Brew pub pro­posed for Paris

Mi­cro­brew­ery wants to open new brew pub in his­toric Wincey Mills build­ing in down­town Paris

Sentinel-Review (Woodstock) - - NEWS - SU­SAN GAM­BLE — Brant­ford Ex­pos­i­tor

A plan is be­ing pro­posed to open a brew pub with a tap room and a large out­door pa­tio in the heart of nearby Paris.

Greg Ro­man­ick of Stan­tec Con­sult­ing out­lined for Brant County coun­cil’s plan­ning ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee this week a vi­sion of a des­ti­na­tion for tourists and lo­cal res­i­dents as he re­quested a zon­ing by­law amend­ment to al­low Wincey Mills to ex­pand its foot­print and park­ing lot. “We think this is an ideal use for Wincey Mills and for down­town Paris,” said Ro­man­ick. “Over­all, it will cre­ate a very de­sir­able des­ti­na­tion.”

The Wincey Mills build­ing on Me­chanic Street dates back to late 1880s, when it was used to pro­duce tex­tiles. It was re­vi­tal­ized and opened in May 2016 as an of­fice build­ing, mar­ket, cafe and com­mu­nity gath­er­ing spot.

The plan, by Paris Brew­ing and Malt­ing Co., is to brew on the premises, of­fer a tap room to serve beer on site with prod­uct tast­ing and the op­tion to pur­chase food. Beer also would be avail­able to pur­chase to take home.

Ro­man­ick said that a plan to re­vamp the ex­ist­ing park­ing lot to in­crease park­ing spots likely will have af­fect the cur­rent use of the lot by Grand River Raft­ing, which often launches onto the Nith River from be­hind Wincey Mills, and Bike Night in Paris, a reg­u­lar mo­tor­cy­cle event that draws a crowd.

Ro­man­ick said the plan in­volves about 214 square me­tres (2,300 square feet) of space on the ground floor and an­other 500 square me­tres (5,400 square feet) in the base­ment for prod­uct stor­age and the beer-fer­ment­ing process. As such the plan has to be dis­cussed with the Grand River Con­ser­va­tion Au­thor­ity over con­cerns of river flood­ing.

Greg Edgar, part-owner of Paris Brew­ing, said most of what would be stored in the base­ment - along with the fer­ment­ing tanks - would be flood-proof.

“It’s an at­trac­tive con­cept and fits in with our tourism goals,” said Coun. Steve Howes.

But he ques­tioned whether the “sea-cans,” or steel stor­age con­tain­ers, which are part of the de­sign, would be per­ma­nent.

“It’s in­tended to be an in­dus­trial ar­chi­tec­tural de­vel­op­ment,” said Ro­man­ick. “The qual­ity and con­di­tion of the sea-cans will be im­por­tant. They’re in­tended to be per­ma­nent, so it’s im­por­tant they’re at­trac­tive.”

Edgar said the brew pub, with an en­trance sep­a­rate from Wincey Mills, would be open dur­ing “re­tail­friendly hours” that could in­clude Sun­days. Wincey Mills is not open on Sun­days.

The con­sul­tant added that the smell of beer brew­ing would be mit­i­gated by ad­vanced “closedsys­tem tech­nol­ogy” that do not pro­duce much of an odour.

The pro­posed out­door pa­tio would hold up to 75 peo­ple, 25 more than the cur­rent zon­ing al­lowance.

“Given the down­town lo­ca­tion and the nearby Nith River, we thought it could be a great space,” said Ro­man­ick.

We think this is an ideal use for Wincey Mills and for down­town Paris.” Greg Ro­man­ick of Stan­tec Con­sult­ing

BRIAN THOMP­SON/ POST­MEDIA NET­WORK FILES

The Paris Brew­ing and Malt­ing Co. is in­ter­ested in open­ing a brew pub at the his­toric Wincey Mills build­ing in down­town Paris.

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