Ontario Minister of Culture Taps the First Keg
Black Creek Pioneer Village officially opened the Black Creek Historic Brewery yesterday at a ceremony attended by the Ontario Minister of Culture, The Honourable Aileen Carroll.
Minister Carroll spoke to the crowd and then tapped the first keg to mark the occasion. "The opening of a historic brewery at Black Creek Pioneer Village is an excellent example of the cultural entrepreneurship Ontario encourages and supports. Cultural programs such as these help foster a creative economy and build vibrant, liveable communities," said Carroll.
Earlier this year, Black Creek Pioneer Village was awarded a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Cultural Strategic Investment Fund to assist with the development of the brewery. Black Creek Historic Brewery, a working reproduction of a 19th century brewery, is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination for beer enthusiasts and the general public alike. The Brewery uses only traditional tools, techniques and recipes to recreate the ales, stouts and porters enjoyed in Upper Canada
before Confederation. The Visitors’ Centre at Black Creek Pioneer Village is also currently hosting an exhibit on Ontario’s rich brewing history.
“Nowhere in Canada can you tour a working brewery and experience the process in this context, which includes a working grist mill, a cooperage, the gardens, and then taste the results of beer that has been made according to historic recipes and methods,” said Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Chair of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. “Whether you were a farmer involved with growing the grain, whether you were a miller, a brewer or a cooper making the barrels to ship it in, or whether you were an advocate for a more moderate lifestyle that might not include imbibing alcoholic beverages, it’s all part of a very interesting past that we are sharing through the tours here at the Brewery.”
Like all of the facilities operated by Toronto and Region Conservation, Black Creek Pioneer Village and the Black Creek Historic Brewery are not affected by the current municipal workers strike.
The Black Creek Historic Brewery is open daily through the end of the year, (except December 25 and 26), and is included with general admission to Black Creek Pioneer Village. General admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $11 for children 5-14. Guided tours of the brewery, including samples, are offered daily for an additional $4. Black Creek ales and porters can also be enjoyed in the new Black Creek Historic Brewery Restaurant and Pub, or brought home in returnable 1.9 litre growlers.