The company leased a 5,000-square-foot building at 51 Woodyatt Drive, Unit 8-9 near Lynden Park Mall on Dec. 1 and is in the midst of gearing up for production. A retail store and tap room selling beer by the glass would operate under the same roof.
Bell City has been brewing under contract with Railway City Brewery in St. Thomas, where it makes its two beers: Eureka Cream Ale, named after Alexander Graham Bell, and Lenoir, named for the Belgian inventor of the internal combustion engine.
“Our goal is to build a sustainable long-term business in Brantford,” Marijan said.
The Woodyatt location would house four 1,000-litre brewing tanks.
“We feel with what we have now we can hit $1 million (in business) within that facility,” he said.
Craft brewing has seen “explosive growth” in North America, he said. There were 90 craft brewers in Ontario in 2014.
Bell City of was one of 16 microbrewers approved for shelf space in LCBO stores in 2014.