• Old brewery foundation discovered in Cobourg, Ontario. MacPherson, Downs & Company was destroyed by fire in 1899.
You may have heard that a chap from Quebec is working on a book on Canadian Beer Trays. It’s me. I started almost 12 years ago but now am close to the end. In a last attempt to find pictures for a dozen or so trays that I have the description (from Larry Sherk and Wray Martin 1989 inventory + Addendum) and some for which I would like better pictures, I call on all collectors of Canadian breweriana for assistance. If you can send me a high definition picture of the trays on the list that you may have, it will be very much appreciated. In return, your name will appear in the credit section of the book. Thank you in advance. I anxiously await your response. Regards,
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The story begins with whiskey, early independent innkeepers and entrepreneurs, includes English immigrant brewers who established a thriving commercial industry, and then suddenly ends in the late 1930s when Guelph was left without a single brewery for nearly fifty years. Key events in the 1970s and 1980s, and the visionary thinking of several men and women, led to the resurrection of brewing in Guelph in 1985.
This exhibition focuses on the impact of changes in production, transportation, marketing, gender and policy in Guelph, positioned within current brewing trends in Ontario, across Canada and around the world. Guest curated by Eric Payseur, Brewing Changes Guelph is as much about the present and future of brewing in Guelph as it is about its illustrious past.
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What’s more Canadian than beer? Craft brewing has exploded across Canada, reinvigorating the country’s love and appreciation for its favourite beverage. But Canadians have always treasured beer—a fact evidenced by these vintage labels that showcase both stunning skills in typography and a true passion for the brew.
In addition to the earliest vintage labels from iconic breweries like Dow and Labatt, discover an eye-opening cross-section of the country’s beer-brewing history through the artwork of ales, porters, lagers, and malts from brewers east to west, many of which are long forgotten.
Lawrence C. Sherk is one of the country’s foremost collectors of Canadian beer memorabilia, with the second-largest collection of beer labels in Canada. In 2011, he donated nearly 3000 of his labels, most of them dating from before 1945, to the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library at the University of Toronto, where they can be viewed as part of the library’s paper-ephemera collection. Before retiring in 2001, Sherk was a renowned horticulturist, though history is his first love.
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320 Pages Hardcover 8.5 x 7.5 inches