Colchester Brewery In Planning Stages

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Blackburn News

Karl Lonsbery has worked in the wine industry for over a decade, but he’s ready to try his hand at beer.

Lonsbery plans to launch Lonsbery Brewing Company, brewing beer at his families farm along County Rd. 50 in Colchester. He’s working on his business plan now and has submitted his application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

“I basically have to judge it on the wineries around me. Both Viewpoint and Oxley are on either side of me so their traffic will essentially be my traffic. I’m also speaking with Chris Ryan from Walkerville Brewery, who is helping me along the way.”

It would be the first craft brewery in Essex County. Lonsbery will grow all of the ingredients for his beer on the farm and plans to open a restaurant on site. He hopes to open sometime this summer.