Vimy Brewing Company is one of the latest breweries to enter the booming bytown beer industry. And they have set their sights on offering something uniquely Canadian.
Founded by brothers Kevin and Michael Sirko, the company strives to be wholly-Canadian. I asked Kevin Sirko about their name, “We have a patriotic name because we’re very patriotic people. The brewery is inspired by the Battle of Vimy Ridge from the First World War, when all four Canadian divisions fought together for the first time and achieved a significant victory… The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a significant Canadian accomplishment which inspired us to create Vimy Brewing Company where we celebrate all things Canadian and all of the accomplishments that Canada and Canadians have made.”
The founders were reservists with the Royal Canadian Navy, which afforded them the opportunity to travel across Canada. Through their travels, they noted a lack of truly “Canadian” beer (author’s note: Labatt, Molson and Sleeman are all foreign-owned brewing conglomerates) and have been working on the concept of a patriotic brewery for some time.
Their location in Little Italy, near Happy Goat Coffee, sets them in a vibrant neighbourhood. With the number of restaurants, pubs and fellow breweries in the area, it seemed as good a place as any to set up. The brewery itself is reminiscent of a mess hall. The huge space includes games rooms, a lounge and the Great Hall, which features an 80” TV where locals can yell, in equal parts frustration and elation, year round at either the Senators or the RedBlacks!
But the big screen TV isn’t the only impressive piece at the brewery: they serve crowlers. These 946ml super-cans are filled-fresh to be enjoyed at home and tipped back with both hands (jokes jokes, you can share responsibly, if you want). The brewery plans on working with lots of different styles and providing seasonal brews for the restless beer-revelors.
The Sirko brothers are extending a simple invite: “Come on in for a fresh beer and enjoy our taproom!”