I popped into the soon-to-be openned brewery this morning, just to see how it was coming along. It’s a real pleasure for me to steal a few minutes out of the day and check out how things are progressing.
Before I even entered, I was pleasantly surprised by the delightful sweet smell of brewing. Inside, people (whose names I, unfortunately don’t know) were placing storage hooks for the various implements, laying tiles on the floor of the brewery restaurant, and – brewing. Dave told me he was seeing how things were working, figuring out some of the kinks in the equipment, and making Porter. Watching the process, asking questions, was really interesting. But the real payoff awaits . . . tasting it.
I don’t get a chance to visit the brewery under construction as often as I’d like, so I was happy when Karell sent me these photos. I’m astounded to see how quickly things are moving along.
Great work by the guys at Black Creek in getting the place ready and by those who built the equipment off site. It really is starting to take shape nicely!!
Rick — Beer Lover, and Marketing Manager at Black Creek.
Sometime this June, Black Creek Pioneer Village will open up a brewery called the Black Creek Historic Brewery. This has been a dream of mine for some time and I can’t tell you how much we are looking forward to that day.
Our brewery will be run in partnership with Pioneer Brewery Ltd., a company created by the owners of Trafalgar Ales and Meads. As I write, it is being built in the wine cellar area of the Half Way House restaurant: half the space will be for the actual brewery under a manufacturing license, and the other half will be a pub under a sale license.
Besides sampling a variety of ales from the brewery, visitors will be able to relax with a cold pint right there in the pub, or take home a growler of beer so they can share the experience with their friends. Right next door, the restaurant will offer a new menu with suggested beer pairings including beers brewed on the premises as well as a selection of other Ontario craft beers.
It’s been a long road negotiating the licenses and working out all the details that are necessary for setting up a new brewing establishment. I can’t say enough about the excellent support we have received from Mike Arnold, the owner of Trafalgar and Dave Jameson, the brew master of Trafalgar. This is a true labour of love for all concerned. Soon we’ll all be able to taste the results!
In the coming weeks we’ll share a bit more about the brewery, and the challenges of recreating the historical brewing process.
Rick Sikorski – Beer Lover / Marketing Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village