The Silversmith Brewing Company’s story began in 2011, when two friends, Chris Pontsieon and Matt Swan, looked around their town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and were struck by the fact that while the region had 38 wineries, there wasn’t one brewery. They decided it was time to change that.
In the nearby town of Virgil was a former Anglican church, dating back to 1894, that was being used as an antique shop. Chris got into a conversation with the owner and decided to buy the 117-year-old building. The following spring, the two friends moved their equipment in and Silversmith Brewing Company had a home.
On Canada Day in 2012, Silversmith swung open its big wooden doors and poured its first beer for the public. Friends and family worked with new employees to make it all happen. There were last minute runs to get change from the bank, an unthinkable amount of glass washing, and many strategically placed fans to keep things as cool as possible.
On tap was Silversmith’s (soon to be famous) Black Lager, Breakfast Wheat and an Imperial Stout. More than 1,500 thirsty and excited Virgilians stopped by for an all-day, all-hands-on-deck experience to satiate their thirst. The crazy dream had become a reality.
Since that first summer, Silversmith Brewing Company has come a long way, brewing countless new beers, adding many employees and being stocked in grocery stores and LCBOs across the province. Every day, however, still feels like that first one. We love bringing great people together to build a community that values craft beer and each other.
You may have noticed we’ve changed a few things around here. For starters, a brand new Silversmith logo, inspired by our church where it all began. The logo draws elements from the church’s original stained glass windows, representing the craftsmanship and the level of detail that is put into the making of our beers.
The varied colours from the stained glass are reflected in our variety of beers. They also speak to the value we place in community, creativity, collaboration and diversity. We’re collaborators, not competitors. And finally, like the multi-coloured glass, we too are more brilliant as a whole.