“We welcome the government of Ontario’s announcement to open the province’s beer retailing industry for craft brewers and consumers,” says Wellington Brewery vice-president Brent Davies. “We’re excited about the opportunities that these changes will offer to Ontario Craft Brewers.”
As one of Canada’s first microbreweries to open, Wellington Brewery has been a pioneer in the brewing industry, producing award-winning craft beer that has been recognized internationally. For the past few years the Guelph-based microbrewery has been operating at capacity, brewing 24 hours a day and 7 days a week in order to meet the growing demand for their award-winning craft beer.
With these recent changes announced to how beer will be sold in Ontario, the brewery sees a huge potential for growth. In order to capitalize on these expanded retail opportunities the brewery is undertaking a 12,000 Sq. Ft. addition to their Woodlawn Road location. The expansion will include a new 40 hL brew house and state-of-the-art packaging line. This new equipment will more than double their brewing capacity and position the company for future growth.
This expanded capacity will allow the brewery to continue to create local jobs. Currently the craft brewing industry in Ontario employs over 1,000 people and accounts for over 30% of all direct brewing jobs in the province. Since 2011 Wellington Brewery has doubled their number of employees, and with these exciting changes on the horizon, the brewery will continue to create more jobs.
“This expansion is a major milestone for our brewery,” says Wellington Brewery General Manager Sarah Dawkins, “the changes we’re undertaking now will allow us to sustainably grow while maintaining our dedication to crafting award-winning beer.” The planned completion date of this expansion will coincide with the brewery’s 30th anniversary celebrations this fall.
Wellington Brewery will be hosting a casual groundbreaking event and photo opportunity for local media with details as follows:
Date: Friday April 24th, 2015
Time: 2:45 PM to 3:15 PM
Location: Wellington Brewery (950 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph, ON)