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About Great Lakes Brewery

A fiercely independent owned and operated brewery, Great Lakes is currently celebrating 30 years in the craft beer business, making them one of the oldest craft breweries in Ontario.

Great Lakes specializes in producing flavourful beers that will be sure to awaken your taste buds with each sip. From unique seasonal ales and premium lagers to our Project X and Tank Ten Series beers, we produce a variety of products to be enjoyed by everyone!

Based in Toronto at 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. we invite you to visit our brewery for a taste of our award winning beers.

Great Lakes Brewery Through the Years

1987

      • Opened a malt extract brewery in Brampton. Two beers – Great Lakes Lager and Unicorn Ale.

1990

      • Peter Bulut Sr. purchases the brewery and plans are underway to move production to Etobicoke.

1991

      • Etobicoke brewery opens. All malt brewing commences. One beer is the focus – Great Lakes Lager.

2000

      • Retail store opens to the public. Bottles of Golden Horseshoe Lager and Red Leaf Lager all available in standard 341ml bottle six-packs.

2006

      • Devil’s Pale Ale 666 is created on June 6, 2006 for the Toronto Festival of Beer. Becomes so popular that brewery introduces it in 473ml cans to the LCBO.

2007

      • Winter Ale, Pumpkin Ale and Orange Peel Ale all make appearances at the LCBO and brewery retail store for the first time in 750ml and 650ml painted bottles respectively.
      • Great Lakes is awarded a Golden Tap Editor’s Circle Award for leading the push for seasonal products in the Ontario craft brewing scene.

2009

      • Project X launched at brewery. A monthly event where brand new beers were created on the pilot system and offered to Project X members. Many of the Tank Ten series of beers were first born at these events. Project X events officially ended in 2012, yet beers are still created under the Project X brand for the GLB retail store.

2010

      • Introduces Canuck Pale Ale in time for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 650ml painted bottles at the LCBO. Name later changes to Crazy Canuck.

2011

      • The popular one-off, Canuck Pale Ale, becomes Crazy Canuck Pale Ale and launches in the LCBO full time in 473ml cans. Wins its 2nd consecutive Gold Medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards

2012

      • Celebrated 25th Anniversary with the launch of 5 brand new beers in 750ml bottles. Robust Porter, Vanilla Bean Imperial Espresso Stout, Belgian Saison, Imperial Black IPA and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout.
      • Named Best Brewery for Cask-Conditioned Ale in Ontario at the 10th annual Golden Tap Awards

2013

      • Named the Canadian Brewery of the Year at the 11th annual Canadian Brewing Awards
      • Named Best Brewery for Cask-Conditioned Ale in Ontario at the 11th annual Golden Tap Awards
      • Introduced the Tank Ten series of beers to the Great Lakes family of beers

2014

      • Named the Canadian Brewery of the Year at the 12th annual Canadian Brewing Awards
      • Awarded the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the NA India Pale Ale category at the Canadian Brewing Awards for THRUST! an IPA, Karma Citra IPA, My Bitter Wife IPA
      • Named the Best MicroBrewery in Ontario at the 12th annual Golden Tap Awards
      • Named Best Brewery for Cask-Conditioned Ale in Ontario at the 12th annual Golden Tap Awards

2015

  • Canuck Pale Ale - Gold Medal at Ontario Brewing Awards
  • RoboHop Imperial IPA - Gold Medal at Canadian Brewing Awards
  • THRUST! an IPA - Silver Medal at Canadian Brewing Awards
  • Named the Best Brewery in Ontario at the 13th annual Golden Tap Awards
  • THRUST! an IPA - Best Seasonal/One-Off in Ontario at the 13th annual Golden Tap Awards
  • Open outdoor patio to consumers at brewery

2016

  • Canuck Pale Ale - Best Regularly Produced Beer in Ontario, Golden Tap Awards
  • Karma Citra IPA - Best Seasonal or Specialty Beer in Ontario, Golden Tap Awards
  • Best Brewery in Ontario 2016 - Golden Tap Awards
  • Installed a brand new state of the art bottling line

2017

  • February 12, 2017 marks GLB's 30th anniversary in the craft beer business

1987

Great Lakes Lager

1987

Unicorn Ale

2000

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2009

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2012

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2013

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2014

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2017

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