MIDLAND, ON – A new brewery dedicated to “trying new things, enjoying the creative process and pushing ourselves along the way” is now open in the Central Ontario town of Midland.
Test Batches Brewery has been founded by Jamie and Lesley Tripp, a couple who previously ran a paint and home decorating shop before they decided to shift into the brewing business.
The first two beers to hit the taps and fridge are Fearless Leader Schwarzbier (5.4% abv) and Celebration Mexican Lager (4.2% abv), both of which were brewed at Grain & Grit Beer Co. in Hamilton while final approval to start brewing at Test Batches was pending.
That approval has since come through, and on-site brewing has started. As suggested by the Test Batches name, Jamie and head brewer Alex Dunning will be creating an frequently changing rotation of beers on the 20-hectolitre brewhouse.
Along with beer, the taproom offers other beverages including cider, wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee, and a food menu that features meat and cheese boards, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and BBQ specials on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. A selection of sweet treats including chocolates, cake pops, sponge toffee, and cookies are also available.
In addition, it’s worth noting that since Test Batches is a living wage employer, tipping is discouraged.
Test Batches Brewery is located at 476 Hugel Avenue in Midland, and is open from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM on MOnday to Saturday, and 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. For more details, see the brewery website.
Source & Photos: Test Batches Brewery