Beer to the Ground: Winter 2019-20 edition

Snow? What snow? Keep your eye on these newly opened breweries for the best reason to brave the blustery weather this winter.

Broadhead Brewing

Orléans (fall 2019) After the longer-than-expected construction process, the new Broadhead location in Orléans is now open. Their original home in Ottawa, on Auriga Drive, closed this fall. The Orleans spot launched with small and medium-size samples, packaged beer for sale and a short snack menu. @broadheadbeer

Church-Key Brewery

Campbellford (fall 2019) After over a decade operating both a brewery and pub in Campbellford, John Graham has sold the latter. The new publican, Mark Andrade, will keep the pub’s focus on live music while Graham will be free to concentrate on the brewery. @churchkeybeer

Evergreen Craft Ales

Kanata (fall 2019) Chris Samuel has made the big jump from operating his brewery on a limited schedule and out of his home garage to a dedicated space just off the Trans-Canada Highway in Kanata. As well as more brewing equipment, they now have seat for those on their way to a Sens game. @evergreencraftales

High Park

Toronto (summer 2019) This past summer, High Park Brewery eased gradually into their new brewery space at 839 Runnymede Rd. in Toronto’s west end. For the first few weeks, the focus was on private events, but they have now added their own offerings like music and seasonal parties. @highparkbrewery

Indie Alehouse

Toronto (late 2019) IThe Globe & Mail reports that Indie Ale House has been tapped to operate the on-site brewery when Eataly opens in Toronto before the end of this year. The Italian-based gourmet grocery chain creates a culinary experience that goes beyond just shopping for staples, partly by featuring artisanal ingredients and carefully prepared food. The beer is sure to follow suit. @indiealehouse

Longslice Brewery

Toronto (fall 2019) After five years as contract brewers, Jimmy and John Peat have moved into their own brewery in the Canary District. The brewery is co-located with the Aviary pub that the brothers opened in conjunction with owners of the Dock Ellis. @longslice

Skeleton Park

Kingston (summer 2019) When King’s Town Beer Company decided to call it quits they quickly managed to find another brewery to take over their space. Canadian Beer News reports that Skeleton Park, owned by Trevor Lehoux and Becky Lu, stepped into 3-675 Arlington Park Place. @skeletonparkbrewery

Waterloo Brewing

Kitchener (summer 2019) One of Ontario’s longest operating independent breweries opened a newly renovated space late in the summer. As well as lots of room for on-site sampling, The Taphouse by Waterloo also offers a much-expanded tap list. @waterloobrewing

Whiskeyjack Brewery

Haileybury (late 2019) This time, it’s a restaurant, Café Meteor Bistro in Haileybury, that is making way for the new home of a once contract brewery. The plan is to have a retail bottle shop and tasting room on-site with a focus on their core beers like Abitibi amber and A Reason to Live pale ale. @whiskeyjackbrewing

Woodhouse Brewing

Toronto (summer 2019) When Lot 30 Brewers closed, Graham Woodhouse and his contract brewery stepped forward the next day as the new occupant of their space at 303 Lansdowne Ave. Chef Jesse Fader was brought on to help with the food side of the project. @woodhousebeer

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