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The Food and Beverage (FAB) Region partners are pleased to announce a new video series showcasing four craft brewers in their region – 555 Brewing Co., Bancroft Brewing Co., The Napanee Beer Company and Wolfe Island Spring Craft Brewery. The videos may be viewed here.   The goal of the video series is to raise awareness of the FAB Region through profiling some emerging craft breweries.

In late 2013, in anticipation of the craft brewery boom,the FAB team developed a downloadable handbook on “How to Start A Craft Brewery” as a way to offer supporting resources to aspiring craft brewers and to generate leads and interest in the region. The videos are yet another tool the team has created to support startups.   In their interviews, the brewers provide advice to new brewers, discuss what they would do differently, the most difficult obstacles they faced when starting out and where they see the industry going.

Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region is an investment marketing partnership structured to attract and grow small scale (artisanal) food and beverage businesses.   The partners are the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) and the Counties of Hastings, Prince Edward, and Lennox and Addington. The partners strategically focused on craft brewing in 2013 based on both the region’s agricultural and tourism strengths and growth in the sector.   Now today, with over 20 breweries and counting, the economic development offices have proved an excellent resource for new business inquiries and those looking to start a craft brewery. This initiative has been supported by the Frontenac CFDC, the Counties of Hastings, Prince Edward and Lennox and Addington and the Community Futures of North and Central Hastings and South Algonquin.

For more information contact

Trevor Crowe, Prince Edward County 613.476.2148 ext: 2504  TCrowe@pecounty.on.ca

Stephen Paul, County of Lennox and Addington 613-354-4883 ext 3234 or spaul@lennox-addington.on.ca

Andrew Redden, County of Hastings 613.966.6712 ext. 4011 reddena@hastingscounty.com

Anne Prichard, Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation 613-372-1414 Ext. 204 or anne@frontenaccfdc.com


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For more information contact

Anne Prichard

Executive Director

Frontenac CFDC

613-372-1414 Ext 204


The Township of Stirling-Rawdon is selling their former Public Works Building.  The site was also once home to the Township’s police services and administration office.

Investment opportunity in Stirling

Investment opportunity in Stirling










Stirling Building second photo










Perhaps this could be a location for a brewer or some other artisan food and beverage business.

Contact the sales representative for more information and view details on the property here.

Ontario’s artisan Food and Beverage (FAB) Region is a unique economic development partnership between the counties of Hastings, Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington, and the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation.

It is a Great Place to Live and Work

The FAB Region is comprised of four counties, and is located between Toronto and Ottawa. With access to rich farm land, strong economies, as well as picturesque waterfront, the FAB Region possesses a unique landscape.


Amazing Food from Local Producers

The FAB Region is a hub for local food producers and consumers, whether you’re an individual, family, or business.

Grow and Use Their Own Hops

Many FAB breweries grow and harvest their own hops, but there are also many hop growers located within the region as well!

MacKinnon BRothers

Support Other Craft Breweries

The FAB Region has become a hub of craft breweries, and we love when they take the time to promote and support one another!
County Canteen

They Get Involved with Local Events

The craft breweries in the FAB Region are well known for supporting local events, as well as hosting fabulous events. These breweries really love the communities in which they reside!

Many New Breweries Opening

The growth of craft breweries in the FAB Region continues to grow and expand! It is exciting to learn of entrepreneurs who have made the decision to open a brewery in this wonderful region. Thinking of starting a brewery? Click here.







FAB Region - Blog Post - Oct 14

Limsetone Organic Creamery smallA unique business has earned the title “Entrepreneur of the Year”, an award given out annually by the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations (OACFDC).

Kathie, Francis, Patrick and Olivia Groenewegen are the owners of Limestone Organic Creamery in Elginburg, Ontario, which has become a leader in on-farm retail operation and home delivery service. The owners have successfully created a traditional and professional look to their marketing and packaging that captures the essence of their products – this includes everything from the reusable glass bottle to the porch box to the home delivery vehicle. Their retail store also conveys that same image and they are known for their excellent and friendly service. Entrepreneur of the Year – Limestone Organic Creamery


Frontenac CFDC

Andrew Redden, County of Hastings; Jan Dines, Chair of Frontenac CFDC; Anne Prichard, Frontenac CFDC


Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region Ontario’s Food and Beverage (FAB) Region has received a prestigious Community Economic Development Award out of many nominations from across the province at the Annual Conference of the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations. CED Media Release EN.


If you’re an aspiring brewmaster and working towards opening your own craft brewery, microbrewery, or nanobrewery, you’ll want to check out the iCraftBrew PDF.

The iCraftBrew is a free PDF handbook designed to help you open a craft brewery in the FAB Region (i.e. Hastings County, Lennox & Addington County, Prince Edward County, Frontenac CFDC).

Here are the main topics found within the iCraftBrew PDF:

Preparing For Your Brewery

Before delving into any business venture, it is important to determine the potential market size. In the case of craft beer, the Ontario Craft Brewer’s market share for premium priced brands has more than tripled since 2002, growing from less than 1% to over 3% of the beer volume sold in Ontario and continues to be the fastest growing segment within the LCBO’s beer category. In addition, Ontario is now home to more than 100 craft breweries!

Once you have a grasp on the market, you will begin to develop your idea further. In this phase you will begin to ask many, many, many questions, like:

  • What are my objectives for entering the craft brewing industry?
  • Where do I want my brewery to be located? (In the FAB Region, of course!)
  • How much will it cost to launch my craft brewery?

Finally, you will develop a business plan. A business plan is important as it increases your chances of success by forcing you to consider every aspect of your business. The plan also serves as an on-going benchmark, allowing you to gauge success and plan for growth. The business plan is what investors, including banks, want to see in order to determine whether you and your business are good risks.

Setting-Up Your Brewery

Financing is a big question for many entrepreneurs. Download the app to review available financing –> Apple or Android.

Do you know all the regulations, licences, and permits required to properly operate a craft brewery? The FAB Region can assist you with determining and obtaining the applicable permits and licences in order to legally operate your craft brewery.

Will you rent or purchase the property for your craft brewery? Regardless, there are a number of considerations, including water supply, electrical wiring, square footage, ceiling height, and ventilation. Once you’ve found the perfect location, you will need to source the brewing equipment and supplies you need to brew your beer! The iCraftBrew PDF has a great list of equipment to get started.

Selling Your Craft Beer

It’s entirely possible to effectively market your craft brewery business without spending a fortune on traditional advertising. The iCraftBrew app will provide you with tips and information about marketing your new brewery, including branding, networking, and developing websites.

If you need further assistance, or would like to speak to someone in a specific region, please contact us!

iCraft Brew Blog

Frontenc CFDC: Anne Prichard, frontenac@fabregion.ca

Hastings County: Andrew Redden, hastings@fabregion.ca

Lennox & Addington County: Stephen Paul, landafabregion.ca

Prince Edward County: Neil Carbone, cdd@pecounty.on.ca

A marriage made in heaven.

Combining single origin chocolate sourced from the highest quality cocoa beans available and single malt whisky from selected distilleries will be the biggest taste explosion one can have. This combination opens a floodgate of flavours!

The Oban 14 combined with the Cru Sauvage will do this justice. It is recommended to follow a certain procedure to get the best sensuous delight possible.

First, break off a small piece of chocolate. By doing so, you will hear a “snap,” a breaking of the chocolate. The snap becomes more distinctive with the increase of the cacao content in the chocolate. The sound also reveals the fine-ness and structure of the chocolate. Then rub a piece of chocolate between the thumb and index finger. The chocolate will melt and release aroma components. Put the chocolate in your mouth and let it melt on your tongue. Close your eyes and take in the diversity of the aromas. Now take a small sip of whisky and let the flavours combine in your mouth. It will give you a sensation that everyone would describe differently. I let the individual decide whatever description comes to their mind. (Just ensure there are no children around when you express yourself!)

The Oban 14 originates from one of the smaller distilleries in the Scottish Highlands. This beautiful scotch presents a magnificent balance between malt and peat. Flavours of pears, sea salt, heather, toasted barley, and a touch of earthy peat smoke make this one a favorite, from novices to experts alike.

The Cru Sauvage Chocolate is made with 68% cocoa mass from wild cocoa beans that come from the Amazon region of Beni, Bolivia. The substantial and harmonious cocoa flavors of the Cru Sauvage are well complemented with the freshness of the lemon and the fruitiness of the grapefruit. The traditional gentle processing method (60 hours conching) unfolds the intense dried prune bouquet and vanilla in its most exquisite way. The exceptionally pleasant fruit acidity and the long-lasting ending make the Cru Sauvage with its cocoa content of 68% a unique culinary experience.

Another perfect match would be the Grand Cru Arriba 72% – 72h chocolate with the TE BHEAG (Chey Vek) Scotch Whisky.

The Arriba 72% – 72h Grand Cru couverture is made of “Nacional” noble cacao Arriba from the region Esmeraldas, Ecuador

The cacao flavour is enhanced through the intensive coffee and liquorice notes making Arriba an unforgettable experience for the senses. The traditional, gentle processing method (72 hours conching) develops a powerful prune bouquet, which finishes with a light, almost flowery black currant note.

Té Bheag (pronounced chey vek) is unchilfiltered to preserve and accentuate the flavours. Owners Pràban na Linne are said to be the pioneers of this increasingly common practice. Té Bheag’s blend is derived from 8-11 year old malts from Islay, Highland and Speyside. It has the richness of toffee and the peaty character goes along well with its aromas of hay, honey and warm pear.

If you have questions about pairings with chocolate please contact Ludwig at ludwig@finechocolate.ca or http://finechocolate.ca/home. He will be attending the Perth Autumn Studio Tour on the Thanksgiving weekend and will be located at #3. Click to view map.

Chocolate and Single Malt Whisky

East Central Ontario, between Toronto and Kingston, is home to several unique and interesting craft breweries. Here are why craft breweries in East Central Ontario are FABulous.

1. They Throw Festivals

To celebrate their first anniversary, the MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. decided to organize “Back-to-the-Farm,” a day of craft beer, local music and food, and fun with friends. The event touted its own Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as the hashtag, #BackToTheFarm.

What a day! Thanks to all of our volunteers, bands, workers, and friends! #cheers #backtothefarm #macbrosbrewco Photo credit: Jurriaan Vandenberg

A photo posted by MacKinnon Brothers Brewing (@mackinnonbrewing) on


2. They Support Local Organizations

The folks at Barley Days Brewery are never too busy to support a local organization, like the Children’s Mental Health Fundraiser held in Prince Edward County earlier this summer.

Thank you to #BarleyDaysBrewery for supporting Children’s Mental Health Fundraiser #princeedwardcounty A photo posted by Hurley Law LLP (@hurleylawllp) on


3. They Always Have a Bottle Opener

The fine folks at Church-Key Brewing always have a spare bottle opener… or two.


4. Offering Awesome Beverage Flights

Can’t choose just one? The County Canteen offers flights of beer, also known as the Canteen Beer Flight. Cheers!


Enjoying a flight at @thecountycanteen! #PrinceEdwardCounty #beer


A photo posted by J.J. Sommer (@jj.sommer) on

5. They Have Sweet Swag

The breweries in East Central Ontario, like County Road Beer, have created some awesome swag that you’ll want to have! You can even shop online!

Have you visited a FAB brewery and would like to add something to the list? Let us know!











A heartfelt congratulations to the MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company on their business’ first anniversary. Launched in 2014, the MacKinnon Bros. is a farm-based brewery located in Bath, Ontario. Brewmaster Daniel MacKinnon and partner Ivan MacKinnon have worked tirelessly renovating barns, planting hops, and malting barley to develop a craft beer to call their own.

To celebrate the brewery’s anniversary, the MacKinnon Brothers have organized “Back to the Farm,” a beer and music festival on Sunday August 23 from 3:00pm-10:00pm at 1915 County Road 22 in Bath, Ontario. The MacKinnon Brothers will be showcasing the brewery, local talent, and local food.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Everyone is welcome, and kids under 12 are free!

For more information, visit the MacKinnon Brother’s website.

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