we installed our first canning line, making us one of the first Ontario craft brewers to introduce a 473 mL tall can to the LCBO. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2010, a significant milestone for an independently owned craft brewer. To mark the occasion we held a huge party at the brewery as a thank you to our loyal customers and our local community. This milestone also marked the retirement of Michael Stirrup as President, with Doug Dawkins taking over alongside Brent Davies. As a former employee with a background in sales, Brent Davies has brought energy and vision to our growing brewery. Our 25th anniversary also marked the start of our Welly One-Off series, a rotating series of small batch specialty beers.
In 2011, we introduced our new Wellington Brewery boot logo. As the craft beer market in Ontario continued to grow, the brewery added tank capacity in 2011 and later again in 2013. Around this time we began brewing 24/7, pushing our brewery to the limits of what we could produce.
As we marked our 30th anniversary in 2015, the brewery broke ground on a major addition that added over 12,000 square feet to the building as well as a new 40 HL NSI brew house and state-of-the-art Krones packaging line. This world class brewing equipment is more efficient, allowing us to produce twice as much beer in half the time, while reducing the brewery’s environmental impact.
In the summer of 2016
Wellington Brewery President Doug Dawkins passed away unexpectedly. As the brewery mourned the loss of Doug, the brewery banded together, to keep brewing and following our vision.
From our humble beginning as one of Canada’s first craft brewers to where we are today, a lot has changed. What hasn’t changed, is our focus on brewing award-winning, well-balanced beers that bring people together. Thanks for being a part of the journey. Cheers!