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About the Brewery

At New Ontario Brewing we believe that fresh ingredients, combined with creativity and craftsmanship, lead to a superior product that our customers will appreciate as being distinctly different from the large producers. Our goal is to produce a series of flagship beers as well as seasonal beers that allow us to continue experimenting and having fun with our craft. We believe the city of North Bay will embrace the idea of a local beer to call their own. We hope to contribute to and become a part of the local culture of this proud city.

Craft beer in Ontario and across the country is experiencing a rapid expansion on the basis of the goodwill the products bring with them, namely quality ingredients, made in small batches, and produced locally. Building upon the industry’s own goodwill, New Ontario Brewing Company seeks to consistently produce a quality product, offer diverse and innovative products, and build a strong relationship with the local community through participation in cultural events and local festivals. In addition to being a working brewery, New Ontario Brewing Company will become a tourism destination for craft beer enthusiasts. We will also work with the community and fellow brewers to host some new events that will raise awareness of our products and build a local and regional craft beer and artisanal products culture.



Our logo is designed by a local graphic artist and is a tribute to the city’s history in forestry and to northerners’ legendary resourcefulness, ruggedness, and love of our beautiful outdoors. It also evokes the experience of enjoying a beer while sitting around a campfire with family and friends. Our company motto, “Raise your pint,” alludes not only a celebratory, social enjoyment of our products, but also a subtle appeal to expect more from your beer.

Mike Harrison

Brewmaster

Born in raised in the backroads of Kawartha, Mike took the inspiration of farm country and translated it into the creation of delicious brews. He has a keen ability to create balanced beers that satisfy maltsters and hop heads alike. Although his recipes will likely remain a well-guarded secret, he is happy to discuss at length his brewing obsession. A notoriously promiscuous beer drinker, Mike enjoys trying a variety of beers, appreciating the subtle craft of a crisp blonde ale and the bold punch of a traditional English Porter. He prefers to work with Fuggle and Willamette (“It’s the Willamette, damnit!”) but also enthusiastically embraces experimental hop varieties.

Favourite Beer Style: Brown Ale

Interesting Fact: Believes he is the reincarnation of a 17th century Belgian Trappist Monk.

 

Ron Clancy

Front of House and Business Manager

Ron had his coming of age on the West Coast, slipping in and out of the Craft Breweries that cover Vancouver Island. A sailor made brewman, he travelled from port to port sampling and analyzing different brews from around the globe. In the British Isles, Ron discovered that fine English ales were what made his sails rise and he’s been fanatical about the style ever since. A self-proclaimed “beer nerd,” Ron has a taste for the finer things. He’s not afraid of hops, but prefers to brew beers that focus on a rich full bodied malt flavour with a balanced hop profile. He prefers English hop varieties such as East Kent Goldings and Challenger.

Favourite Beer Style: Extra Special Bitter (ESB)

Interesting Fact: Can identify over 40 types of cheese by smell alone

Dan Delorme

Cellarman and Operations Manager

Dan grew up in farm country and over the years has developed a keen ability to smell out the freshest malts and choicest hops. Like the Honey Badger, his rugged demeanor and can’t quit attitude makes him the ideal cellarman and head of operations. His brewing passion is towards the more extreme and hoppy varieties, but that’s not to say that on a cold winter’s eve that he won’t curl up to a nice malty porter. When it comes to hops he’s a traditionalist, preferring the British and European varieties.

Favourite Beer Style: India Pale Ale

Interesting Fact: Scared of bears (and you should be too)

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Hours of Operation:

Sunday – Monday: 11:00 – 9:00

Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00 – 11:00