Historic Sites of Manitoba: Drewry Brewery / Carling Brewery (55 Redwood Avenue, Winnipeg)

This brewery on Redwood Avenue in Winnipeg was established in the 1880s by Edward Lancaster Drewry. Over the years, several buildings were constructed on the site.

In 1907, a three-storey brick and stone bottling house, measuring 68 feet by 200 feet, was designed by Kushner and Company of Chicago, Illinois and built by contractor William Horner at a cost of about $30,000. Between late 1910 and early 1911, Horner built a two-storey brick cold storage warehouse, measuring 39 feet by 79 feet, at a cost of about $10,000.

In 1957, it became Carling Brewery and later Carling-O'Keefe. Bought by the Molson Brewing Company, it was closed in 1997. The former brewery building was demolished in 1999 and the site stood vacant at the time of a 2024 visit.

Drewry’s “Ale and Lager Beer Brewery” by the present Redwood Bridge

Drewry’s “Ale and Lager Beer Brewery” by the present Redwood Bridge (circa 1884)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Buildings - Business - Drewry’s Brewery 2, N16512.

Drewry Brewery

Drewry Brewery (circa 1903)
Source: An Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg by W. A. Martel & Sons.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91713, W97.12804
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Edward Lancaster Drewry (1851-1940)

Memorable Manitobans: William Horner (1860-1916)

Manitoba Business: Drewrys Limited / Drewry’s Brewery


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2214/1907, City of Winnipeg Archives.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 3289/1910, City of Winnipeg Archives.

We thank Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 June 2024

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