MERIT BREW­ING READY FOR BUSINESS

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

Tej Sandhu gives a tour Fri­day of Merit Brew­ing, 107 James St. N., which he is open­ing with part­ners Aaron Spin­ney and Jesse Vallins. The brew­ery will of­fi­cially open its doors May 11 at 5 p.m. Sandhu and Spin­ney met when Sandhu was study­ing business at McMaster Univer­sity and Spin­ney was at Mo­hawk Col­lege. Vallins is the ex­ec­u­tive chef at Maple Leaf Tavern in Toronto. The brew­ery will start with sig­na­ture brews Young Ri­val and Chanan and it ex­pects to brew 75 to 100 va­ri­eties of beer through the year. The brew­ery can pro­duce 1,900 litres in a batch and up to three batches a week. Along with beer, they will serve gourmet snacks such as but­ter chicken sausage with mango chut­ney, and lime black pep­per yo­gurt and chilli fen­nel sausage with to­mato jam, aioli and fresh oregano. Merit Brew­ing will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon­day to Wed­nes­day, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thurs­day to Satur­day and Sun­day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The food will be made on site, in­clud­ing pick­led veg­eta­bles. The brew­ery will have a re­tail space sell­ing beer, hats and T-shirts from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Even­tu­ally they plan to sell the sausages and pick­les in the re­tail space, too.

PHOTOS BY JOHN REN­NI­SON, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Aaron Spin­ney keeps things flow­ing in the brew­ing area.

But­ter chicken sausage with mango chut­ney and lime black pep­per yo­gurt.

La­bels for Merit’s sig­na­ture beers, Chanan, left, and Young Ri­val along­side a generic ver­sion. The art­work for the la­bels and graphic brand­ing for the brew­ery were done by lo­cal artist Jamie Law­son.

Chili fen­nel sausage with to­mato jam, aioli and fresh oregano with pick­led veg­eta­bles.

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