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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.


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