TORONTO — Not long after being acquired by Labatt/AB InBev, news surfaced that Mill Street Brewery had made an acquisition of its own, with the purchase of Toronto-based Brickworks Ciderhouse.
Brickworks co-founder Chris Noll says that the deal had been in discussion before the Labatt takeover, and it was the autonomy that Mill Street has been given under the new ownership that helped draw Brickworks to close the deal.
Launched in 2013, Brickworks Ciderhouse has quickly gained popularity. The company currently produces Batch: 1904 (dry), Queen Street 501 (semi-sweet) and a peach variety titled Stadium Island.
A portion of the investment that Labatt has made in Mill Street is expected to be used to upgrade the company’s main brewing facility in Scarborough, Ont. to produce cider as well as beer.