While doing some research in the Globe and Mail archives, I stumbled upon an article describing a few of the larger breweries in Toronto in 1867. For this post, I’ve transcribed the portion on Copland’s Brewery. The next post will be the transcription of the article on the William Street Brewery.
This brewery which is built of brick and is of the most substantial description, is situated at the foot of Parliament street. The machinery is worked by steam and the building is fitted up with all the modern improvements in brewing. If worked to its full extent it is capable of brewing about 7,000 gallons of ale per week, and its malting capacity is 20,000 bushels of grain during the season.
This tidbit was published as part of the Globe newspaper’s annual review of the Trade of Toronto. You can check out the full paper here. Copelands brewery is a bit of a mystery for me at the moment as I haven’t found another reference to it. There are references to Copland’s brewery, but that brewery wasn’t founded until 1883. The proprietor of Copland’s brewery, William Copland first appears in the records in 1851 but he is listed as the proprietor of the East Toronto Brewery -which was located on King Street East, East of Jarvis. This location is not too far from what was the foot of Parliament street. It seems likely that the Copeland Brewery noted in the Globe is actually the East Toronto Brewery which was being run by William Copland in 1866. If anyone out there has come across another early reference to Copeland’s brewery or has more information on the East Toronto Brewery, leave me a reply!