By: Michelle Poirier
The final pieces are falling into place for Turkey Shoot Brewing Co. (TSBC) as it gets ready to open its new craft brewery, located at 482 The Queensway South in Keswick.
TSBC’s co-owners, Kyle Stewart, Jaclyn DiPietro and Brennan Roy, have been keeping busy during the pandemic, launching two beers, renovating the new space, which will included a taproom and bottle shop, and packing up their basement brewery in Etobicoke, where the business started.
But now that hard work is about to bear fruit or, in this case, beer.
“We are so close to being ready to open our doors; we just need to get our final inspection, and then that allows us to get all the permits that we have pending at this point. We have a lot of beer to sell; we’re very excited.” Ms. DiPietro said.
Ms. DiPietro and Mr. Stewart said the past month has been challenging; orders for their beer from restaurants slowed down or stopped when the lockdowns began.
“We’re excited things are changing for the better, and we’re happy to see some of the restaurants that have been struggling open their doors. And once we get operational, we’re hoping to work with them to develop food matches for our beers,” Mr. Stewart said.
Mr. Stewart said the new craft brewery would offer customers some food options along with beer tastings, and they have plans in the works for partnerships with local restaurants.
In December, TSBC launched their second beer, the Lake Simcoe Lagered Ale, featuring artwork from a local artist Jordan Findlay, the owner of J.J.F. Cartography Co.
“His dream was always to have his maps on a beer can, so to make that come true for him was exciting for us. And for us, it’s a beautiful label.” Ms. DiPietro said.
TSBC is working on their third beer, the “Ice Hut” Oatmeal Stout.
They are currently running a photography contest for the new label.
Residents can send in a photo of their ice hut; winning photos will be used to inspire the new label. The photos will also be displayed on the brewery wall.
The contest will run until March 15; for more information, you can visit www.turkeyshootbrewingco.com.
Ms. DiPietro said they hope to make this an annual contest.
“Our names and our beers are centralized around the local community, so as we grow, you’ll see more and more of our beers taking on the names and shapes and forms of Georgina,” Mr. Stewart said.
You can find the Lake Simcoe Lagered Ale at The Beach Lakefront Bar & Grill and Bailey’s Homestead Restaurant. The Pefferlaw Pale Ale is on offer at the above two restaurants, as well as Offsides Sports Bar & Grill, Boston Pizza Keswick, The Corner House Bistro, Ramada by Wyndham Jackson’s Point, The Lake Simcoe Arms Pub, The Boondocks Eatery and The Belvedere Cookhouse & Saloon.