The London Brewing Co-operative (LBC) is a micro-brewery located in London’s Old East Village at 521 Burbrook Pl., London, Ontario. The brewery is organized as a worker’s co-operative and, as a co-operative, we are all about our community and our community partners. We want to change the conversation that surrounds beer and the place of a brewery in a community. We aim to establish a different relationship with beer. We are a brewery that places quality over quantity. We are producing a pint best served over conversation. Our aim is to bring Londoners together and to help with making London a destination for food and drink tourists. We live where we brew. The members of the London Brewing Cooperative are not just brewers. Part of our ownership group also are owners of On The Move Organics and The Root Cellar Café. These two businesses reflect the spirit of the London Brewing Co-operative. Founded on the goal of bringing to market locally-grown organic produce On The Move Organics and The Root Cellar Café are key actors in promoting local farmers, organic produce, and food democracy. We are interested in building a web of local businesses that work with the community and promote worker-centric organizations.
We aim to help create local industry around brewing. The fertile soil and growing conditions of Southwestern Ontario can support a robust hop growing venture and we are already in discussions with an Ontario malter to brew with local, organic barley. We are also creating processes that reduce the waste around brewing and will ensure that we are an environmentally conscious brewery. Our brewery has been built with reclaimed materials and is minimalist in all areas when possible. Our brewery will help to demonstrate what can be achieved with innovative ideas around building practices, building materials, and labour engagement.