Welcome to the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company. It all started more than 25 years ago with two friend’s dream to one day open up a brewery. The dream began to come to life three years ago at Shawn’s cottage. With the two of us sitting by the lake, beers in hand, we looked at each other and asked “Is it time?” We knew it was.
Authenticity was key, which meant no short cuts and taking our time to find the perfect location to brew the best possible beer. When the old Dundas Curling and Skating Rink went up for sale a couple of years ago, we knew we had found the perfect location. What Canadian wouldn’t want to put a brewery inside an old curling and skating rink?
This building has a tremendous amount of character and history and our mission was to restore as much of it as possible. We wanted the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company to bring the building’s rich history back to life.
So, we ran a Kickstarter campaign in June 2015 to help raise money to restore key historical elements of the building. We rebuilt the wall that was destroyed when a dump truck crashed into it after having lost its brakes on Sydenham Hill (read more about this story on the Brickspage). We brought back the signs that once hung here when the building was home to the Highway King Bus Line.
Although we take pride in the restoration of the historic landmark, what really drives us is great tasting beer. To that end, we strive to produce the best possible beer using natural ingredients, and brewing with great care and craftsmanship. For us, opening a craft brewery has been an adventure and each new beer we produce is a new adventure. The beers brewed here are for people who embrace the idea that adventure is good, that it builds character, makes dreams come true, and brings life to its fullest.