“The most refreshing street in Canada.”
That is the tag line of Durham Region’s newest craft brewery. Brock St. Brewing Company, which had their soft opening back in April, is located at 1501 Hopkins St., Unit 3, in Whitby, Ontario. Yes that’s right, the name is Brock St. Brewery which is located on Hopkins, but I will get into that in a little bit. Brock St. Brewery was an idea that came from a night of 4 homebrewers enjoying a few beers a couple of years ago. The idea started to come to life in January 2014. The brewery was intended to be located in the old fire hall on Brock St. Unfortunately the town was not ready for the sale of the building. That is not stopping the ownership group of the brewery from actively working with the Mayor, town staff, and council for the Town of Whitby to engage support to rebuild and establish a second location in Whitby’s downtown firehall.
The current brewery is run by brewmaster Eric Ross, who is a graduate of Niagara Brewing Collage, worked at Gananoque Brewery and Beaus before coming to Brock St. Eric, who developed all the recipes in conjunction with the ownership group, is brewing on a 30 hectalitre brewing system. The brewery also has four 60 hectalitre fermenters and 2 brite tanks. They have also introduced a new bottling line and in the summer they will be installing a grain silo which will gravity feed the mash tank inside the brewery. Currently the brewery offers a Blonde, American Brown and Traditional Red, with a Porter and a Pale Ale in the works. Brock St. Brewery is also working on a collaboration beer with 5 Paddles Brewing Co., located on the same street.
Currently, you can buy their beer in 1L and 2L growlers at the brewery, with bottles coming very shortly. If you are looking to try their beers at some local Durham restaurants you can find them at the following: Brock House, Buster Rhinos, Hot Rocks, Chatterpauls, Tetra, Vi
Mark Woitzik, one of the owners, said to me “Brock St. Brewing would like to thank this amazing community for all the support we have received.”
Brock St. Brewery was the official beer of the Brooklin Spring Fair that took place June 4-6, 2015. Brock St. won 1st place at the Bowmanville Ribfest in the Light Beer Category for their Blonde. Brock St. will be participating in events over the summer including Craft Beer Saturday’s this Saturday June 13th at Victory Cigars inOshawa (sorry for the shameless plug of my event) Brock St. Brewing Company will be having their official grand opening, July 4th and 5th, 2015. There will be a few local radio stations that will be broadcasting live, as well as food and of course a ton of beer. If you want to try their beer soon, head over to the brewery or one of the local restaurants to grab yourself a pint or growler.
To see all the photos from the tour head over to my Tour & Events Gallery.