HAMILTON, Ont. — Collective Arts Brewing has announced plans to open a facility in Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Gowanus neighbourhood — a move that will make it the first Ontario craft brewery to set up shop south of the border.
The 16,000-sq.-ft. outpost will feature a 20-hL brewery, retail store and taproom, kitchen and restaurant and live-music lounge.
“We’ve never had a kitchen before, which means we have a new outlet to be creative with — developing foods that complement our beers — and we anticipate serving food with ingredients that are ethically sourced, approachable and creative,” says Bob Russell, co-founder, Collective Arts.
The project will feature two, mixed-use spaces where the company plans to feature local and global artists, as well as open up opportunities for the community to make use of it. “This space gives us an opportunity to support the art and music communities at a time when art galleries and live music venues are disappearing,” explains Russell. “We want to create a venue that can showcase both local and international talent and provides our drinkers a new experience each time they visit.”
In line with the company’s belief that creativity fuels creativity, Collective Arts will look to collaborate with local and international artists, musicians and brewers to create a collaborative space and authentic contribution to the Gowanus neighbourhood.
“We want to make space that becomes an incubator for us to create new beers, but also a creative hub for the community we’re in and the artists and musicians we collaborate with,” says Matt Johnston, Collective Arts co-founder.