Silversmith Brewing Company turned ten this summer, but where did it all begin?
Our story began way back in 2011, when two friends looked around their hometown of Niagara-on-the-Lake and were struck by the fact that while the region had 38 wineries, there wasn’t a single brewery. They decided it was time to change that. In the nearby town of Virgil was an old church. The friends bought the 117-year-old building, moved their equipment in, and Silversmith Brewing Company had its home.
Lots has changed since then, but two things haven’t. First, we still make our famous, multi-award winning Black Lager. Second, our brewery is still located inside our old church in Virgil Ontario. If you’re not familiar with the area, let’s just say we’re on the edge of Niagara-On-The-Lake Ontario.
Our church is home to not only a brewery and beer hall, but a group of passionate and knowledgeable staff who are dedicated to providing an experience like no other. The Silversmith Brewing Company proudly redefines not only the craft beer experience, but tourism in the Niagara Region. And if you cannot make it down here, our beer is stocked in select Beer Stores and LCBOs across the province.
Our founding fathers’ family (say that three times fast) had a long history in silversmithing. And we are continuously looking for ways to draw from this important yet ancient craft. Today, ten years since we began, each day still feels like that first one. We have created a space where travellers and locals alike can meet and take refuge over a delicious brew in a historic property. And 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.