Luxalune Gastropub / The Farmery Estate Brewery
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mhaugo:
3.5/5 rDev +6.7%
My initial impression as I walked into this bar was one of slight concern. I was welcomed by a three foot stack of cardboard six-pack holders, a couple of beat up pool tables, a giant “Spin the Wheel”, two dozen abused booths, and a life-sized cut out of the Most Interesting Man in the World. The interior was painted in black and punctuated with a handful of television screens featuring hockey. The furniture was pretty worn and the bathroom was beat absolutely to hell. I was not travelling with beer people and I was worried that I may lose some credibility here. My colleagues and I apprehensively took a seat and began to thumb through a menu.
The owners of Luxalune apparently brew their own beer under the banner Farmery Estate. The beer is an all-malt lager, and to add a twist to this story, they even grow their own barley in the fields of Manitoba. So this is what I started with.
I was a bit surprised when this beer came to me in a 12 ounce bottle with an empty Mason jar. I’m at the source and it doesn’t come in draft? Farmery Premium Lager is sweet, corny, and easy to drink. I guess the beer is decent attempt at what it was trying to be even if it’s not generally my cup of tea. And I wasn’t impressed with the empty jar, but I guess there are worse offenses to be made in a beer bar.
When the beer came we ordered food, and this is when Luxalune started to shine. Almost everything was presented in “tapas” format, so we ordered a bunch of different items for the table. Out came pub fries, several vegetarian pizzas, and an incredible beer-blueberry-Brie cheese combination. The food was fantastic. All of it. We ordered food, and then ordered a second round. I can’t speak highly enough of their menu. Absolutely wonderful.
Luxalune indicates that they have 150 beers available, but to me it looked like only eight of these are on draft handles (and two of them were blank on this particular evening). Their international selection was mildly uninspiring, but the list of Canadian bottles was brilliant. There was Russell Brewery, Driftwood, Phillips Brewing Granville Island, and Parallel 49 from British Columbia. They had Big Rock from Alberta and Unibroue from Quebec. Waterloo, Muskoka, Double Trouble, and Mill Street represented Ontario. Yukon was there from Yukon, as was Pumphouse from New Brunswick. And of course Manitoba was there with Half Pints and Fort Garry.
In a nutshell… Luxalune looks a little questionable, but they’ve got a great Canadian beer list and amazing food. I would go back in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone looking for a local pint.
10-10-2013 02:09:49 | More by mhaugo
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2.75/5 rDev -16.2%
Stopped by here quite a long time ago but never got around to posting my notes. I'm pretty sure I visited in October of 2013.
In terms of atmosphere, it might be a bit hard to judge this place. It's not a particularly attractive bar, but it's dark and has a bit of character. It was a large space and decent looking but seemed a bit dingy, which is not uncommon for bars in the city. There was extremely irritating club music on at a level I would never be proud of and there were big TVs with sports on as well. There was a 'shooters menu' too, so that can give you an idea of what they might be trying to do here.
Quality of the beer was fine. Everything was refrigerated so no complaints.
Service was pretty weak for a 'craft beer' spot. None of the servers seemed knowledgable with regards to the products they were slinging. I asked for something hoppy and was suggested a Muskoka Summer Weisse because 'most Muskoka beers are hoppy.' I mean come on. Bartenders were walking around drinking in front of customers at the bar and I was also asked if I wanted a glass for my beer. In addition to that I overheard a staff member say 'thank God nobody asks me about beer aside from what's on tap.' You get the idea.
Selection was decent for the city. They certainly had a large number of beers available, but only one on tap, and additionally half of the bottles weren't in stock. You won't find anything there you can't find at MLCC stores. Lot's of Ontario bottles, but nothing too exciting. They seem to be going for quantity but not necessarily quality. The only beer on tap is Farmery, which is a beer that advertises itself as local, when in reality it is brewed at Muskoka, which is damn far away. I also noticed that lot's of the beers in the fridge were turned around so you couldn't see the labels.
Prices were OK. They had a good happy hour so I got some deals, but otherwise, I wouldn't put up with this place just for that.
All in all this seems like a place that's trying to dress itself up as a beer place, it's just executed very poorly. Staff/hiring is obviously a problem and selection is held back a fair bit by what they CAN get in, but they could use some more taps. I wouldn't go here again.
07-21-2014 21:51:46 | More by tbeckett
3.6/5 rDev +9.8%
A hustling and bustling place on a Saturday night, with lots of groups enjoying themselves, but I hope you don't mind hipsters if you plan on going here...
The quality of the products is fairly good, by Manitoba standards... Lots of mediocre beers though, and the server tried to sell me on a Hoegaarden when I asked if they had any Triples. They try to match the beer to a glass when they have a clue, but their servers aren't terribly knowledgeable and brought me a beer sleeve for a Kwak. Nevertheless, if you come knowing the MLCC listings you will be fine and they have most everything here and were polite in trying to deal with a guy who asked for a different beer glass :) Service was also, at times, slow due to the crowd inside.
Food was tasty, and made from local ingredients. Some standard pub fare, but mainly eclectic ethnic dishes (Mexican and Asian influences were apparent). Their cheapest bottle though was $5.80 that I had (and it was a domestic craft that cost $2.50 in the LC).
10-24-2010 06:28:53 | More by kjyost
Luxalune Gastropub / The Farmery Estate Brewery in Winnipeg, MB, Canada
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.