It’s Matt Santagapita, Santa Knows Best, this is another episode of our #BusinessOfTheWeek and we’re down here at London Brewing Co-op with Aaron. Aaron, thanks for having us. Thanks for coming down, this is great! Aaron, what is London Brewing Co-op? Tell us a little bit about your story. London Brewing Co-op is a different kind of brewery. It’s a worker owned cooperative, so that means that everybody who works inside of the brewery also has the opportunity to own the brewery. It works really, really well because you want your business to succeed, it opens ownership up to everybody. It comes with responsibilities as well. There’s sleepless nights, there’s long days, there’s long nights, there’s all that, but when you’ve got a crew pulling together towards the same goal, you can go further.
– Yeah. We’re also all about local. So it’s not just local folks working making a locally made beer, it’s using local ingredients. So how long have you guys been here, been established, have you always been in this location? The first location would have been, Marcus and I on his moms stovetop. We moved from there to another co-op members Dave, his garage. We had this little system then we partnered up with The Root Cellar. In pops our little system there, we brewed there for two and a half years on Sundays, early mornings, dodging the kitchen, all that kind of stuff, until we made the jump to move down here. This took a lot of sweat, determination and beg, borrowing, and stealing, to get the money to get the equipment to be able to scale up an offer now the full retail experience. Where you guys going to be in a year and three years and five years? What do you think this is going to turn into? I mean, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do if there weren’t people wanting to drink our beer.
– Yeah. We want to be here and we want to be making more beer. We want this to be a community space. We’re having great events down here, and enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company over a proper pint.
– Yeah, nice. So you mentioned you that you host some events here, what kind of events do you host down here? We’ve had all kinds, I mean, there’s been the paint nights with Jesse Robertson and Keep It Colourful and Green Garden. There was a Cinco de Mio party going on down here where they were serving up some empanadas. So what are you guys doing differently down here than any other craft brewer in the area? I got to say there’s three things.
– Okay. So ownership model we’re a cooperative. Local local local local – we were the first to produce a commercially available plough to pint, entirely traceable, every ingredient back to the farmer ale. And organic, so using sustainable ingredients in our beer because they’re better!
– Yep. Organic ingredients are better, they taste better, they’re better for the planet, they’re better for the health of the farm workers, all this kind of stuff. – There’s a lot of morals too there.
– There’s an ethical backbone to everything we do. Nice. And so obviously you make beer here right, I mean this is your brewery, but you’know, what else can people do here? what else we have? This is a great place to come come hang out. I mean we’ve got 12 taps running, you can come in have a flight. Four 4×4 ounce samples. We got pinball, old-school pinball with old-school prices, 25 cent a play. So it’s not uncommon for a little stool to be pushed up in front of the pinball machine. Yeah give Johnny some quarters and daddy’s going to have a beer. And then you can also buy beer to go, so we’ve got Growlers, Boston Rounds, 650ml bottles. We’ve got a stage, it’s our brew floor. We get bands out, we had bands out for the opening, we had bands for St. Patty’s Day. The acoustics in this is of this old industrial building, they’re actually not terrible.
– Yeah, nice. We like to brew interesting beer too, and we like to connect with our community, our neighbourhood, so we’ve got this beer coming up – the Neighbourhood Turnt. This will be our third year brewing it, but this is the first time we’ve brewed it on this scale. And it requires support for the neighbourhood. We say, bring your rhubarb down to the brewery, we’ll throw it on the scale, we’ve got a scale behind the bar. You either get a little sample glass, pint glass, or if you bring in you’know, the big harvest, you get to come brew it with us, grab a growler to go and and that’s your big prize. Alright guys, thanks for joining us for the #BusinessOfTheWeek, Matt Santagapita, Santa Knows Best We’ve been down here at London Brewing Co-op with Aaron. Aaron, thanks for having us.
– Thanks for coming down. Thank you.