Mill Street Brewery is Canada’s largest brewer of certified organic beer, with over 70 unique beers. Recently, they’ve started opening brewpubs. The Bier Markt is a pub-style, european-inspired food spot heralded for offering over 150 beers from more than 30 different countries. The two have joined forces to co-open the newest food’n’pint spot in town today, on the harbourfront, where the Keg used to be.
This partnership is the first of its kind in Canada for these two chains. As a result, patrons will enjoy Bier Markt’s unrivaled selection of beers (supposing they carry all of what Toronto-based Bier Markts carry), alongside Mill Street Brewpub’s offerings. At this location, Mill Street will “brew innovative, small-batch beers exclusively for the enjoyment of local beer lovers.”
“Our focus is going to be on crafting locally inspired beers,” says Mill Street’s brewmaster Joel Manning, “and really becoming part of the St. John’s community. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our family of beers and brew seasonal specialty beers that will be a constant source of new local flavours and experiences for our fans in St. John’s.”
There will be 46 draught beers on tap! As an homage to the generations of sailors, Mill Street’s first local brew will be the Longshore Porter. “Already fermenting in the tanks, it will be a fitting tribute to the Longshoremen who built St. John’s into the great port town it has long been.”
Longshore Porter will be Mill Street’s first-ever batch brewed beer made in Atlantic Canada. Mill Street Brewery also plans to invite the St. John’s community in for brewmaster dinners, featuring food and beer pairings with Head Brewer Alexis Wagner, and offer educational classes and tours.
As for Bier Markt, operating partner Robert Medal says they “look forward to establishing [our] first location in Atlantic Canada and bringing the best of Bier Markt to the St. John’s beer scene. With such a viable market, it was just a matter of finding the right location.”
Bier Markt’s menu comes with a dictionary of beer so you can properly explore the world of lagers and ales. In addition to the overwhelming drink menu, they serve food meant to complement beer, from gouda bombs and duck wings, to charcuterie and spaetzle soup.
The massive space can accommodate nearly 400 guests. In addition to year-round live music (Thurs-Sat) and the view from the second floor, there is a retractable glass wall that allows open-air-ish dining during the warmer months.