|DecemBEER is here (early!) |
We just couldn't wait to get into DecemBEER this year, so we're kicking things off early with two small-batch beer releases this week. What is DecemBEER? Itâs our favourite time of the year! Each Friday in the lead up to Christmas, weâll be featuring 1-2 new small-batch beer releases, available exclusively at our brewery retail store and on tap at select locations. Each of these small-batch beer releases will be available in limited quantities while supplies last.
This year we’re excited to get the series started with two very special small-batch beers from the women behind the Queen of Craft Women’s Beer Series. This year's all-women brew team developed a unique recipe for a hoppy hibiscus spruce ale called “Needlepoint” which debuts this Friday. After winning a gold medal at the Ontario Brewing Awards we’re also excited to bring out a new batch of 2015: A Spice Odyssey - Chai Latte Stout that was developed and released as part of last years Queen of Craft beer. In a few weeks 2015: A Spice Odyssey will also be available at select LCBO locations across Ontario. Both of these beer releases will support the Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis with $1 from each bottle going to support the vital work this organization does in our city to support women.
As DecemBEER continues we’ve got some exciting releases planned. Next weekend, we’re looking forward to letting the Kentucky Cow loose - our popular Chocolate Milk Stout aged for 4 months in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. Then we’ve got Train Hoppin’ an American style IPA that was voted a fan favourite at our THIRTY: Anniversary Cask Fest. Then, to cap off DecemBEER 2015, we’ve got the return of our legendary Yuletide Barley Wine with a fresh 2015 vintage alongside an extremely limited re-release of cellar aged 2014 vintage Yuletide Barley Wine.
Here’s the full schedule for DecemBEER 2015:
Friday Nov. 27th:
Queen of Craft: Needlepoint - Hibiscus Spruce Ale (750 mL / $9.95)
2015: A Spice Odyssey (750 mL / $9.95)
** $1 from each bottle of of either beer sold will go to support Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis **
Friday Dec. 4th:
Kentucky Cow - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chocolate Milk Stout (750 mL / $10.95)
Friday Dec. 11th:
Train Hoppin' IPA (473 mL / $3.45)
Friday Dec. 18th:
Yuletide Barley Wine - 2015 Vintage (750 mL / $9.95)
Yuletide Barley Wine - Aged 2014 Vintage (750 mL / $10.95)
|Welly Coaster Series Vol. #3 |
We're excited to announce the release of our 3rd Welly Coaster Series featuring artwork from 4 exceptional artists to commemorate our 30th anniversary. The new coaster series features artwork from Seth, Blake Stevenson, Jon Johnson, and our very own Gord Auld.
Thanks to these amazing local artists for bringing the welly boot to life on these wildly creative coasters!
View the coaster artwork here: http://www.wellycaskfest.com/photos/coaster-series3
The new series will be shipping to bars and restaurants in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out. These coasters are also available at no charge with any purchase at our brewery retail store.
|Wellington 30th Anniversary Ale Available at Brewery & LCBO This Fall |
This September Wellington Brewery will be marking a craft brewing milestone by becoming Canada's first independently owned microbrewery to celebrate 30 years. In honour of this historic occasion the brewers at Wellington have created a unique limited edition commemorative beer that will be released to coincide with their anniversary celebrations.
Wellington 30th Anniversary Ale (8.2% alc./vol.)
A limited release of 750mL swing-top bottles will be available from the brewery and at select LCBO locations for $10.95 per bottle including tax and deposit. A portion of the bottles will be released on Saturday September 26th at the brewery to coincide with Wellington's THIRTY: Anniversary Cask Beer Festival happening that weekend. The remainder of the release will be available at the LCBO in October. This beer will be the first of a series of anniversary ales released throughout 2015 and 2016.
|SPA is the first beer in the world to have its ingredients DNA Barcoded! |
What makes our beer unique? It's not just the way we brew it, it's also our continually propagated strain of Wellington ale yeast. Wellington Brewery and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario present: DNA SPA - "DNA Sequenced Pale Ale", the first beer in the world to have all of its ingredients DNA barcoded.
It's the same as your classic Wellington SPA - except that we DNA barcoded the ingredients! DNA barcoding is a tool used to identify species based upon a short region of their DNA called the "DNA barcode". We compared the DNA barcodes of Wellington SPA's ingredients against a reference library of millions of DNA barcodes which showed an exact match for both the hops and malt varieties used in this beer.
However - a special DNA barcode signature showed up in Wellington's strain of brewer's yeast. The yeast barcode has a 3 nucleotide insertions and 1 nucleotide deletion, which makes this particular strain of brewer's yeast unique in the reference database. This means there's been no other record of this yeast strain in the world. Allowing the strain to evolve in isolation, this unique barcode is the result of Wellington Brewery using the same strain of brewer's yeast for 30 years.
Enjoy a DNA SPA and celebrate the advances of DNA barcoding and biodiversity science with the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario during the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference hosted at the University of Guelph Aug 17-21.
A limited run of DNA-SPA labelled 473 mL tall cans will be available at the brewery while supplies last!
|THIRTY: Anniversary Cask Beer Festival (Sept. 26-27) |
THIRTY is a two-day cask beer festival celebrating Wellington Brewery's 30th Anniversary. The festival will feature 30+ Welly One-Off Cask beers plus a selection of collaborations and guest casks from some of Ontario's best craft brewers. The weekend will also feature delicious food vendors, live music, DJâs, and performances. THIRTY happens September 26-27 at Wellington Brewery and will feature 3 sessions: Saturday 11am-4pm, Saturday 5pm-10pm, and Sunday 12pm-5pm.
Tickets are $20 + HST and service charge per session and are available now from Ticketfly. Tickets for each session will include:
Children and anyone under 19 years of age will be admitted at no charge and do not require a ticket.
A portion of the proceeds from THIRTY will go to support the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington.
For more information about the event visit: www.wellycaskfest.com
We hope you can join us to celebrate. Cheers to Thirty years!
|Wellington Brewery Wins 'Excellence in Business' Award |
At the 2015 Guelph Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence, Wellington Brewery won the 'Excellence in Business (up to 50 employees)' award. This award celebrates the leadership - including business excellence, adaptability to the market, meeting the diverse challenges of today's business environment - of a business in Guelph with up to 50 employees.
We're honoured to receive this distinction from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. This award wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of everyone who works at the brewery and everyone who supports us. It really means a lot to us to receive this award as we get ready to celebrate our 30th anniversary this fall. Thanks again Guelph!
|We're under construction this summer! Limited parking on-site |
It's an exciting time at the brewery! We're embarking on a major addition to our brewing facility which will add over 12,000 Sq. Ft. to our brewery and will include a new brew house and packaging line. From April to September we will have limited parking at the brewery while we undergo construction. We encourage anyone visiting the brewery for samplings or our retail store to consider carpooling or taking public transportation. Here are some useful tips:
- Carpool with your group! Help save on gas and reduce congestion.
- If the lot is full you can also park across the street at 955 Woodlawn Road West around the side of the building. Please be careful crossing the road.
Thanks for your patience over the coming months. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (800) 576-3853. Cheers!
|Wellington Brewery Takes Home 6 Medals at 2015 Ontario Brewing Awards |
Wellington Brewery took home some serious hardware at the Ontario Brewing Awards gala last week in Toronto winning 6 medals for their craft brewed ales. This year's medal count represents a record haul for the Guelph, Ontario based brewery earning accolades for their celebrated year-round brands as well as a number of specialty small-batch beers.
The Ontario Brewing Awards are an annual celebration of excellence in the Ontario brewing industry, recognizing the best beers in 29 different style categories with everything ranging from blonde lagers to barrel-aged stouts. This year, Wellington was recognized for a wide-range of styles. Imperial Russian Stout took home a Gold Medal in the 'Imperial Stout' category. The brewery cleaned up in the 'Dark Ale' category, winning a Gold for County Dark Ale and a Bronze for Iron Duke. And one of Wellington's original recipes, Arkell Best Bitter earned a Silver Medal in the 'British Pale Ale / Bitter' category.
|Queen of Craft 2015: Beer Wisdom for Women |
Craft Beer in Ontario is in an exciting phase, with more and more female beer drinkers thirsty for industry knowledge. To address this growing interest, Wellington Brewery will host round two of Queen of Craft, a Beer Education Series inviting women to explore the world of craft beer. The four sessions will touch upon trends in craft beer, food and beer pairings, high ABV and low ABV brews and conclude with a cask festival! All sessions will be run by women for women, and once again, proceeds will go to Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis.
If you were excited by the journey of Team Brew Queens and the "2014: A Spice Odyssey" brew they produced, you may want to consider attending 3 or 4 of the above mentioned events to enter your name for a chance to be on the 2015 brewing team. It was a wonderfully thorough experience that exposed the team to all facets of the industry, and allowed us to be creative with our brew of choice. We hope to see your beer-beaming smiles out next month!
Session 1: The Pendulum Swings; Low ABV and High ABV Brews
Tickets available at: http://queenofcraft2015.eventbrite.ca
*Make it to 3 or 4 sessions, enter to win a chance to be on Team Brew Queens 2015!*
|Happy Holidays! Retail Store Holiday Hours |
From the crew at Wellington Brewery, we'd like to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season! Thanks to everyone who supports us and made 2014 an amazing year. We're already cooking up some exciting things for 2015 when we'll be celebrating our 30th anniversary. Our brewery retail store is open regular hours with the following special holiday hours:
Dec. 24th • 9am - 4pm
|Welly One-Off DecemBEER Series |
It's DecemBEER time again! For the next 3 weeks we'll be releasing a brand new Welly One-Off beer every Friday. Each of these releases are small batches that will be available exclusively at our brewery retail store while supplies last.
The first release in our DecemBEER series will be Walk The Plank IPA, an American style IPA aged with cedar planks. It will be available on Friday December 5th in 473 mL tall cans for $3.45/can or $19.95 for a 6-pack.
In the following weeks we'll be releasing two more new brews. We can't give away all the details just yet, since we're still working on brewing these but we can share a few details; Our 2nd release will be a spiced farmhouse ale using a wild yeast strain isolated in Guelph and our 3rd and final release will be a high alcohol 'wheat wine' aged in cabernet franc wine barrels.
|Welly Coaster Series Vol. 2 |
A new series of 4 collectible coasters designed by local artists. Each artist brought the Welly boot to life on these wildly creative coasters. For volume 2, we're honoured to work with Ryan Price, Cai Sepulis, Gordon James Lachland Auld, and Aaron Awad. Look for these amazing coasters at your favourite bars and restaurants!
|Realist Party 2014 |
It's time to get real with Wellington Brewery! Join us on Saturday September 20th, 2014 from Noon to 5pm for the Realist Party, our annual customer appreciation party. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the brewery and we're marking the occasion with an afternoon of craft beer, BBQ and fun.
This year we’re featuring an expanded selection of Welly One-Off cask ales that will be available for sampling. The event will showcase a variety of styles served up as traditional cask style ales. We’ll also have a selection of Welly One-Off beers available for sale in our brewery retail store.
The afternoon will also include an opportunity to meet our brewers, learn about our barrel aging program, and take part in the brewing of a pilot batch. And of course we’ll have some delicious BBQ to pair with our award-winning craft beers.
The Realist Party happens at Wellington Brewery (950 Woodlawn Rd. West, Guelph). Admission is free but space is limited, so please show up early. There is no need to RSVP and guests will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis.
Parking is very limited at the brewery, so please consider carpooling, taking a taxi or the bus. If you have any questions about the party please email email@example.com or give us a call at (800) 576-3853.
Hope to see you there! Cheers
|Wellington Brewery Launches Gryphon Gold To Celebrate University of Guelph's 50th Anniversary |
Wellington Brewery is excited to embark on a unique partnership with the Guelph Gryphons to launch Gryphon Gold, a new craft-brewed lager to celebrate the University of Guelph's 50th 'Golden' anniversary.
Gryphon Gold marks the first collaboration between a craft brewer and a Canadian University athletics department. This community based partnership will see a percentage of all Gryphon Gold sales go toward Athletic Scholarships for Gryphon athletes. "As alumni of the University of Guelph, we're excited about this opportunity to give back to the community by supporting Gryphon Athletic scholarships" said Wellington Brewery's Vice-President Brent Davies.
Gryphon Gold is brewed in Guelph, Ontario at Wellington Brewery, Canada's oldest independently owned craft brewer. The beer is a light, refreshing lager brewed with 100% Canadian barley malt and Czech style Saaz hops. The unique can design showcases the Gryphon logo as well as iconic University of Guelph landmarks, which represent the rich traditions and history of the University of Guelph.
"Gryphon Athletics is very excited to announce this partnership with Wellington Brewery, a strong and thriving locally owned company brewing great quality beer," said University of Guelph Director of Athletics Tom Kendall. "We're thrilled to offer our community and alumni this opportunity to enjoy 'Gryphon Gold' and give back to our student-athletes. Our scholarship program is focused on supporting student-athletes and we're proud to work together with local partners to invest in their future."
Gryphon Gold officially launches this September and will be available on tap at local bars and restaurants, and at select Guelph LCBO locations. In advance of the full release this fall, the first batch of Gryphon Gold is available now from the Wellington Brewery retail store. Support Gryphon Athletics and enjoy Gryphon Gold!
|Wellington Brewery Takes Home Medals at U.S. Open Beer Championship |
For the third year in a row, Wellington Brewery picked up medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championship this past weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.
For the third year in a row, Wellington Brewery picked up medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championship this past weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.
The U.S. Open Beer Championship is an international competition that included over 3,000 beers entered in 81 different categories. This year the competition featured more than 20 international breweries from Iceland, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, and England.
Wellington Brewery won two Silver Medals at this year's competition. County Dark Ale was awarded a Silver Medal in the 'Brown Ale' category and Iron Duke took home a Silver Medal in the 'Old Ale' category.
Wellington brewmaster Marvin Dyck says, "it's incredible to have our beer recognized on an international level".
Every year, Wellington Brewery continues to grow and reach new audiences with their award-winning line-up of beers. So far, 2014 has seen record sales and a rapidly expanding customer base for the Guelph, ON based brewery, founded in 1985. As Canada's Oldest Independently owned Craft Brewery, Wellington Brewery will mark 30 years of brewing in 2015.
County Dark Ale is available year-round at The Beer Store and LCBO locations across Ontario. Iron Duke is exclusively available at The Beer Store.
|Father's Day Ale Trail - Craft Beer Bus Tour |
It's become a Guelph tradition! The popular Father's Day Ale Trail is back for another year. Join us to celebrate Father's Day and Ontario Craft Beer Week with a craft beer bus tour that includes stops at Wellington Brewery, F&M Brewery and The Woolwich Arrow Pub.
Date: Sunday June 15th
Time: 12pm - 5:30pm
Tickets Include: Bus Transportation to each location, Beer Samples at each location, Food @ Woolwich Arrow, and a Screen-Printed Tote bag.
Bus Schedule: Buses leave every 45 minutes starting at 12pm from the Woolwich Arrow (176 Woolwich Street) and the last bus leaves at 4pm. Bus Schedule
Special Beer Releases: The Father’s Day Ale Trail will also mark the release of a number of small-batch specialty beers and a few collaboration beers. Beer Menu
Tickets: $30 (including tax). They are the perfect gift for Dad or any Craft Beer lover! Tickets are available at The Woolwich Arrow (176 Woolwich Street), Wellington Brewery (950 Woodlawn Road West), and F&M Brewery (355 Elmira Road N). A limited # of online tickets are available at http://fathersdayaletrail.eventbrite.ca
If you have any questions about the event, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Brad McInerney by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (519) 837-2337.
Join us to celebrate Father’s Day and Ontario Craft Beer Week!
|Wellington Brewery Wins 3 Medals at the Ontario Brewing Awards 2014 |
Congrats to our fellow Ontario Craft Brewers who won awards at the Ontario Brewing Awards this year. We took home a Silver Medal for Frost Quake, a Bronze Medal for Terrestrial IBA and a Bronze Medal for Imperial Russian Stout. Thanks again for the support! Cheers
|Queen Of Craft: Women's Beer Series |
Craft Beer in Ontario is exploding in popularity and more women are discovering the bold and exciting flavours and styles of craft beer, as well as working in the industry. To address this growing interest, Wellington Brewery will host "Queen of Craft" a Beer Education Series inviting women to explore the world of craft beer. The three sessions will touch upon beer basics, food and beer pairings, and roundtable on the role of women in the craft beer industry. All sessions will be run by women for women, and proceeds will go to Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis.
Session #1- Beer 101
|Happy Holidays! |
Happy Holidays from all of us at Wellington Brewery! Over the holiday season we'll be hosting our regular Saturday Samplings from 1-4pm on Saturday Dec. 21st & Saturday Dec. 28th. This holiday season we'll be open regular retail store hours with the following exceptions:
Dec. 24th: 9am-4pm
We hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday season!
|Welly One-Off DecemBeer Series |
We're excited to announce the release of four new small-batch Welly One-Off beers to be released in 4 weeks this December. It's a great lead up to the holiday season with a selection of different styles showcasing unique ingredients in four seasonal winter beers. Here's what we've got planned:
Yuletide Barley Wine (9.8% Alc/Vol)
Chocolate Milk Stout (7.2% Alc/Vol)
Cedar Rye-PA (6% Alc/Vol)
Ginger Beer'd (5% Alc/Vol)
|Brewmaster's Choice Discovery Pack Now Available at the LCBO |
The Ontario Craft Brewer's are back with a new mixed pack, the Brewmaster's Choice Discovery Pack for Fall 2013. The mixed 6 pack will be widely available at LCBO locations across Ontario.
This selection of Ontario's best beers includes our award-winning County Dark Ale alongside 5 other selections from Amsterdam Brewery, Cameron's Brewery, Lake of Bays, Muskoka Brewery, and Nickel Brook Brewery. Look for it at your local LCBO.
|Wellington Brewery Celebrates 28th Anniversary with Annual Realist Party |
Wellington Brewery celebrates 28 years of craft brewing with the 2013 Realist Party, an annual customer appreciation party happening from Noon-5pm on Saturday September 21st.
It’s time to get real with Wellington Brewery. Join us on Saturday September 21st, 2013 from Noon to 5pm for the Realist Party, our annual customer appreciation party. This year marks the 28th anniversary of the brewery and we’re marking the occasion with an afternoon of craft beer, BBQ and fun.
This year we’re featuring an expanded selection of Welly One-Off cask ales that will be available for sampling. The event will showcase a variety of styles served up as traditional cask style ales. We’ll also have a selection of One-Off beers available for sale in our brewery retail store.
The afternoon will also include an opportunity to meet our brewmasters and take a tour of our brewery. And of course we’ll have some delicious BBQ to pair with our award-winning craft beers.
The Realist Party happens from Noon-5pm at Wellington Brewery (950 Woodlawn Rd. West, Guelph). Admission is free but space is limited, so please show up early. There is no need to RSVP and guests will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions about the party please email email@example.com or give us a call at (800) 576-3853.
Hope to see you there! cheers
|Wellington Brewery takes home medals at U.S. Open Beer Championship
For the second year in a row, Wellington Brewery picked up medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championship this week in Atlanta, Georgia.
The U.S. Open Beer Championship is an international competition that included over 2,500 beers entered in 68 different categories. This year the competition featured more than 20 international breweries from Belgium, Germany, Mexico, Columbia, Sweden, Finland, England, and more.
Wellington Brewery took home 3 medals this year. Arkell Best Bitter won a Silver Medal in the 'Bitter' category. After winning medals this year at both the Canadian Brewing Awards and Ontario Brewing Awards, Iron Duke took home a Bronze Medal in the 'Old Ale' category. Wellington's flagship brand, SPA took home a Bronze Medal in the 'English Pale Ale' category.
You can read the full results at www.usopenbeer.com. Thanks to the judges and congratulations to our fellow Canadian brewers who also won awards. Cheers!
|Ontario Craft Beer Week - June 16th-23rd 2013 |
It's time again for Ontario Craft Beer Week, happening June 16th to 23rd across Ontario. All week we'll be toasting the art of craft brewing with a bunch of amazing events in Guelph, Toronto, and beyond.
As part of these events we'll be releasing a number of small batch Welly One-Off beers and a local collaborative beer with our friends at F&M Brewery. We'll also be sampling a new batch of Pan-Ontario Ale, a blend of 5 amazing beers from 5 different breweries blended and aged in bourbon barrels. More details about these specialty brews will be announced in the coming weeks.
All week we've got a lot of amazing things happening, here's a list of some of the events we're a part of.
|Father's Day Ale Trail - Craft Beer Bus Tour |
Back by popular demand, we're hosting our 2nd Annual Father's Day Ale Trail on Sunday June 16th. Join us from From Noon until 5pm to celebrate Father's Day and the launch of Ontario Craft Beer Week with a craft beer bus tour that includes:
Tour & Sampling @ Wellington Brewery Tour & Sampling @ F&M Brewery One-Off Casks & Food pairings @ Woolwich Arrow + Bus Transportation (to all locations)
The all-inclusive $20 ticket covers your tour and sampling at Wellington Brewery and F&M Brewery plus 4 sample tickets at The Woolwich Arrow.
The Father's Day Ale Trail will also mark the release of a brand new collaboration ale brewed by Wellington and F&M. This collaboration ale, specially crafted using local ingredients will only be available at this event and one other OCB Week event in limited quantities. Wellington Brewery will also be debuting new One-Off beers on Father's Day. A full beer menu and further details will be announced soon.
The Bus leaves every 45 minutes starting at 12pm from the Woolwich Arrow (176 Woolwich Street). The last bus leaves at 4pm.
Tickets for this amazing event are only $20 (including tax). They are the perfect gift for Dad or any Craft Beer lover! Tickets are available at The Woolwich Arrow (176 Woolwich Street), Wellington Brewery (950 Woodlawn Road West), and F&M Brewery (355 Elmira Road N).
FAQ & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:Is Wellington Brewery open for a sampling on Sunday if we are not a part of the Ale Trail?
Yes we are open between 12pm and 5pm for anyone to stop by for a sampling. If you are not part of the Father's Day Ale Trail, the cost of the sampling is $5/person. We are also open for guided samplings as per normal on Saturday June 15th between 1pm and 4pm.
Can the whole family attend the event?
Yes! Anyone under 19 years of age does not have to pay admission. At Wellington Brewery on Sunday afternoon we will be offering complimentary soft drinks to anyone who isn't of age, or isn't drinking (or is the designated driver).
How does the bus work?
Buses will be leaving the Woolwich Arrow every 45 minutes. They will be dropping off patrons and immediately heading to the next location. The bus will loop around and return to your location 45 minutes later in order to take you to the next location. You can choose to catch the next bus if you would like to stay longer. The last bus will depart the Woolwich Arrow at 4pm, which will still ensure that you have enough time to tour both breweries.
The full bus schedule is as follows:
12pm Woolwich Arrow
If you have any further questions feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org