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New Leamington craft brewery to add to Windsor-Essex barrel trail

Wednesday, March 27, 2019


Published Wednesday, March 27, 2019

By late summer Leamington should have its first craft brewery and join more than a dozen breweries in Windsor-Essex.

Scott and Lisa Bradt, who run Bradt’s Butcher Block, are buying a nearby 108-year-old building for their Cured Craft Brewing Company.

“We own our craft butcher shop across the street and we are passionate about revitalizing the uptown of Leamington,” Lisa Bradt, who is also the chairwoman of the Leamington BIA, said Tuesday. “Since we are passionate about craft foods, why not craft beverages as well?”

The growing craft brew industry in the area is certainly gaining some strength and momentum and the more the merrier
Leamington put out a request for proposals in 2016 for the Mill Street building that is on its heritage list and originally was built in 1911 as an office and separate four-car garage for William T. Gregory.

Gregory came to Leamington around 1900 from North Carolina and introduced flue-cure tobacco to Canadian farmers which revolutionized the tobacco industry here. The town which had been dubbed the Tomato Capital of Canada once had both tomatoes and tobacco as big crops.