Building a Brewery in Aurora

It was seven months ago today that I raced to a computer and started typing what would become a business plan for a brewery of sorts. In those months I have visited 43 breweries across a variety of states and throughout Ontario, brewed 16 batches of Peacemaker recipes, and possibly most important of all, wrapped up a 43-page business plan I turned into a 20-page business plan.

That means as of today, the plan is complete. So where did we end up?

Peacemaker Beer

What is Peacemaker Brewing Company?

So what is Peacemaker, then? I’m currently attempting to raise the funds for a 20hL brewery and taproom to be located near Bayview and St. John’s in Aurora, Ontario. This would make us Aurora’s first brewery, and a stone’s throw away from Newmarket where Arch Brewing and the forthcoming Market Brewery make their home. Peacemaker’s location is beautiful with over 6,500 square feet across 1.5 levels including a taproom that overlooks an open brewery where visitors can watch us as we create our beers. Meetings with the town continue, but their older planning docs and requirements of 20% max space to taprooms mean they may push our hands on our sour program earlier than later (but that’s another blog post.)

Why are you different?

The standard boilerplate I typically type is “we ask ‘what if the creators of historic beer styles had access to everything we do today?'” Sometimes I just call us “the Encino Man brewery.” This means every beer starts with the origin of the style and why it was created in the first place, and then introducing modern methods or ingredients to create something new with those original intentions. Example? The British invented their British Golden Ale as the ever-so-British response to European pale lagers in the 1980s as younger Brits turned to these Czech and German lagers over standard British cask ale. Not handcuffed by malt choices we’ve created a complex malt bill that truly combines German and British malts with new German hops that provide a taste of strawberry and honeydew over the more standard earthy and spicy British hops.

A common sight - reading up on beverage history over a flight.

A common sight – reading up on beverage history over a flight.

What will you be brewing?

I’ll introduce each recipes in separate posts later but we currently look to go out the door with three standard recipes – a British Golden Ale, a Breakfast Stout, and an East Coast IPA – with seasonals every month or two. Our seasonals are where the most fun is had, like a Kuytbier (good luck finding info on this style!), an Oktoberfest combined with molasses to better suit the fall weather, and the most popular beer we created during trial runs, a Scottish Wee Heavy fermented with Ontario wildflower honey, and featuring heather tips in place of hops.

When will you open?

Well, that all depends on how quickly I can raise the money necessary to make it happen. If I’m locked and loaded by the end of the month, we’re hopefully open before March!

Can I invest?

Probably the second most popular question of the past seven months – email me at or any other method of contact you have for me, and let’s talk!


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