Bath, Ontario – MacKinnon Brothers Brewing were recently one of the recipients of the 2016 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence and were honoured in Belleville during a ceremony hosted by Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West.
Recipients were recognized for their contributions to boosting economic growth in Ontario by creating new products that help to support job creation, add value to existing products and support a sustainable environment.
On their 232-year-old family farm, Daniel and Ivan MacKinnon are taking local to a new level. In response to demand for locally produced beer, the two brothers converted a century barn into a brewing facility. Today, the operation produces beet-infused ales, German wheat beers and wild peppermint stouts, all made with their own hops, wheat and malting barley. To their knowledge, no other commercial brewery in Canada grows the majority of their ingredients right on site. By the end of 2016, they’ll go even further, introducing a 100 per cent homegrown beer. It’s a model customers are keen to get behind. The MacKinnon’s first full year of operations generated over $600,000 in sales, with products in 16 LCBO stores and 100 draught taps.