Bookmark this page as we document the build of the new Junction Brewery at 150 Symes Road … We will be adding construction updates with a focus on some of the unique high efficiency technical details Brewmaster Doug Pengelly will be designing into the new Brewhaus plus some of the plans President/Founder Tom Paterson has for the new Tap Room/Bottle Shop and Event Space. Construction has begun and prep work is proceeding. Full steam ahead!
Junction Craft Brewing set for expansion into historic West Toronto property
Junction Craft Brewing is pleased to announce that it has signed a lease on a new 16.000 square foot facility located at 150 Symes Road in The Junction, at the corner of Symes Road and Glen Scarlett Road. In 2017, the company will open the doors of a brand new brewery and craft beer destination to be built within the former Symes Road Incinerator.
Situated less than a kilometre from Junction Craft’s current location, this impressive Art Deco structure was built by the City of Toronto and opened in 1934. The design and construction of the project took place under R.C. Harris, Toronto’s longest serving Commissioner of Public Works. Known originally as ‘Destructor on Symes Road‘, later as ‘Symes Road Incinerator’ and ultimately as ‘Symes Road Transfer Station’ when it was converted into a waste transfer facility, it is a rare survivor of West Toronto’s early 20th century industrial history in the former ‘Union Stockyards’ later Ontario Stockyards area.
The building and its 5.5 acre site were listed for sale by Build Toronto in 2010, and purchased by a Toronto developer in 2012. Declared a Heritage property in 2011, the building will be restored and then turned over to Junction Craft for adaptation to a use that reflects its industrial roots while engaging the community. Toronto’s PLANT Architects have been enlisted to help with this transition.
“We’re very excited to be up and running there next year,” said President Tom Paterson. “We’ll be opening a facility that, in addition to a new 25 hL brewhouse and increased production and distribution capabilities, will offer brewery tours, an event space, and an expanded tap room and retail bottle shop. We hope it will be a place that all craft beer lovers will enjoy and want to keep coming back to.”
Junction Craft Brewing was established in Toronto’s historic west end Junction neighbourhood in 2011. Their mission is to create balanced, flavourful versions of diverse beer styles, while sharing a passion for their enjoyment with a wide range of beer drinkers. All Aboard!
Doug checking out the new tanks at IAI
A few photos of the fabrication of our new brewhaus
It’s a pleasure to work with these guys :
Andy Bentley from MacRae and Jan Bucknell Site Supervisor from Arguson
Thanks to Doug for the photos!
Google Street View … cleaning up real nice !
Look up … Way up!
#OnDeck DESTRUCTOR Series Barrel Program : Bourbon Oak
This #Beastie will be our new Air Compressor
Is it me or does it look taller ?
#RoundOne of our DESTRUCTOR Barrel Age Program : Red Wine Oak
Doug had a visit with the good folks at IAI in Boucherville, QC #CustomStainless
Starting clean up real nice!
Stage Two : Can You Dig It ?!
Stage One : Blasting
‘Pre-Construction’ photos from December 2014 (click to enlarge)