DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: A new business was brewing at council’s meeting on Monday, March 17, as councillors heard a presentation from the Second Wedge Brewing Company.
The microbrewery was a top-five finalist in the recent Win This Space competition, and although they didn’t win the grand prize, owners Joanne Richter and Rob Garrard are moving forward with their plans to open their business in downtown Uxbridge by late 2014 or early 2015.
“The name Second Wedge comes from the Oak Ridges Moraine, and Uxbridge’s position in the four wedges of the Moraine,” Mrs. Richter explained to council.
Once operational, the microbrewery will churn out 2000 litres of beer per batch, and their downtown location will be home to the company’s brewing, cellaring and packaging operations as well as a retail store and tasting room.
The Second Wedge’s owners hope to use their downtown location to draw residents and visitors alike to downtown Uxbridge.
“We have trails all around us, and we’d like to draw people into town and think there are huge opportunities to promote Uxbridge tourism,” said Mrs. Richter. “We’ll be making our home in downtown Uxbridge so we can be a walkable neighbourhood brewery. A beautiful, comfortable space to gather, learn and taste something new.”
Mrs. Richer added that the former IGA/Sears building at the corner of Brock and Toronto St. is their ideal location, and they have been in contact with the property owner about securing a lease in the hope of being able to open up shop within the next year.
Councillors were enthusiastic about the idea of an exciting new business opening in the downtown core.
“It’s an excellent idea, and I look forward to you opening and doing business here in Uxbridge,” said Ward 1 Councillor Bev Northeast.
Local residents can follow along with the Second Wedge Brewing Company as they share news and stories about the ups and downs of starting a brewery through their web site, www.thesecondwedge.ca, which is expected to be operational later this month.
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