Welcome to the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company. It all started more than 25 years ago with two friend’s dream to one day open up a brewery. The dream began to come to life three years ago at Shawn’s cottage. With the two of us sitting by the lake, beers in hand, we looked at each other and asked “Is it time?” We knew it was.
Authenticity was key, which meant no short cuts and taking our time to find the perfect location to brew the best possible beer. When the old Dundas Curling and Skating Rink went up for sale a couple of years ago, we knew we had found the perfect location. What Canadian wouldn’t want to put a brewery inside an old curling and skating rink?
This building has a tremendous amount of character and history and our mission was to restore as much of it as possible. We wanted the Shawn & Ed Brewing Company to bring the building’s rich history back to life.
So, we ran a Kickstarter campaign in June 2015 to help raise money to restore key historical elements of the building. We rebuilt the wall that was destroyed when a dump truck crashed into it after having lost its brakes on Sydenham Hill (read more about this story on the Bricks page). We brought back the signs that once hung here when the building was home to the Highway King Bus Line.
Although we take pride in the restoration of the historic landmark, what really drives us is great tasting beer. To that end, we strive to produce the best possible beer using natural ingredients, and brewing with great care and craftsmanship. For us, opening a craft brewery has been an adventure and each new beer we produce is a new adventure. The beers brewed here are for people who embrace the idea that adventure is good, that it builds character, makes dreams come true, and brings life to its fullest.
President and Co-Founder
Ed started his career in beverage/alcohol working as Director of Marketing for Inniskillin wines at VinCor (now Constellation Brands). In 1999 Ed and his father, Ed Sr., purchased land in Jordan, ON and began working to open Flat Rock Cellars. By 2005, Flat Rock Cellars opened its doors with a state of the art Gravity fed production facility. Now, with friend and business partner Shawn Till, Ed’s goal of entering into the craft beer industry is finally coming to fruition.
Vice President and Co-Founder
Shawn is an engineer and is the Chief Executive Officer at Primary Integration located in the U.S. He has always been passionate about beer and always dreamed of one day opening a brewery of his own. With friend and business partner Ed Madronich, this dream is becoming a reality.
Rob Creighton has been in the brewing industry for nearly 40 years, the last 25 of which have been in the craft beer industry. As a craft beer pioneer, Rob brings a wealth of diverse experience to the Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.
Director of Sales & Marketing
Jennifer has always been passionate about local craft wine and beer. That’s why she transitioned from the music industry to work at Flat Rock Cellars which happily lead her to working with Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. She completed her WSET Diploma in 2015, and now with her entry into the Ontario Craft Beer industry, the ever curious and ambitious Jennifer is eager to begin her Cicerone certification.
Quality and Process Control Manager
Nicole’s background in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University is what first introduced her to the world of brewing. Her enjoyment of craft beer motivates her to ensure that every customer of Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. receives a high-quality product.
Ted spent many years travelling as the road manager for many Canadian entertainment icons. It was on the tour bus as the unofficial “bus beverage manager,” that he began to hone his appreciation for great beer and wine. He has been thrilled to take his passion for delivering memorable customer experiences closer to home. First, at Flat Rock Cellars for four vintages, and now here at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co.
Jenna began her career in beer at Steam Whistle Brewing as a tour guide in 2009. It didn’t take long for her to realize that the beer industry was where she wanted to carve her path. Over the last nine years she’s held a variety of marketing positions at different brewers. Most recently as a Brand Activity Manager at Sleeman Breweries. Jenna is thrilled to be part of the team here at Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. to help build the events department at our brewery.
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