Stonehooker Brewing Company has launched and has begun her journey into the exciting and growing craft beer world. June 22nd marked the Grand Opening and over 500 people turned out to enjoy live music, delicious food, a beer list of 11 unique styles and beautiful weather.

The crowd was singing along to the high-energy Celtic sea shanties of Eclectic Revival. These guys know how to get a group going with regular “sociables” and familiar tunes. Local dignitaries were there to wish the Captain of the ship, Ross Noel and his crew well on their new venture. Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko, MPP Rudy Cuzzetto and MP Sven Spengemann were all there to wish them well. Barry Gilbert of the Six Nations performed the Smudging Ceremony as an act of cleansing and purifying the space. The evening was capped off with a performance by Mike and the Hookermen, along with special guests and walk-up performances from some very special people.

Stonehooking was a trade unique to the north shore of Lake Ontario and was done from the early 1800’s to the early 1900’s between Burlington and Cobourg. Port Credit was a major hub with as many as 30 schooners docked in the harbour at the peak. The crew of the ship would quarry Dundas shale from the lake, 30 tonnes at a time, and sail it into Toronto where it would be used to build homes, roads and sidewalks. To find out more about the brewery and their beers, visit Stonehooker.com.

By: Adam Cherry