ALMONTE, ON – Base Camp Brewing has announced via social media that the brewery’s owner and brewer Justin Francis passed away suddenly on Thursday June 22nd.
Justin and his wife Rebecca opened Base Camp last November in Almonte, a small town in Eastern Ontario, taking over the space previously held by Crooked Mile Brewing which had closed in mid-September after nearly six years in business.
The brewery taproom and retail store has been closed since late last week, but the announcement notes that “some of Justin and Rebecca’s friends are preparing to open Base Camp temporarily to sell the remaining stock of their signature brews”.
A friend of the family has also launched a GoFundMe campaign to support Rebecca and her three young children – Hunter (7), Evelyn (5), and Emma (2) – who depended on Justin and the brewery as the sole source of income for the family.
Source & Photo: Base Camp Brewing