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Liberty Village Brewing rolls out its first large scale brew

Posted by Ben Johnson / April 8, 2014

Liberty Brewing CompanyIt's been over a year since we tagged along while Liberty Village Brewing Company brewed their first commercial batch of beer, but, unless you frequent 25 Liberty, it's unlikely you've had much of a chance to sample the fledgling neighbourhood brewer's beers. That's about to change.

Today, after a year of producing only small batches of their brews and maintaining only one regular account in their neighbourhood, Liberty Village Brewing Company is rolling their beer out to bars across the city.

In order to brew a batch large enough to expand their reach to more venues, LVBC enlisted the folks at Cool Brewery, who are by now something like the area's go-to contract brewing facility, and who proved more than capable of helping Liberty meet their goals.

"The process at Cool was fantastic," says Casandra Campbell, Marketing and Sales for LVBC. "They are very professional so we felt very comfortable. [Cool Brewmasters] Adrian [Popowycz] and Vince [Marsman] were more than happy to let us be super fussy and we felt like we had total control. They provided important information about brewing efficiency and hop utilization, both of which are important for scaling up, and they also have a fantastic lab that can test just about everything."

For their first large scale batch, LVBC brewed their 504 Pale Ale, a dry-hopped American-style pale ale named for Liberty's overworked, perpetually-late streetcar. "We have seasonals in the works too but nothing confirmed yet," Campbell says. "We need to deal with our first batch before we do anything else."

Kegs will leave Cool later today and over the next few weeks you'll see Liberty Village Brewing Company's 504 Pale Ale on tap at Tequila Bookworm, PACT, Mildred's, Brass Taps, Dundas & Carlaw (formerly Lola Bar), Tallboys, Bar Hop, WVRST, and barVolo. Some of the beer is slated to go into bottles and you can expect a few more bars to start carrying LVBC brews then.

Ben Johnson also writes about beer over on Ben's Beer Blog. Follow him on twitter @Ben_T_Johnson.

Discussion

9 Comments

JK / April 8, 2014 at 07:34 am
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Awesome news. I loved their beer at 25 Liberty! So excited to be able to get it closer to home.
Fred / April 8, 2014 at 09:54 am
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Ohhh oh let's not use the word LARGE SCALE BREW makes it sound like Labatts or Molson what happened to the small batch trend?
Casandra replying to a comment from Fred / April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am
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Good point. This batch is tiny compared to Labatts or Molson, but for the past year we were only brewing four kegs at a time, which meant we could only supply one establishment.
Fred replying to a comment from Casandra / April 8, 2014 at 10:31 am
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Ohhh make sense. Thanks
B / April 8, 2014 at 10:51 am
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Are there plans to open an actual brewery within Liberty Village? I work in the area, would be nice..
Casandra replying to a comment from B / April 8, 2014 at 11:13 am
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There are plans to open our own space in Liberty Village. That's the big goal we're working towards! In fact, we already have a a few dream locations in mind...
Johnny / April 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm
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It'd be nice if there was a map with this article, so I could see where to get it.
Rob replying to a comment from Johnny / April 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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have you heard of google?
Robsfriendjeff / April 8, 2014 at 09:28 pm
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I taught you about google rob. Took you years to understand because you are not smart.

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