BOWMANVILLE — Smylie Brothers Brewing Company has received city council approval to build a seasonal beer garden at its Bowmanville manufacturing plant, which it hopes to open later this year.

Brothers Smiley Since 2017, the company has been producing beer at its manufacturing facility at 5435 N. Wolcott Ave, according to owner Mike Smiley. to service their two breweries. In addition to brewing, the Wolcott restaurant sells takeaway beer on weekdays.

“Ever since we opened there, we have been trying to figure out how to make a patio there. Five years have flown by in a hurry, and we have actually just extended the lease for another five years,” Smiley said.

The brewery achieved the necessary rezoning to build a beer garden after gets support for his plan from Old. Andre Vasquez (40th) and city plan commission this month.

According to the proposal, the beer garden will be built on the open yard of the property to the east and south of the existing brewery.

According to the proposal, the inside of the brewery will be renovated, but no changes will be made to the outside of the building.

Planned landscaping includes the addition of decorative rubble walkways, sun visors, and picnic tables with umbrellas. The existing car park will be redesigned to allow food trucks to park next to the beer garden, Smiley said.

“And we’ll have room for lawn games like bags,” Smiley said. “It will be a pretty cool place for outdoor meetings. You can come, get a beer, have a bite, and the kids can run around.”

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Rendering of the proposed brewery Smylie Brothers at 5435 N. Wolcott Ave.

The area immediately around the Wolcott plant is mostly industrial, but is within walking distance of residential streets and other breweries in Bowmanville, including Half Acre and Spiteful Brewing.

Vasquez said he supported the Smylie Brothers proposal because it would add a community gathering space along a sleepy neighborhood made up mostly of light manufacturing.

In addition to the rezoning, the brewery must obtain final approvals and city permits to build and serve beer on the Wolcott site, Smiley said.

“I definitely want to open by next spring. But if we can open it any time before the weather changes this year, that would be great,” Smiley said. “But if we can get final clearance for everything this year, we can just open up with the bare bones set in there before the winter. Then put everything back together in the spring to really tidy up the place.”

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Michael Smylie, owner of the Smylie Brothers Brewing Company.

Smiley became interested in craft beer while studying at Colorado State University in the 1990s. According to him, after graduation, he began to brew his own beer at home.

According to him, Smiley has four brothers, and he chose the name of the brewery after he offered them the idea of ​​starting their own business.

The brothers opened their first brewery pub in downtown Evanston in 2014 and a second in Lakeview last year.

Smiley said he plans to introduce beers from two other brewpubs at the Wolcott beer garden, along with a rotating roster of seasonal beers.

“It will be a changing lineup, but you will always see our mainstays like Helles Lager and Wolcott IPA,” Smiley said. “But we have the ability to get a product from any pub. We will also be doing special tie-ins as we have our wellbore program in this area.”

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