Beer to the Ground: Ontario’s new brewery news, Spring 2023 edition

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the number of breweries opening in the province at the moment is down a little bit. This may have something to do with the increased input costs for breweries. The good news is that some established places are opening second and third locations, while some brave souls march forward according to plans they made years ago. Let’s wish them all a lot of luck.

Boshkung Social

Minden (Summer 2022) Boshkung’s second location, located deep in the very beating heart of Minden and overlooking the Gull River, features a charming patio and the delightful beers that the brewery has become known for over the last decade. Why not try the Jamaican Beer Patty. It’ll remind you of Islington station while you’re deep in cottage country.

Cold Bear Brew Co.

Arnprior (winter 2023) Located in Arnprior, Cold Bear brewing answers the question, “What temperature is the bear?” Fortunately the beer is the same temperature as the bear, and you’re not too late to be a part of their Founder’s Club. You can find their beer at the Cheshire Cat Pub, although possibly not the bear.

Old Flame Distillery District

Toronto (fall 2022) You’d have to be crazy to take on Mill Street Brewing on their home turf. Fortunately for Old Flame, they have experience opening in historic locations. Port Perry and Newmarket have prepared them to bring their unique selection of lagers to one of Toronto’s most prominent tourist districts.

Schooner Street Brewery

Waterloo (spring 2023) Three brothers (and a cousin) decided to start brewing beer. In this they were successful, and managed to turn their passion into a small business that will open in spring 2023. In the meantime, you can find their products in bottleshops across the Guelph/K-W region. Why not try Karate Balls IPA?

York Brewery

Richmond Hill (fall 2022) Long ago, in the before times, there existed Brew Your Own facilities. Some of them were so successful that they lasted until the modern day. York Brewing, which up until recently was The Brew Kettle, has made the conversion to commercial brewery and is offering the people of Richmond Hill premium quality craft beer. 

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