THE HISTORY OF THE BUILDING
Our magnificent building, constructed in the 1860s, was commissioned by Richard Todd Wilson, who served as the mayor of Dundas from 1891 to 1892. Originally, it gained fame as the former Dundas Curling & Skating Rink. Subsequently, between 1923 and 1932, 65 Hatt Street transitioned into the home of the Highway King Bus Line, functioning as a garage for their buses. From 1933 to 1974, it underwent diverse uses, including the manufacturing of various items such as crokinole boards and ringer-rollers for washing machines. In 1974, Valley City Furniture acquired the building for storage and upholstery, maintaining its presence until 2012 when Shawn and Ed acquired and revitalized the property.
THE RENOVATION PROCESS
Renovating a building that has stood for almost 150 years presented a myriad of challenges for us. From fire damage to numerous structural issues, and the absence of plumbing and updated electrical systems, the list seemed endless. The entire renovation process spanned one year, marked by a series of setbacks and delays due to unforeseen issues. Despite the challenges, we are pleased to announce that the completed project has successfully restored the building to its former glory. Inside, it now houses a state-of-the-art brewing facility, a testament to our commitment to preserving the historic while embracing modern innovation.
THE DUMP TRUCK STORY
In 2001, a notable incident occurred when a dump truck, having lost its brakes descending Sydenham Hill, crashed through the wall of our building. The historical photo from that event captures a striking moment where the truck is supporting a significant portion of this side of the structure. Following the incident, extensive reconstruction was required, leading to the use of cinder blocks behind the brick in the brewery's present-day facade. This unique historical event has left an indelible mark on our building, now part of the story we share at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.
THE DESTINATION SCROLLS
The building, originally utilized by Highway King Bus Lines for travel between Dundas and Hamilton, holds a rich history. When Shawn & Ed acquired the property, they stumbled upon a fascinating discovery in the attic—destination scrolls that now adorn the brewery. These scrolls, once hand-cranked by drivers to display the journey's destination, offer a nostalgic glimpse into the past. The signs, neatly framed and never sewn together or used, are nearly a century old but remain in pristine, brand-new condition, preserving a unique piece of history within our brewery.
THE PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT
At Shawn & Ed Brewing Co., we firmly believe in taking the long road and avoiding shortcuts; we are committed to doing things the right way. Whether it's the construction of our building or the selection of brewing equipment, our dedication is to ensure that every aspect of our brewery reaches the highest standards. Our top-notch brewing equipment, sourced from Italy, embarked on a journey across the Atlantic before finding its place at 65 Hatt Street. Comprising a fully automated brewhouse, two 40hL fermentation tanks, and four 80hL fermentation tanks, our equipment represents the pinnacle of craftsmanship and innovation.
Today, at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co., our brewery transcends being merely a facility crafting exceptional craft beer; it has blossomed into a community pillar nestled in the heart of the picturesque and bustling downtown Dundas, Ontario. Hosting a range of events, from concerts and comedy shows to community gatherings, our establishment has transformed into a vibrant hub—a fresh stomping ground where new friendships are forged, all while savouring the distinct flavors of a LAGERSHED brew.