25 years ago when they were varsity basketballers at McMaster, Hamiltonians Shawn Till and Ed Madronich dreamed of becoming brewers. But after graduation they went on to separate careers—Ed to Flat Rock Winery in Jordan, while Shawn is head of Primary Integration—an IT company with offices in Canada, the US and Ireland.
Three years ago Shawn and Ed regrouped and decided to revive their dream for a brewery operating in their hometown. They wanted a special place to operate a craft brewery, and Dunas businessman Bob Crockford sold them the former Dundas Curling Club. For the next months Shawn and Ed set about transforming the historical rink into a modern brewery while protecting the heritage elements of the building. For the brewing equipment they visited the Spadoni Company in Orvieto Italy where they purchased a fully automated brew house. The automation will ensure that there is consistent quality and taste throughout each batch. 35-year veteran brewmaster Rob Creighton has been helping craft breweries for more than 20 years.
The building was built by Richard Todd Wilson (mayor of Dundas from 1891-1892) in the 1860s. It is best known as the former Dundas Curling & Skating Rink. In the 1930’s it was converted to factory space and in 1974 it was owned by Bob Crockford’s Valley City Furniture for storage and upholstery until 2012 when Shawn and Ed purchased the building. The brewery will also serve as event space for approximately 200 guests.
Brewing has begun and the company offers two lines of craft beer–LagerShed and BarrelShed –the latter aged gently in wine barrels to produce a unique flavour.