Smylie Brothers Brewery To Open Beer Backyard With Meals Vans At Bowmanville Plant

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BOWMANVILLE — Smylie Brothers Brewing Company obtained City Council approval to construct a seasonal beer backyard at its Bowmanville manufacturing plant, with hopes to open as quickly as this 12 months.

Smylie Brothers has been making beer at its 5435 N. Wolcott Ave. manufacturing facility since 2017 to serve its two brewpubs, proprietor Mike Smylie mentioned. In addition to brewing beer, the Wolcott location sells beer to-go on weekdays. 

“Since we opened there, we’ve been trying to figure out how to get a patio in there. Five years went by in a hurry, and we actually just re-signed the lease for another five years,” Smylie mentioned.

The brewery secured a wanted zoning change to construct the beer backyard after getting support for its plan from Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) and town’s Plan Commission this month. 

The beer backyard can be constructed on the property’s open yard to the east and south of the present brewery, based on the proposal.  

The inside the brewery can be renovated, however no modifications shall be made to the skin of the constructing, based on the proposal. 

Planned landscaping consists of including ornamental crushed gravel paths, sunglasses and picnic tables with umbrellas. The present car parking zone can be redesigned so meals vans may park subsequent to the beer backyard, Smylie mentioned.

“And we’ll have some room for lawn games like bags,” Smylie mentioned. “It’s going to be a pretty chill hangout area outdoors. You can come by, grab some beers, grab a bite to eat and the kids can run around.”

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Rendering of Smylie Brothers Brewing Company proposed beer backyard at 5435 N. Wolcott Ave.

The space instantly across the Wolcott plant is generally industrial, however it’s a brief stroll from residential streets and different breweries based mostly in Bowmanville, together with Half Acre and Spiteful Brewing.

Vasquez mentioned he supported Smylie Brothers’ proposal as a result of it should add a neighborhood gathering spot alongside an in any other case sleepy block of principally mild manufacturing companies, he mentioned. 

Besides the zoning change, the brewery must safe remaining approvals and metropolis permits for development and to serve beer on the Wolcott property, Smylie mentioned.

“I definitely want to open by next spring. But if we can get it open at any point before the weather changes this year, that would be great,” Smylie mentioned. “But if we can get final approvals for everything this year, we might just open with the bare bones set up out there until winter. Then pick things back up in the spring to really spruce up the place.”

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Michael Smylie, proprietor of Smylie Brothers Brewing Company.

Smylie obtained into craft beers whereas attending Colorado State University within the Nineteen Nineties. He began brewing his personal beers at residence after graduating, he mentioned.

Smylie has 4 brothers and landed on the brewery’s identify after he pitched them the thought of opening their very own enterprise, he mentioned. 

The brothers opened their first brewpub in downtown Evanston in 2014 and their second in Lakeview final 12 months.

Smylie mentioned he plans to function beer from the opposite two brewpubs on the Wolcott beer backyard alongside a rotating checklist of seasonal beers.

“It’ll be a rotating lineup, but you’ll always see our our mainstays, like our Helles Lager and Wolcott IPA,” Smylie mentioned. “But we have the ability to pull product from either pub. We’ll also be doing special tappings since we have our barrel program at that site.”

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