New Ritual Brewing Closes, Set to Reopen as Lightcaster Brewery

OSHAWA, ON – Less than two years after opening in Ontario’s Durham Region, New Ritual Brewing has closed for business.

New Ritual was launched in May 2021 by two couples – Jim and Molly Gorry, and Tim Ferriman and Melanie Martins – and mainly specialized in IPAs and Pale Ales, with occasional diversions to other styles.

While there has been no official announcement regarding the closure, a social media post in January stated that the taproom was closed “temporarily”, which was followed by the disappearance of the New Ritual website and Instagram page, as well as an update to the brewery’s Google listing to indicate that it is “permanently closed”. The brewery’s Facebook page remains online at time of writing, but hasn’t had any updates posted since December.

UPDATE: Following the publication of this article, a CBN reader replied on Twitter to let us know that New Ritual has been sold, and will be reopening as Lightcaster Brewery. No timeline has been announced for the relaunch, but details will likely be posted on the Lightcaster Instagram page as they are confirmed.

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