Highlander Brew Co. Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for New Brewery

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SOUTH RIVER, ONHighlander Brew Co. has announced the launch of a campaign to help it raise funds for an ambitious brewery move and expansion, with a series of exclusive beers planned to be brewed for supporters.

As announced last November, the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) is providing a grant for the construction an 8,500 square foot complex that is intended to be a community and tourist hub for the village of South River. The anchor of the complex will be the new Highlander facility, which will be a “a Destination Brewery that will encourage tourism in the area and provide a focal point for music, arts and social events,” and will also provide training space for a new Brewery Technician program that is being started by a local college.

In order to fund the move and expansion, Highlander is looking to raise $100,000 via an Indiegogo campaign, and among the perks for contributors is a series of four seasonal beers to be available starting in the spring of 2016:

Spring (6% abv & 40 IBU) – An English-style IPA brewed with Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops and 2 Row crystal malt.

Summer (5.4% abv & 30 IBU) – A golden ale brewed with flaked rye, Maris malt and German wheat malts, prickly pear and Himalayan mountain salt, and aged in Tequila barrels.

Autumn (5.4% abv & 38 IBU) – An English Nut Brown ale made with apple wood smoked hazelnuts and aged on oak chips in whiskey barrels.

Winter (8% abv & 32 IBU) – A “comfort beer” brewed using local organic honey, cinnamon, ginger and orange zest.

For more details on the campaign and special beers, see the Highlander Indiegogo project page.

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