Wellington County Brewery Inc.

950 Woodlawn Road West
Guelph, Ontario
N1K 1B8

Toll Free: (800) 576-DUKE
Phone: (519) 837-2337
Fax: (519) 837-3142

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Member's Story

Founded in 1985, Wellington Brewery was part of the first wave of Ontario microbreweries that began after changes to Ontario law allowed small brewers to operate in the province. Phil Gosling, the founder of Wellington Brewery, envisioned a brewery that would only produce English style Real Ales (also known as Cask Conditioned Ales). These cask-conditioned ales are unfiltered, naturally carbonated and served at cellar temperature. Wellington Brewery was one of the first modern brewers in North America to produce traditional cask-conditioned ales which have become increasingly popular in the last decade.

Wellington's original recipes aimed to match the world renowned flavour and character of traditional English style ales. To ensure that the beer matched the style, the original brew house and most equipment was shipped from England to Guelph, Ontario.

The year 2000 brought big changes at Wellington Brewery, when long-time employees Doug Dawkins and Michael Stirrup took over. With nearly 25 years combined experience at the brewery; they brought passion and an intimate knowledge of both Wellington's products and the craft brewing industry.  

In 2010, Wellington celebrated its 25th anniversary, a significant milestone for an independently owned craft brewer. The 25th anniversary marked the start of the Welly One-Off series, a year-round series of small batch specialty beers brewed in small batches. The One-Off series is a way for Wellington's brewers to have fun and experiment with new and exciting recipes.