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Sookrams Brewing Co – Lord of the Pies

The last few days I’ve paid a couple of visits to Sookrams Brewing Co. I’m going to get into that in a little bit. However, I first want to give a bit of an update. [sookrams]

My previous post I mention that I’m starting a new job. At the same time, I recently moved my blog back to being self-hosted. Put those two things together, and the next you know there are two weeks without any posts.

Sookrams beer coaster.
There are always plenty of coasters on the tables at Sookrams

Sookrams on Saturday

So, I’ve been hearing about Sookrams Brewing Co. for a quite a while. A friend of mine takes his family there quite frequently, and I see the pictures on Facebook. Every time I see them, they are enjoying food along with their beverages. 

However, when I show up on Saturday, I discover that food is not a regular feature in the tap room. They do offer a selection of snacks. They also are teaming up with food trucks to offer food on select days, but this is basically a bar with snacks.

Sookrams is located on Warsaw Avenue, just west of Pembina Highway. For me, it’s also conveniently located just east of the Osborne Transitway Station. The building was originally a transmission station for CBC(Canadian Broadcasting Company).

Board games
Board games and beverages. An enjoyable combination.

The building is long and narrow. To the left is a large group of tables designed to hold 8 to 10 people, while there are 3 tables about the same size to your right. Straight ahead is the bar, and beyond that you can see the brewing facilities.

One of the first things I discovered about Sookrams is that Colin Enquist works there. I first met Colin several years ago in my early social media days. He’s a great guy and very knowledgeable about beer. Colin previously worked at the much missed Peg BeerCo.

I didn’t take any pictures of the brewing area, but Colin gave me a quick tour of the area. There are several large brewing vats, and a couple of smaller ones which they use for their weekly specials. 

Desert Island India Pale Ale
Desert Island India Pale Ale.

Two now and Two for Later

My first beverage for the Saturday was the Sookrams feature of the week. Every week they brew a small batch of an experimental beer flavour. Last week the beer had a coffee finish. There is no picture, but I really like it. The beer is lighter with a good coffee taste.

For my second beverage Saturday I tried the Desert Island India Pale Ale. I like an IPA in general and this one is very good. A good fruity flavour, but not overpoweringly strong. It would make a good desert island drink to enjoy with your Desert Island Discs.

I also grabbed a couple of cans to take home with me. The Cosmos and the MacGuffin. I really enjoy the sour of the cosmos. The MacGuffin waits for another day.

Returning for More Beer and Pie

Sookrams food trucks
A list of the food trucks that will be visiting Sookrams throughout the summer.

Each table also features a list of the food trucks visiting during the summer. The brewery also likes to do popups and you can check their Facebook page to stay informed. 

Seeing that yesterday they would be hosting Lord of the Pies, I knew I wanted to return for that. 

I mentioned earlier that Sookrams is just off the Transitway. This means I can grab a bus downtown and be there in no more than 10 minutes. The Lord of the Pies truck is sitting on the parking lot next to the brewery’s side entrance. There are only two or three people standing around. I order a tourtiere and a sausage roll, before ordering my beverages.

Beer Flight

I use the plural, because this time around I order a flight. A flight is four five ounce glasses of beer.  I did not write down all the proper names. However, the four I choose are: 

Cult Classic – A pilsner, this one is listed on their website.

A Sour – This is a lighter version of the Cosmos

Mexican Lager – The lightest of the beers I tried and quite refreshing 〈the small batch for this week〉

Coffee Pilsner –  By the time I ordered the other three I had, between two visits, worked through all the choices. So, I went back to the coffee as a dessert beer.

I sampled each while I waited for my food order to be ready. A video commentary was attempted, but I didn’t do a good enough job on it.

Beer Flight
As you can see the flight was labeled, which is good for people like me who can never remember what they were just told.

Lord of the Pies at Sookrams for Supper

meat pie and sausage roll at Sookrams
The tourtiere and the sausage roll.
pie showing filling
The filling of the pie showing through the crust.

Both the sauasge roll and the pie arrive with deep brown crusts. I appreciate the character of the crust, but they are a bit of a challenge to the plastic forks.

Both dishes share one common attribute. Their fillings are very savoury. They meat is well cooked. The seasoning, particularly in the tourtiere is noticeable in both the filling and the crust. 

The pie is large enough to make for a decent meal, yet not so much that the sausage roll is too much to handle.

With such choices being available at Sookram’s I will definitely going to make sure that I keep my eyes open to see what they are up to next. 

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.