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OGC is the collaboration of two Winnipeg boys, Jon Burge and Tim Hudek. Jon and Tim were lucky enough to travel and move around in their 20s which allowed them to experience some amazing food, beer, architecture and style. Missing their home, they both moved back to Winnipeg to share some of their experiences while fusing them with what makes Winnipeg one great city. The result is a combination of style, atmosphere and flavour that are unique to Winnipeg.

The Design – creating something unique in Winnipeg. The restaurant and brewery are separated from each other with over three hundred square feet of glass so that customers can see inside the brewery from every seat. To balance the cold feeling of steel and glass, OGC uses as much local and reclaimed wood as possible. Its owners and managers also performed as much of the design work as they could including grinding and polishing the floors, building the bar and building the chairs, tables, etc.

The Food – a fusion of high end dining with traditional comfort food everyone can appreciate. OGC’s Chef, Jon, takes the same care that is used in fine dining and applies it to pub food for a menu that is adventurous while remaining accessible. Customers will find the menu familiar but with twists that make an old favourite even better. They will also notice a higher caliber of ingredient as OGC uses as many fresh and local inputs as possible.

The Beer – adventurous and accessible. Some beers will be familiar to all beer drinkers while others will be pleasant surprises. However, everyone will appreciate the quality of ingredients and the freshness of OGC’s beer that really sets us apart from the standard lager.

OGC FAQ

Why “One Great City”?

The term “One Great City” means different things to different people. To us, it is Winnipeg’s former motto that was a comfortable reminder after a long road trip that we were finally home. To others, it is the Weakerthans’ ode to their city.

The reason we chose One Great City is because both of OGC’s owners left Winnipeg for a number of years and found themselves drawn back. In this time away, they realized how much they missed Winnipeg and how much it has to offer. They moved back to combine their experiences into a business that offers unparalleled service and flavour and create a new experience for the people that brought them back.

The reason we chose One Great City is because both of OGC’s owners left Winnipeg for a number of years and found themselves drawn back. In this time away, they realized how much they missed Winnipeg and how much it has to offer. They moved back to combine their experiences into a business that offers unparalleled service and flavour and create a new experience for the people that brought them back.

What is a brewpub?

A brewpub is a restaurant that actually brews its own beer. The advantage of this for the customer is that the beer they drink is always fresh which is a difference you can taste. The term can be ambiguous so some restaurants might call themselves a “brewpub” or “brew house” even if they don’t actually brew their own beer or even serve craft beer.

What if I don’t like beer?

We know beer isn’t for everyone which is why we also have an extensive wine and craft cocktail list. While we encourage everyone to try our beer to find something they like, our staff is incredibly knowledgeable about our entire drink menu and will work to find something for everyone.

What if I don’t like craft beer?

If you don’t like craft beer, we encourage you to try our American Blonde or ESB. Both of these beers are extremely approachable and appeal to the craft beer drinker and the non-craft beer drinker alike. That being said, we would encourage you to discuss your tastes with our staff as they are excellent at preparing a flight of beer for you to try and enjoy.

Do you have any age restrictions?

No! We are a fully licenced restaurant which means we take all ages. We also have high chairs available for the little ones.

Do you take reservations?

We take reservations for a portion of the restaurant but we also keep tables open for walk-ins. Please click here for more information.

How big is OGC?

Our total area is 7,000 ft2 which includes the brewery, restaurant and retail store. The restaurant has 135 seats and we will have another 50 on the patio, weather permitting.

Do you offer tours?

We don’t have any formal tours setup but you can call ahead to schedule one or you can just ask when you come in if anyone has time to take you through the brew house.

What makes OGC Brewing Co. unique compared to other brewpubs?

In our experience, lots of brewpubs have a great handle on the food or the beer but not both. We have combined a top rate chef with a top rate brewmaster to make sure everything we produce is delicious. Further, we have beer pairings for each item which helps customers choose a recommended interplay between beer and food.

Will OGC host my private event (can I rent out the whole restaurant)?

At this point we don’t have a policy on exclusive events so we take each one on a case by case basis to see if we can make it work. We encourage you to email us, let us know about the event you want to have as OGC, and we will do what we can to make it work.

If you are looking to host a smaller, non-exclusive event, we can definitely do that.

I have seen pictures of the owners renovating and building chairs, tables, etc. Do you guys really do all of the work yourselves?

We wish! On a project like this there are way too many things that require skills that we don’t have. For those aspects of the job, we have hired professionals. Our contribution is the work we feel confident we can tackle (jackhammering the floors, digging the trenches, grinding the floors, painting, installing fixtures, etc.). In addition to this contribution, OGC owners are pretty handy in the woodshop and have built all of the tables, chairs, banquettes, etc.

Contact us if you have questions

If you did not find what you are looking for, please send us an email! We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have.