DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Good things are brewing in Uxbridge on the heels of a recent announcement that an award-winning craft brewery plans to relocate its operation to the town.
Robert Lee, the President and CEO of Provincial Beverages Inc., made the announcement at a public meeting in council chambers on Monday, Oct. 21, that the company’s brewing operation will be relocating from Nobleton to Uxbridge in the near future as part of a $15 million project.
The operation will be housed at a heritage farm, located at the intersection of Cemetary Rd. and Toronto St., and will be a craft brewery/cidery/distillery - the first of its kind in Canada, according to Mr. Lee.
"We’ll be incorporating the existing 1876 barn on site as well as the existing stables and riding arena," Mr. Lee explained. "It’s our desire to repurpose this building, and make it a focal point of our new operation."
Part of that incorporation extends to the name of the new operation, the Barn Door Beverage Company.
In addition, there are also plans for a retail outlet, as well as a 200 seat restaurant on the premises, the Barn Door Bistro.
"We plan to bring world class cuisine, as locally sourced and organic as possible," Mr. Lee added.
The group also plans to re-plant a five acre orchard on site to use in cider production. As well, hops and barely will be grown on site.
The brewery is designed to produce four million litres of beer a year, and once fully operational will have approximately 100 employees on site, including the restaurant.
Mr. Lee, a longtime Uxbridge resident also explained that the state-of-the-art operation will be open to tours.
"Part of this is agri-tourism, and we want to show people what we do," said Mr. Lee.
Residents at the meeting expressed some concerns over potential traffic woes at the busy intersection. But, township Solicitor Liz Howson added that the roadway will be improved prior to the opening of the brewery.
"There will be improvements to the road, whether it be lights or something else, I can’t say, but there is an awareness about possible traffic concerns," said Ms. Howson.
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