Our careers in the British brewing industry began in 1978, with the renowned northern brewery of Daniel Thwaites PLC. Of Blackburn, Lancashire. After a period of time we moved on to Border Breweries of Wrexham, North Wales, who later amalgamated with Marston, Thomson & Evershed. Brewers of the world famous cask conditioned Pedigree Ale.
While on a short holiday in Ontario in 1990 we both fell in love with Canada. By 1995 after numerous visits, we decided to immigrate to Ontario. Our original business plans for Ontario included something in the hospitality industry; but found you could not duplicate the atmosphere of a British style pub in Canada, plus Andrew couldn't find a beer that he liked, not one that would suit his palate, so he decided to brew his own.
It was two years before the abandoned Crystal Springs Brewery in Neustadt, was found to be a suitable site to set up our microbrewery. It took almost 10 months of intense renovations to this old historic stone brewery, including installing sewage, hydro and all the brewing tanks and equipment, to be ready to open two days before Christmas in 1997. The first historic batch of beer from the brewery in 82 years, sold out within five hours. Andrew had to go to the beer store for his beer on Christmas Eve, because the brewery was dry!