If you’re an avid reader of this site, you’ll know we’re big fans of the brewing scene in Windsor-Essex, and the much-praised Barrels, Bottles & Brews Trail. Driven by a collective of young, creative and inspiring brewers and beer lovers, it’s one of Ontario’s great treasures.
Well, it’s about to get even better. Lonsbery Farms Brewing Company has just been added to the Trail, bringing the total to 9 locations – with 2 more opening soon!
The trail welcomes visitors to enjoy flights of craft beer or small batch spirits and experience the history of Canadian Whisky and Prohibition. Lonsbery Farms, founded by Karl Lonsbury, the seventh-generation farmer and CEO, will be the 1st farm-based craft brewery in Southwestern Ontario and the 2nd within Essex County, capitalizing on the rapid growth in demand for craft beer in Ontario.
Farm-based breweries are some of the special Ontario experiences we keep coming back too. They bring the beer drinker closer to the process and promote the grower story. Hands-on, immersive experiences, like these, that help you get closer to your food and drink, are so important in building our food identity. Lonsbery Farms joins some of our favorites, including MacKinnon Brothers Brewing in Bath and Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm in Salette, on the ever growing list of Ontario farm breweries.
The news of the Barrel, Bottles & Brews Trail expansion comes in the wake of the Canadian Club Brand Centre announcing it will be closing its doors. According to their reps, it will honour booked events until the end of 2017, but will close to the public at the end of March. This is a terrible shame.
There are folks out there though looking to #SaveTheBrandCentre.
The news sparked urgent efforts and an online campaign to keep the historic Windsor building open to the public. You can like their facebook page here and be sure to tell your stories on social media using the hashtag.
For more on Barrels, Bottles & Brews – check out our Perfect Weekend in Windsor!