan Pepper is designed to quench the hot Saskatchewan summer.
- Nature City: a light malt profile, using red wheat and flaked barley to increase the body and balance the delicate hop aromas of strawberry, melon, banana and spice.
- Angus Stout: named for Garrett’s Grandpa Angus, this is a reliable beer with an edge. Oats lend a nice silkiness and roasted barley provides a coffee-like finish.
In preparing for this blog post, I checked out the rest of their beers on their website. I would love to work my way through the list; there are so many interesting combinations. I can see that same passion for experimentation and local prairie ingredients that we have in making cider. Their community connection and spirit of collaboration is also very clear.
Puddle Jumper Rhubarb Cider from Living Sky Winery
The cider, of course, was still the highlight for me. In fact, I think it was my favourite drink I had on my whole prairie adventure!
Living Sky’s original rhubarb cider. Dry, crisp and definitely rhubarb. Invokes a hot summer day on the deck with friends.
I could taste the quality and real ingredients in the cider and appreciated the fact that was indeed, dry. We excitedly grabbed a growler full to take home.
Unfortunately, we had a very tragic cider accident. The growler was sitting in the fridge and we could hear a bubbling noise. When my friend opened the door, a flood of cider came out! The bottom of the growler had separated from the top. It was truly tragic because we really loved this cider… so in an act of desperation, we scooped up as much as possible from the bottom of the fridge… I can’t tell if that’s embarrassing or a moment to be proud of.
The staff at 9 Mile Legacy were amazing though. Because we are out of province, we couldn’t get a replacement growler but they did offer to send us a t-shirt! Top notch customer service.
Besides at 9 Mile Legacy, you can also pick up Living Sky wine and cider at the Saskatoon and Regina Farmers’ Markets!
Living Sky Winery
Chatting with Sue from Living Sky Winery was great fun. She gave us an insider’s perspective of the craft liquor industry. It was particularly helpful as someone from a prairie province where fruit growing might not be your first choice in careers. She was realistic about the challenges of growing fruit in a unique climate but at the same time passionate about seeing the industry grow.
Saskatchewan Artisan Wine and Spirits Association
Sue is also the chair of the Saskatchewan Artisan Wine and Spirits Association. The Saskatchewan Artisan Wine & Spirits Association is a not-for-profit membership group committed to the advocacy of craft wine, mead, cider and spirits of Saskatchewan.
Together with the Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association, they released SaskDrinks.com, a website with an interactive map of all their combined members. It features the locations on a map as well as links to their websites, social media, and directions to get there.
I know a lot of our friends and family are regularly in Saskatchewan for a variety of reasons, so I highly recommend you check it out.
If you want to read more posts about traveling to explore craft liquor producers, visit our cider tourism section.