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Wellington Brewery

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Wellington Brewery vice-president Brent Davies says despite expansion, Wellington continues to be a microbrewery, brewing around 20,000 hectolitres a year.

Wellington Brewery bumps capacity

Wellington Brewery says it has added new tanks that will increase its brewing capacity by 35 per cent as it begins to brew around the clock to meet increased demand for its beers.
“We’re looking forward to an exciting year as we continue to expand our operations while maintaining our focus on producing consistent, high-quality craft beers,” said company vice-president Brent Davies in a news release.
The brewery on Woodlawn Road West describes itself as Canada’s oldest independently owned craft brewer. It announced Monday that it has added four new 140-hectolitre tanks (a hectolitre is 100 litres).
This month’s expansion of the brewery’s capacity follows the addition of other new tanks in 2011. The latest expansion comes as the brewery begins to brew 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the release said.
As more drinkers choose to drink locally produced craft beers, sales have increased at the LCBO, The Beer Store, bars, restaurants and directly from the brewery, it said.
During the past year, Wellington Brewery beers have picked up numerous awards. These include a gold and silver medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards, a gold medal at the Ontario Brewing awards and two silver medals from the U.S. Open Beer Championships. The brewery also won an Industry Choice Award for “Product Quality/Process Innovation” at the inaugural Ontario Craft Brewers Conference.
Created in the spring of 1985, Wellington Brewery was part of the first wave of Ontario microbreweries that were brought about by changes to Ontario law allowing small breweries to operate in the province for the first time in decades.

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