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Wellington Brewery is Canada's oldest independently owned microbrewery. Based in Guelph, Ontario, we craft our award-winning beers in small batches using the freshest all-natural ingredients. Since 1985, we've been a pioneer in the craft brewing scene by producing timeless, traditional style ales as well as experimenting with new recipes as part of our Welly One-Off Series.

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News image thumbnail Welly Cask Fest - September 10th & 11th, 2016: Casks, Food Trucks, Live Music, and more!
After the success of last year's THIRTY Cask Festival, Wellington Brewery will be hosting another cask festival this September. Welly Cask Fest will bring craft beer fans together to raise a glass and celebrate the rich history of cask beer in Ontario.

News image thumbnail Against the Currant Blackcurrant Kettle Sour Collaboration Beer Available at LCBO
Wellington Brewery is excited to announce details about a unique summer seasonal brewed in collaboration with Escarpment Laboratories. Against the Currant is a refreshing and tart kettle sour beer brewed with local Ontario blackcurrants. After taking home a Bronze Medal in the Fruit Beer Category at the Ontario Brewing Awards this April, Against the Currant will be available as a summer seasonal at the LCBO and brewery.

News image thumbnail Obituary for Douglas William Dawkins
It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Douglas Dawkins on Saturday June 11th unexpectedly at his home in Hamilton. Doug started at the brewery in 1990 on the bottling line and over the years worked his way up to President of Wellington Brewery. His passion, kindness, and generosity have been an inspiration to everyone who has known him. We simply cannot put into words the extreme loss and heartache we all feel. He was a dear Father, Son, Brother, and friend to many. He will be missed.

News image thumbnail Father's Day Ale Trail 2016
It's become a Guelph tradition! The Father's Day Ale Trail is back on Sunday June 19th for another year. Join us to celebrate Father's Day and Ontario Craft Beer Week with a craft beer bus tour that departs from the Woolwich Arrow and includes stops at Royal City Brewing, StoneHammer Brewing, and Wellington Brewery. This event is a special way to say thanks to all the Father's out there while celebrating Guelph's vibrant craft beer culture!

News image thumbnail We're open Victoria Day!
Happy Victoria Day weekend! Our brewery retail store is open:
Friday May 20th - 9am-8pm
Saturday May 21st - 10am-8pm
Sunday May 22nd - 11am-6pm
Monday May 23rd - 11am-5pm

Have a safe and happy long weekend! Cheers!


News image thumbnail Kickin’ Back Dry-Hopped Session Ale Now Available Year-Round
One of Wellington Brewery's most popular small-batch seasonal beers, Kickin' Back Dry-Hopped Session Ale will now be available year-round as part of the brewery's core brand lineup.

News image thumbnail Wellington Brewery Takes Home 4 Medals at 2016 Ontario Brewing Awards
It's been another big year for Wellington Brewery at the 2016 Ontario Brewing Awards. Wellington took home 4 medals across a variety of categories including one Gold Medal, one Silver Medal, and two Bronze Medals.

News image thumbnail Easter Weekend 2016 Hours
Friday March 25th: 11am to 5pm
Saturday March 26th: 10am to 8pm
Sunday March 27th: CLOSED
Monday March 28th: 9am to 6pm


News image thumbnail Get Your Growlers!
That's right! We're now offering growlers at our brewery retail store. Growlers are the perfect way to share some fresh local craft beer with friends! Our 1.89 L growlers are reusable, eco-friendly beer vessels that are filled with the freshest Wellington beer. It's pretty simple, visit the brewery and grab a growler to take home and share, and then bring it back to the brewery for a refill.

Growlers are meant to be enjoyed fresh, each growler will have a fill date noted on the tag, and we recommend drinking your growler as soon as possible. Growlers have a shelf-life of 7-10 days once filled and once opened we recommend you drink within 1-2 days.


News image thumbnail Queen of Craft 2016 Details Announced
The women of Wellington Brewery are excited to offer a variety of educational sessions to the craft beer lovers of Guelph and surrounding areas. For the third year running, Queen of Craft will happen every Friday in March at various downtown Guelph locations. The program is designed for women and brings some of craft beer's most influential speakers to our city to discuss various concepts in beer, brewing and the industry. With proceeds going directly to Guelph-Wellington Women-In-Crisis, this program helps support the wellness of our community.

News image thumbnail Happy Holidays! Holiday Hours!
Happy Holidays from all of us at Wellington Brewery! We'd like to wish your and your family a safe and happy holiday season and all the best in the new year.

If you're planning to visit us this holiday season our brewery retail store is open regular hours with the following special holiday hours:


News image thumbnail Queen of Craft Beer Releases Raise $7,373 for Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis
Wellington Brewery's Queen of Craft Women's Beer Program donated $7,373 to Guelph-Wellington Women In Crisis. The donation was the result of proceeds raised through the sale of 2015: A Spice Odyssey and Needlepoint Hibiscus Pale Ale. Both of these unique seasonal beers were created and brewed by women in the Queen of Craft program. Thanks again to everyone who has supported Queen of Craft and thanks to Women in Crisis for the important work they do to help women in our local community!

News image thumbnail George Eagleson Joins Wellington Brewery
We're excited to announce that George Eagleson will be joining our brewing team starting in January 2016. George Eagleson is a true legend of the Ontario craft brewing community who brings over 20 years of experience.

News image thumbnail 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? It's our favourite time of the year! Each Friday in the lead up to Christmas, we'll 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.

News image thumbnail 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.


News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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.


News image thumbnail 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, DJ’s, 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.

News image thumbnail 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.



News image thumbnail 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:

News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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!


News image thumbnail 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:


News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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!

News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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

News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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:


News image thumbnail 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:

News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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.

News image thumbnail 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:

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September 03, 2016
Intersection Festival
Toronto, ON

Starts September 10, 2016
Welly Cask Fest
Guelph, ON

September 11, 2016
Best Bites
Cambridge, ON

Starts September 14, 2016
Guelph Jazz Festival
Guelph, ON

Starts September 16, 2016
Toronto Beer Week
Toronto, ON

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