Dundas craft brewery opens to the public

News Apr 07, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Bottoms up. Cheers. Down the hatch.

With all the clichés out of the way – Dundas’ new craft brewery finally, and officially, opened its doors to the public last weekend, in the culmination of a longtime dream and three full years of preparation.

A sign on the front door of Shawn and Ed Brewing Company at 65 Hatt Street stating “Soon is a four letter word” greeted visitors over a busy four-day weekend of opening events, poking a little fun at high-level of local anticipation that continued to grow over the past three years.

“It’s a relief,” said co-owner and Ancaster native Shawn Till, who watched much of the progress from afar. He runs a business near the Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. border.

Former classmates and basketball teammates at McMaster University, Till and Ed Madronich – who also owns Flat Rock Cellars winery in Jordan - talked many years ago about someday opening their own brewery.

“As the years past, I built a data centre business in the U.S. Ed built a successful winery,” Till said.

That brewery they talked about was now something they would be able to do. Their priority was a special location. The dream included an historic building within walking distance of a downtown.

Driving through Dundas to visit his wife Leanne’s parents, the couple noticed the century old curling rink building on Hatt Street. Leanne’s a Dundas native who delivered the Dundas Star and was a student at St. Augustine and St. Mary.

They quickly learned Bob Crockford was closing Valley City Manufacturing and the building that was serving as a warehouse.

Till and Madronich met with Crockford. It turned out Crockford had played tennis with Till’s father and the craft brewery vision fit perfectly with his own vision.

Crockford sold Till and Madronich the building without ever putting it on the market.

“Puzzle pieces started coming together,” Till said. “Things started to line up.”

Soon they had award-winning and well-known craft beer brewmaster Rob Creighton on board and ready to experiment. Krys Hines, former award-winning operator of the popular Domestique Café signed up to manager the craft brewery’s retail side.

“I’m a believer that a lot of things happen for a reason,” Till said. “We have a great location. There’s no better location for a craft brewery in Ontario.”

Last Thursday, guests joined Till, Madronich, and their families to officially cut the ribbon and open Shawn and Ed Brewing Company.

“We’re open,” Madronich smiled. “We have four beers – LagerShed Original, Darker and Lighter and BarrelShed.”

BarrelShed is aged in Pinot Noir casks from Madronich’s winery.

Madronich said Thursday evening the craft brewery opens with at least five full-time staff and several part-timers.

“The transformation, for me, is incredible,” he said. “We worked hard to protect the heritage but implement modern elements.”

Till took a moment to thank Dundas city councillor Arlene VanderBeek several times for her help with the project.

VanderBeek grabbed a section of the ribbon for the Dundas Museum – noting the historical significance of the day.

“They’ve shown how you can build excitement in the community,” VanderBeek said. “Dundas has great character, and this is something else in a really old building that adds to that character.”

She described Madronich, Till and their team as “great partners for the community.”

“Ed may not live in Dundas – he lives in Ward One – but he’s a Dundasian, through and through.”

Friday night, a ticketed celebration with food and live music was held. Saturday and Sunday were open houses for the community.

On Saturday afternoon, lines of people patiently waited at least 20 minutes to get their first tastes of LagerShed and BarrelShed.

Dozens of people spoke positively last weekend of the craft brewery’s impact on local business and tourism – and also positively about the beer’s flavour.

“It’s good beer,” said former Dundas citizen of the year Bob James. “I think they’ll do very well.”

Dundas craft brewery opens to the public

Community gets a first taste of LagerShed and BarrelShed

News Apr 07, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Bottoms up. Cheers. Down the hatch.

With all the clichés out of the way – Dundas’ new craft brewery finally, and officially, opened its doors to the public last weekend, in the culmination of a longtime dream and three full years of preparation.

A sign on the front door of Shawn and Ed Brewing Company at 65 Hatt Street stating “Soon is a four letter word” greeted visitors over a busy four-day weekend of opening events, poking a little fun at high-level of local anticipation that continued to grow over the past three years.

“It’s a relief,” said co-owner and Ancaster native Shawn Till, who watched much of the progress from afar. He runs a business near the Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. border.

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Former classmates and basketball teammates at McMaster University, Till and Ed Madronich – who also owns Flat Rock Cellars winery in Jordan - talked many years ago about someday opening their own brewery.

“As the years past, I built a data centre business in the U.S. Ed built a successful winery,” Till said.

That brewery they talked about was now something they would be able to do. Their priority was a special location. The dream included an historic building within walking distance of a downtown.

Driving through Dundas to visit his wife Leanne’s parents, the couple noticed the century old curling rink building on Hatt Street. Leanne’s a Dundas native who delivered the Dundas Star and was a student at St. Augustine and St. Mary.

They quickly learned Bob Crockford was closing Valley City Manufacturing and the building that was serving as a warehouse.

Till and Madronich met with Crockford. It turned out Crockford had played tennis with Till’s father and the craft brewery vision fit perfectly with his own vision.

Crockford sold Till and Madronich the building without ever putting it on the market.

“Puzzle pieces started coming together,” Till said. “Things started to line up.”

Soon they had award-winning and well-known craft beer brewmaster Rob Creighton on board and ready to experiment. Krys Hines, former award-winning operator of the popular Domestique Café signed up to manager the craft brewery’s retail side.

“I’m a believer that a lot of things happen for a reason,” Till said. “We have a great location. There’s no better location for a craft brewery in Ontario.”

Last Thursday, guests joined Till, Madronich, and their families to officially cut the ribbon and open Shawn and Ed Brewing Company.

“We’re open,” Madronich smiled. “We have four beers – LagerShed Original, Darker and Lighter and BarrelShed.”

BarrelShed is aged in Pinot Noir casks from Madronich’s winery.

Madronich said Thursday evening the craft brewery opens with at least five full-time staff and several part-timers.

“The transformation, for me, is incredible,” he said. “We worked hard to protect the heritage but implement modern elements.”

Till took a moment to thank Dundas city councillor Arlene VanderBeek several times for her help with the project.

VanderBeek grabbed a section of the ribbon for the Dundas Museum – noting the historical significance of the day.

“They’ve shown how you can build excitement in the community,” VanderBeek said. “Dundas has great character, and this is something else in a really old building that adds to that character.”

She described Madronich, Till and their team as “great partners for the community.”

“Ed may not live in Dundas – he lives in Ward One – but he’s a Dundasian, through and through.”

Friday night, a ticketed celebration with food and live music was held. Saturday and Sunday were open houses for the community.

On Saturday afternoon, lines of people patiently waited at least 20 minutes to get their first tastes of LagerShed and BarrelShed.

Dozens of people spoke positively last weekend of the craft brewery’s impact on local business and tourism – and also positively about the beer’s flavour.

“It’s good beer,” said former Dundas citizen of the year Bob James. “I think they’ll do very well.”

Dundas craft brewery opens to the public

Community gets a first taste of LagerShed and BarrelShed

News Apr 07, 2016 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Bottoms up. Cheers. Down the hatch.

With all the clichés out of the way – Dundas’ new craft brewery finally, and officially, opened its doors to the public last weekend, in the culmination of a longtime dream and three full years of preparation.

A sign on the front door of Shawn and Ed Brewing Company at 65 Hatt Street stating “Soon is a four letter word” greeted visitors over a busy four-day weekend of opening events, poking a little fun at high-level of local anticipation that continued to grow over the past three years.

“It’s a relief,” said co-owner and Ancaster native Shawn Till, who watched much of the progress from afar. He runs a business near the Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. border.

Related Content

Former classmates and basketball teammates at McMaster University, Till and Ed Madronich – who also owns Flat Rock Cellars winery in Jordan - talked many years ago about someday opening their own brewery.

“As the years past, I built a data centre business in the U.S. Ed built a successful winery,” Till said.

That brewery they talked about was now something they would be able to do. Their priority was a special location. The dream included an historic building within walking distance of a downtown.

Driving through Dundas to visit his wife Leanne’s parents, the couple noticed the century old curling rink building on Hatt Street. Leanne’s a Dundas native who delivered the Dundas Star and was a student at St. Augustine and St. Mary.

They quickly learned Bob Crockford was closing Valley City Manufacturing and the building that was serving as a warehouse.

Till and Madronich met with Crockford. It turned out Crockford had played tennis with Till’s father and the craft brewery vision fit perfectly with his own vision.

Crockford sold Till and Madronich the building without ever putting it on the market.

“Puzzle pieces started coming together,” Till said. “Things started to line up.”

Soon they had award-winning and well-known craft beer brewmaster Rob Creighton on board and ready to experiment. Krys Hines, former award-winning operator of the popular Domestique Café signed up to manager the craft brewery’s retail side.

“I’m a believer that a lot of things happen for a reason,” Till said. “We have a great location. There’s no better location for a craft brewery in Ontario.”

Last Thursday, guests joined Till, Madronich, and their families to officially cut the ribbon and open Shawn and Ed Brewing Company.

“We’re open,” Madronich smiled. “We have four beers – LagerShed Original, Darker and Lighter and BarrelShed.”

BarrelShed is aged in Pinot Noir casks from Madronich’s winery.

Madronich said Thursday evening the craft brewery opens with at least five full-time staff and several part-timers.

“The transformation, for me, is incredible,” he said. “We worked hard to protect the heritage but implement modern elements.”

Till took a moment to thank Dundas city councillor Arlene VanderBeek several times for her help with the project.

VanderBeek grabbed a section of the ribbon for the Dundas Museum – noting the historical significance of the day.

“They’ve shown how you can build excitement in the community,” VanderBeek said. “Dundas has great character, and this is something else in a really old building that adds to that character.”

She described Madronich, Till and their team as “great partners for the community.”

“Ed may not live in Dundas – he lives in Ward One – but he’s a Dundasian, through and through.”

Friday night, a ticketed celebration with food and live music was held. Saturday and Sunday were open houses for the community.

On Saturday afternoon, lines of people patiently waited at least 20 minutes to get their first tastes of LagerShed and BarrelShed.

Dozens of people spoke positively last weekend of the craft brewery’s impact on local business and tourism – and also positively about the beer’s flavour.

“It’s good beer,” said former Dundas citizen of the year Bob James. “I think they’ll do very well.”