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On February 22, 2014, Left Field Brewery held an Open House at the home of their new brewery located at 36 Wagstaff Drive. The event ran from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and the event organizers encouraged attendees to walk or take the TTC. Wagstaff Drive is located just south of the TTC subway barns on Greenwood Avenue. For me it was a short 20-minute walk from home. (click on any photo to see a larger version)

36 Wagstaff Drive

36 Wagstaff Drive

I arrived shortly after they opened and was surprised at the number of people that were already there.Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_11_2014-02-22_14-24-17_DSC_1303Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_8_2014-02-22_14-23-50_DSC_1300

Beer tokens were being sold for $5 each and food was also available from Big House Pizza.Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_45_2014-02-22_15-21-06_DSC_1337

There were three beers available so I bought three tokens in order to try them all.

Currently the brewery is just an empty warehouse. There is no beer-making equipment such as tanks or a bottling line. The owners, Mark and Mandie, have about a year ahead of them to get their space transformed into a working brewery.

Mark & Mandie

Mark & Mandie

I started with a pale ale called Maris which was served to me by a friendly chap named Austin.

Austin

Austin

I’m not a beer expert by any means, so I won’t try to describe the tastes and nuances of the beers except to say that they were fresh and very flavourful without any bitter aftertaste.

Also available for sale was a variety of merchandise. Here are Jen and Courtney.

Jen & Courtney

Jen & Courtney

Mark got behind the bar to help serve his products.Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_26_2014-02-22_14-39-34_DSC_1318Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_34_2014-02-22_14-44-01_DSC_1326

The crowd was predominently in the 25–35 age range, and I was probably the oldest guy at this event. What did puzzle me were the number of people who brought their children to this event. Everything from babies in arms, toddlers in strollers, and some as old as 8 or 10. This was a beer open house and as such, there was not much for children to do at this event. I’m sure the organizers weren’t expecting people to bring their children, since they had shelled peanuts available and everyone knows how militant parents get about peanuts in schools.Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_52_2014-02-22_15-22-03_DSC_1344Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_38_2014-02-22_15-08-08_DSC_1330

The other beers being served were Eephus, an oatmeal brown ale, and Resin Bag, an American IPA.Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_62_2014-02-22_16-04-39_DSC_1361

There was a brainstorming room where you could leave your ideas and suggestions for the brewery.Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_50_2014-02-22_15-21-47_DSC_1342

After an hour the room was jam-packed.Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_41_2014-02-22_15-19-41_DSC_1333Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_55_2014-02-22_15-22-36_DSC_1347

It’s a wonderful thing to see two young entrepreneurs making their dream come true. I welcome Mark and Mandie to the neighbourhood and wish them the very best for this venture.Feb_22_LeftFieldBrewery_57_2014-02-22_16-04-24_DSC_1356

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