New craft brewery officially opens at Wolfhead Distillery

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Craft beer and spirits have officially come together at Wolfhead Distillery.

Lonsbery Farms Brewing Co. has opened at the Howard Ave. distillery and restaurant under the direction of Karl Lonsbery. He is part of the distillery team at Wolfhead and teamed with Wolfhead co-owner Tom Manherz to also create a craft brewery at the site.

Wolfhead Distillery co-owner Tom Manherz (left) and Lonsbery Farms Brewing Company owner Karl Lonsbery celebrate the grand opening of the latter last Friday morning. Lonsbery Farms Brewing Company is based out of Wolfhead Distillery.

Wolfhead Distillery co-owner Tom Manherz (left) and Lonsbery Farms Brewing Company owner Karl Lonsbery celebrate the grand opening of the latter last Friday morning. Lonsbery Farms Brewing Company is based out of Wolfhead Distillery.

Manherz said they started talking about the craft brewery and he found out Lonsbery has been working on it for five years.

“He has a really good product,” said Manherz.

Lonsbery said it “made sense” to come together and offer the two products under one roof.

“It gives people the opportunity when they want spirits and beer,” said Lonsbery.

For the time being, pints will be served out of Wolfhead’s restaurant only though Lonsbery Farms hope to grow as time goes on. There are no retail sales for the time being, but 12-ounce and 16-ounce glasses are available at Wolfhead. Early results will see four to six types of beer offered at the distillery.

“There’s still a lot of space on the market,” said Lonsbery, adding the distillery side has made it into 26 LCBO locations.

Wolfhead Distillery is one of the few distilleries in southern Ontario to offer a craft brewery and a restaurant as well as a distillery.

“Hopefully we’re leading the pack,” said Manherz.

Lynnette Bain, vice president of tourism programs and development with Tourism Windsor-Essex Pelee Island (TWEPI), said Wolfhead is the ninth stop on the Barrels, Bottles and Brews trail with Lonsbery being the seventh brewery.

Karl Lonsbery pours of glass of craft beer. Lonsbery Farms Brewing Co. is open at Wolfhead Distillery.

Karl Lonsbery pours of glass of craft beer. Lonsbery Farms Brewing Co. is open at Wolfhead Distillery.

“What surprises me is how people lift each other up,” said Bain. “People in this industry step up and help each other out.”

Bain said everyone collaborates well and said it is a “grassroots” industry.

“Everyone is so hard working and willing to help each other,” she said.

Getting craft beer and craft spirits in one location is “very unique,” Bain added, and pointed out that people can now find out where their beverages come from.

Bain said farmers know people in the distillery, craft brewery and restaurant industries as more and more people want to know where their food is coming from.

Wolfhead Distillery is located at 7781 Howard Ave. and their website is www.drinkwolfhead.com.

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