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Popular Toronto brewery in crisis after supplier goes bankrupt

One of Toronto's local breweries has been hit hard by a supplier's financial problems this week. 

Indie Alehouse, one of the Junction's hottest spots, recently posted on various social media channels that they were in a bit of trouble after their equipment supplier, DME, closed for good. 

DME is based in Prince Edward Island and provides equipment and other tools to over 1,600 breweries around the world. The company merged with another, NSI, and were bought out by a Toronto-based corporation called Clearspring.

Jason Fisher, owner of Indie Alehouse, had just ordered a ton of new equipment and machinery from NSI before learning that the merged companies were in receivership. 

Indie and Fisher are now out $800,000, which was already spent on new equipment the brewery will never see.

According to a social media post, others have stepped in to help provide used equipment and other assistance. But, as Fisher points out, smaller breweries without suh a safety net will suffer harder and may even need to close. 

Indie Alehouse is staying open, but will most likely be struggling for some time. 

Fisher writes, "Large companies get bailouts, banks always get their money, but small businesses have to rely on each other and their strong local community to survive." 

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