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Brewing Changes Guelph

September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - February 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibit installation view of Brewing Changes Guelph. The walls are painted red with various panels and cases around the room. A large cornerstone tablet is on display in the foreground.

Label illustration and design: Lind Design

Brewing Changes Guelph examines the social and economic importance of brewing beer in the Royal City and the changes brought about by the rise, fall and resurrection of Guelph breweries. Whether one has worked in the brewing industry or has never tasted beer before, visitors will learn how brewing has benefitted and continues to benefit our city.

The story begins with whiskey, early independent innkeepers and entrepreneurs, includes English immigrant brewers who established a thriving commercial industry, and then suddenly ends in the late 1930s when Guelph was left without a single brewery for nearly fifty years. Key events in the 1970s and 1980s, and the visionary thinking of several men and women, led to the resurrection of brewing in Guelph in 1985.

This exhibition focuses on the impact of changes in production, transportation, marketing, gender and policy in Guelph, positioned within current brewing trends in Ontario, across Canada and around the world. Guest curated by Eric Payseur, Brewing Changes Guelph is as much about the present and future of brewing in Guelph as it is about its illustrious past.

Brewing Changes Guelph custom logo styled as a beer logo. Black text around the edge reads Guelph Civic Museum, Sept 15, 218 - Feb 24, 2019. There is a woman featured in the centre holding up a pint of beer, with a basket of hops infront of her. There is a steam ship behind her. A street map of Guelph in at the bottom of the label.


September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am
February 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Guelph Museums


Civic Museum
52 Norfolk Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8 Canada
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