Described as “a refreshing, farmhouse-style beer with subtle notes of clove and citrus, and a slightly tart finish,” Symington Saison was launched in late 2016 with an event in the Henderson taproom, and was brewed under contract while Katalyst co-owners Mark Verok and Krystal Perepeluk scouted locations in Toronto’s Junction Triangle neighbourhood to establish a bricks-and-mortar facility.
Unable to find a suitable location in Toronto, Verok and Perepeluk decided to move north of the city, and were set to discontinue the brand until Henderson stepped in with an offer to keep it alive.
“We were intrigued to try the beer [when it launched] because it was a style that we weren’t making,” said Steve Himel of Henderson in a statement. “We loved it then and are still huge fans. When we heard that Mark was planning to move out of the city and discontinue the brand, we reached out to him right away.”
According to the announcement, Henderson is planning to “brew Symington Saison alongside it’s existing core brands, such as Best and Food Truck, but will keep it markedly separate, maintaining the Symington Saison name, its label, and its distinct personality.”
In a separate statement, Verok and Perepeluk say that they hope to find a location for Katalyst Brewing in the Muskoka region, with more details to be announced as plans are confirmed.