Micro-brewery coming to downtown Port Colborne

After a more than 100-year absence, a micro-brewery will be built in Port Colborne.

Business owners Fred and Monica Davies announced they will be building The Breakwall Brewing Company in the downtown core and expect it to be open in the fall of this year.

It will be located at 46 Clarence St., next to the Bargain Shop.

“We have been testing the concept on social media and with individual focus groups to determine if the local market would embrace and support a new venture like this,” said Fred. “The response was overwhelmingly positive and we have decided to further invest in our downtown and our community with this new brewery and restaurant.”

Image from The Breakwall Brewing Company’s Facebook page

“We bounced a number of brewery names around in social media and the response was fantastic,” Fred said.

“We wanted to be a true representation of our heritage and landed on that truly iconic Port Colborne historic site, the Gravelly Bay breakwall. That breakwall has protected our community and marine industry for over 180 years. What better way to honour our history than by putting it on a local beer bottle?”

The new business, the couple said in a release, will be promoted as a taphouse with a diverse menu to compliment the brewery, including a full bar.

“We want to add to the food and beverage sector to increase Port Colborne’s profile in Niagara. Our flagship restaurant, San Marco’s Ristorante, down the street is entering its 15th year with our focus on Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. The Breakwall Taphouse & Brewery will offer traditional and gourmet pizza, burgers, wings and other items that compliment the proprietary beer recipes produced in the building,” Fred said.

“We’re also planning on bringing some regional food icons to the restaurant including Buffalo’s iconic beef on weck, and fantastic Buffalo wings. In season, we’ll also be featuring locally sourced fare including Lake Erie perch,” Monica said.

Fred said there will be an announcement soon to introduce the micro-brewery’s brewmaster.

“He brings a wealth of experience in the industry and we are excited to bring him to Port Colborne. He will brew four proprietary beers including a Golden Ale, IPA, Chocolate Porter and an English Mild. For our grand opening, our brewmaster plans to offer the community a Maple Lager, one of the last beers produced in Port Colborne 100 years ago at the Cronmiller & White Brewery. We will also produce an Imperial Stout and a variety of seasonal beers with unique flavours.

“We are fortunate to be in an area where we can also source brewing ingredients to create our own brewing personality. We’re looking forward to working with local farmers,” he said. “Craft beer is all about community, and we’re going to keep it local. In addition, we’re creating new jobs in the downtown core and that is never a bad thing.”

The location provides almost 5,000 sq. ft. of space with plans to make the brewery a visible part of the floorplan, including over 160 restaurant and bar seats in a rustic design that will reflect local heritage.

The couple said one exciting item will be a private tasting room for individual events. An outdoor patio will be open in the summer as well as a retail beer store inside offering customers an option to simply buy beer to enjoy at home in bottles, cans and growlers.

They also said there will be a number of events inside and throughout the community designed to increase Port Colborne’s visibility on the Niagara beer trail.

“This building process will take many months,” Fred said. “We are sourcing equipment from around North America, so it will take some time to both construct the brewery and assemble the brand new equipment.”