New Lim­burg brew­ery gets OK for ex­pan­sion

The Delhi News-Record - - NEWS - JA­COB ROBIN­SON jrobin­son@post­media.com

A pop­u­lar Nor­folk brew­ery is adding a few new in­gre­di­ents to its op­er­a­tion.

Nor­folk County coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously ap­proved a zon­ing amend­ment Tues­day last week per­mit­ting Nixon’s New Lim­burg Brew­ery to ex­pand its op­er­a­tion.

The de­ci­sion al­lows for a res­tau­rant to be uti­lized at the fa­cil­ity, and the ad­di­tion of a rear pa­tio on the grounds. It also per­mits the land to be used for special events in­clud­ing con­certs.

“I was very happy about it, it gives us also a lit­tle recog­ni­tion that Nor­folk County as coun­cil­lors and mayor are happy to have us here,” said New Lim­burg co­founder Jo Geven. “(They’ve done) ev­ery­thing to get it done and in that sense, we are very happy that they’ve helped us to es­tab­lish and grow within Nor­folk.”

Now oper­at­ing in its sec­ond year at the old Nixon Pub­lic School, New Lim­burg held a first-an­niver­sary party last fall, which got staff think­ing about an ad­di­tion.

They’ll add an­other room to the build­ing which al­lows them to host both pri­vate func­tions while the res­tau­rant wel­comes the pub­lic. A tast­ing room cur­rently ex­ists at the brew­ery, it of­fers small snacks along with its var­i­ous styles of beer.

New Lim­burg will be per­mit­ted to host five special events per year from May through October.

Orig­i­nally the GVN group rep­re­sent­ing the brew­ery ap­plied to in­clude camp­ing on the grounds but re­scinded that re­quest when a neigh­bour filed a for­mal com­plaint.

“Peo­ple are still (ask­ing) ‘when do you have the next event?’ ... we have the space but we have to do it in the right way,” Geven said. “With the event field, peo­ple like it so we’ll try as fast as we can to get this go­ing.”

Geven said he hopes the new pa­tio will be op­er­a­tional by Septem­ber 2018 and that food for the res­tau­rant will be specif­i­cally cho­sen.

“The food will be some­thing that pairs with our beer,” he added.

In a speech to coun­cil, Geven said that it’s not sim­ply Nor­folk County res­i­dents that are at­tend­ing New Lim­burg. It’s not un­com­mon for folks to visit from places like Lon­don, Kitch­ener, and Hamil­ton among oth­ers.

De­spite the plans to ex­pand, Geven said he and his team won’t stray from their main pas­sion.

“We are fo­cused on the brew­ing part – first we are brew­ing,” he said.

“More and more peo­ple are com­ing, many from far away. There­fore we said ‘we have to grow’ be­cause peo­ple like it and we see this as an add-on to our busi­ness and we want to keep the op­por­tu­ni­ties open. I al­ways wanted to have a bar with a res­tau­rant – we started as a brew­ery but I love this part also.”

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