Welcome To Our New Digs

Collective Arts Hamilton, Ontario Brewery Opening in 2015

Those rumours you may have heard are true: Collective Arts Brewing have partnered with Nickel Brook Brewing Co. to build a new brewing facility, Arts & Science Ltd., in the space once occupied by Lakeport Brewing – in the middle of Hamilton’s evolving west harbour. Collective Arts has long recognized that the neighbourhood has been rapidly developing, and we are thrilled that Arts & Science will offer a new destination for culinary tourism in Hamilton. The vision for Arts & Science Brewing is to bring quality craft brewing to the growing innovative city. Since we also see Hamilton as a cultural hub, this brewing facility is also aligned with our mandate of supporting artists. We are incredibly thrilled that Arts & Science will help attract creative individuals and other businesses to the city once it’s operational.

The collaborative Arts & Science Brewery will brew both Collective Arts Brewing and Nickel Brook Brewing beers and is equally owned by the two companies. Derived from the “ARTS” in Collective Arts and the “SCIENCE” from Nickel Brook Brewing’s mantra “A Miracle of Science,” the name highlights that both art and science are critical in brewing outstanding, quality craft beer.

The historic building at 201 Burlington St. E. in Hamilton (old Lakeport stomping grounds) was actually purpose-built by brewer Andrew Peller in 1947; the last bottle of beer was shipped from the facility in 2010 by Lakeport. After three empty years, the building will go back to its roots as a brewery. We want to thank Hamilton Port Authority for their progressive attitude – key in solidifying the new chapter of this Hamilton landmark and in the latest redevelopment of the west harbour. Brewing equipment for Arts & Science Brewing Ltd. was purchased by Collective Arts and Nickel Brook from Sleeman’s now defunct Dartmouth, Nova Scotia brewery earlier this winter and has begun to arrive in Hamilton.

So what will the space look like once it’s done? All 50,000 square feet will be utilized: Brewing operations will occupy 40,000 square feet of the building and the remaining 10,000 square feet is slated for hospitality and retail. The hospitality area will also include a gallery and live music space, staying true to our dedication to ART + BREWING. We’re committed to creating a destination for craft beer lovers, artists and musicians at Arts & Science.

“We are proud that through ‘Arts & Science Brewing,’ we will not only give great beer back to the city, but also offer a new artistic hub,” says Matt Johnston, co-founder of Collective Arts Brewing. “We recognize the current cultural renaissance happening in the city – much of it concentrated in the James Street North area – and we are confident Hamiltonians will embrace our commitment to excellence and creativity in our beer making and in our support of the arts.”

One thing’s for sure: as a grassroots craft beer company, we are so proud to be a part of Hamilton’s exciting rise with Arts & Science and are ready for the ride.

Cheers!

20 Responses to “Welcome To Our New Digs”

  1. Congrats on the new digs!

    Keep us posted on any art related events or shows up for grabs!

    Thank you and Cheers,

    Tyler

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  2. As a local business in the area I would like to say Welcome to the neighborhood!

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  3. Congratulations, I read that there would be some jobs associated with this new venture, when do you expect them to become viable. I am looking for work.

    thanks in advance for your reply 🙂 have a wonderful day

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    • Thanks for the kind words, Brenda! Arts & Science Brewing isn’t slated to be finished until at least February 2015 but if you’d like to pass along your resume we will most certainly keep it on file until we begin our employee outreach. You can email it to Jeff Tkatchuk – jeff@collectiveartsbrewing.com.

      Cheers!
      Collective Arts

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  4. It’s great to hear the old Lakeport building is being utilized again, it’s a shame what Labatt’s did but it’s great to see you guys bringing back brewing to Hamilton. I worked at Lakeport in the late 90’s, it was a great experience. Is there hiring going on or will there be in the near future? Where can someone apply?

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    • Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your note and interest in Collective Arts, and our brewery in partnership with Nickel Brook, Arts & Science Brewing! The brewery isn’t slated to be finished until at least February 2015 but if you’d like to pass along your resume we will most certainly keep it on file until we begin our employee outreach. You can email it to Jeff Tkatchuk – jeff@collectiveartsbrewing.com.

      Cheers!
      Collective Arts

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  5. I’m standing in front of the brewery and just spoke to the fellows working to get it ready for you. I am excited to talk to you all about becoming a sponsor of the best music podcast around. Chock full of homegrown talent and passion – a natural fit!

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  6. This is a truly momentous development. Kudos to the CAB team with your continued forward thinking and smart business moves. Keeps getting better and better.
    Cheers,
    Stan

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  7. Good to see brewing come back to the hammer, any opportunities? Been working in supply chain for over a decade and would like to work locally. Didn’t see a link to follow.

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    • Hi Kellam,

      Thanks for your note and interest in Collective Arts, and our brewery in partnership with Nickel Brook, Arts & Science Brewing! The brewery isn’t slated to be finished until at least February 2015 but if you’d like to pass along your resume we will most certainly keep it on file until we begin our employee outreach. You can email it to Jeff Tkatchuk – jeff@collectiveartsbrewing.com.

      Cheers!
      Collective Arts

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  8. This sounds great! Want a female home brewer with a nearly unhealthy obsession with making just about anything into fermented beverages? I have my recipe book going back nearly 10 years.

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  9. Hi – I am a Hamilton resident, having lived here all of my life. I love craft beer and would like to be part of your new endeavour. I am currently seeking a position in office administration and am wondering if you are going to be hiring for your office.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,
    Nancy Clarke

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    • Hi Nancy. Thanks for your note and interest in Collective Arts! We are not yet hiring, but keep checking back here and on our Facebook and Twitter for opportunities. Cheers! CAB

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  10. Is that Andrew Peller of Andres Wines fame?

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  11. Hey guys and gals!

    Just out of curiosity, do you happen to have a tentative opening date for the brewery? The reason I’m asking is because I’m part of McMaster University’s Arts and Science program and a few of the upper year students wanted to get together to check out the new brewery once school starts up again. We thought it would be pretty cool to try Arts and Science beer as Arts and Science students 😉 Novelty factor aside, many of my friends can’t wait to pay a visit to the brewery. We all enjoy a existing Collective Arts and Nickel Brook products, so we have high hopes for what’s to come. We really look forward to seeing what this new partnership brings!

    Best regards,

    Stephen 🙂

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    • Hi Stephen! The tentative opening for our brewery is end of July. Keep checking back for the latest news. Cheers!

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  12. Do you have a contact office phone ?

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