2013 was a big year for Ontario Craft Brewers–full of growth and success stories forA�the craft brewing industry in Ontario.
“OCB welcomed several new members to the industry association this year and is reviewing applications from a number of new breweries and startups,”A�saysA�Cam Heaps, co-founder of Steam Whistle Brewing and Chair of Ontario Craft Brewers.A�“The industry is growing exponentially, as new breweries open their doors, and new consumers convert to the craft beer movement.”
The latest members to join OCB include:
- Big Rig Brewery, Ottawa
- Highlander Brew Company, South River
- Left Field Brewery, Toronto
- Niagara Oast House Brewers, Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm, La Salette, Norfolk County
- Sawdust City Brewing Company, Gravenhurst
- Silversmith Brewing Company, Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, Thunder Bay
According to OCB calculations, there are currently 62 operating breweries in Ontario (including 4 nano breweries) and 21 contract brewers who also received manufacturing licenses from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).
As we wrap up 2013, we’re also celebrating that in July, the Ontario government renewed its support for Ontario’s craft brewing industry by extending its Ontario Microbrewery Strategy for two more years. A� It’s a wise wise decision.
Craft beer is a growing and important industry in Ontario, employing more than 650 people in direct brewery jobs at 47 microbreweries. Support through Ontario’s Microbrewery Strategy also helps create indirect jobs in Ontario’s agriculture and hospitality sectors. Through the Ontario Microbrewery Strategy, the province is helping small brewers explore new marketing, training and tourism development opportunities.
Congratulations to the Ontario Craft Brewers on another successful year–and welcome to it’s new members. A�We can’t wait to get our paws on a pint soon!