Port Perry, Ontario – Today, Old Flame Brewing Co. announced plans for a second brewhouse and taproom location in downtown Newmarket. The brewery was successful in responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the 10-year lease agreement for the creative, adaptive re-use of The Old Fire Hall, located at 140 Main Street. The currently vacant building will feature a fifteen barrel brewing system, tasting room and event space to help contribute to development of the downtown core.
“When we heard about the RFP for the adaptive re-use of the Old Fire Hall property, we jumped at the chance of possibly opening a second location,” says Jack Doak, CEO and Founder of Old Flame Brewing Co. “it really brings the story of how Old Flame came to be, full circle,” he adds.
Doak first sought The Old Fire Hall, one of Main St.’s landmark properties, when beginning to conceptualize the idea of Old Flame Brewing Company. The 5,000 square foot property was constructed in 1952 and was occupied as a fire hall for the majority of its lifespan. The Old Fire Hall is located in close proximity to key cultural sites, community facilities, shops and restaurants. Despite the plans, the building was ultimately deemed unfit for occupancy at the time. The dream of Old Flame Brewing Co. was seemingly put on hold, until Doak turned to his attention to a small town he’d grown to have a deep connection with, Port Perry.
“Fate brought us to Port Perry, and we can’t help feel like it is fate once again now that we are back at The Old Fire Hall in Newmarket, opening a second location.” says Doak.
Seven years after opening the Port Perry brewhouse, just as Old Flame Brewing Co. began looking into ways to expand production, the RFP for The Old Fire Hall was issued in January of 2020. While main operations will still be headquartered in Port Perry, the second Newmarket locations offers a production space to focus on the experimentation of different styles of ales. This frees up tank space at the flagship location, allowing for the Port Perry brewery to produce strictly the core lagers Old Flame has become known for.
“We are really excited to extend not only brewing capacity but also our reach into a new community,” says Kyra Dietsch, Communications and Brand Manager, “we are excited to join the growing downtown of Newmarket, as well as help to support and uplift the surrounding community, just as we’ve worked to do in Port Perry.”
As an adaptive re-use of the building, Old Flame plans to preserve and restore The Old Fire Hall, with some new updates to modernize yet pay tribute to the history of the building. Old Flame anticipates a tentative opening date of their second location early 2021.