Set in the heart of The Gaslight District, Foundry Brewing calls the former factory grounds of the historic Goldie McCulloch site home.
The brewery is re-embracing the methodology and mind-set of years gone-by when hard work and heart were poured into everything you do. Foundry is passionate about offering innovative craft brewing concepts while simultaneously paying homage to the authenticity of our historic roots. Breathing new life and energy into the former factory-grounds, Foundry Brewing will offer expertly crafted beers that are artfully brewed using a combination of local ingredients, new flavour trends, complex character, and tried and true technique.
Brewmaster Geoff Wiseman’s career began in 2008 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Guelph.
From learning the ropes in R&D at Labatt’s, to discovering how large breweries consistently produce high quality beers at Oland’s in Halifax, to mastering recipe design and heading facilities at Mill Street and Grand River Brewing, Geoff’s own diverse history and varied resume has provided him with a complete understanding of the craft on both large and smaller scales.
We sat down with Geoff to uncover more about this award winning brewer and master-crafter’s style as he begins to lead a new dimension in flavour and excellence at Foundry Brewing Inc.
Describe your first brew?
“The first time I brewed was for Project Potato at the University of Guelph. It was when I went to check on my beer on the second day and I saw high krausen for the first time and I knew I was hooked. My first commercial beer that I brewed was Labatt’s Blue while I was working my first brewing job at the John Labatt Innovation Centre.”
Favourite beer style?
“Lagers and IPA’s. I like lagers for the technical difficulties in brewing them great every time. I like IPA’s for the amazing different flavour profiles that you can get out of them just by changing the hops.”
favourite beer you have brewed? “To date it’s West Coast IPA from Mill Street. I think that the crazy amount of hops that went into that brew and the flavour profile fit with the style perfectly.”
Draught, bottle or cans?
“Draught is the best way to consume beer. The great advantage of it is that normally it is fresh and it is designed to be consumed with good friends”
What’s in store for Foundry Brewing?
“Awesome things. Our taproom will feature four main line brews plus seasonal batches and limited editions. Our main line staples are anything but mainstream and deliver on taste, aroma and uniqueness.”
“AFTER MOVING TO KW WITH MY WIFE IN 2016 I GOT A JOB AT A LOCAL BREWERY, WHILE I WAS THERE I MET THE GUYS FROM HIP DEVELOPMENTS… AND THE REST IS HISTORY”