About Old Flame
The historical building housing Old Flame Brewing Co. at our flagship location in Port Perry was originally built in 1874, beginning as the Ontario Carriage Works. It was here where horse-drawn carriages were manufactured locally in the late 19th century. The building also served as a wood shop and blacksmith’s forge during this time. Beginning in the early 1900s, the building changed hands and uses several times. It became home to a Massey-Harris dealership, a shoe factory, a lumber yard, a farm equipment supplier, and a textile factory, before converting to its most recent use as Port Perry’s LCBO, in 1976.
Old Flame moved in September 2013 and became dedicated to telling and preserving the building’s rich history. Renovations took 11 months to bring the building back to its original grandeur, and the doors to the brewery finally opened.
Before settling in our home of Port Perry, our Founder originally sought The Old Fire Hall in Newmarket to house the brewery, before learning it was unfit for occupancy. Port Perry was a town near and dear to his heart, thus pursued the opportunity to open a brewery in the small town. Seven years later, The Old Fire Hall in Newmarket became available for occupancy again. In a twist of fate, Old Flame opened the doors to their second location in December 2020, bringing the story full circle.
Our flagship location and beloved hometown. If you’ve never been to our Port Perry location, we encourage you to join us and see the magic. The historical building housing Old Flame Brewing Co. was originally built in 1874, and began as the Ontario Carriage Works. Our building has a rich history with our town, and we work to preserve and pass on its stories. Whether you join us for a couple flights and live music, a tour to hear the history and process of Old Flame, or to simply pick up a few cans to go, we promise you’ll have an experience worth remembering.
Now "softly open" for retail to go! Our "Ale House" sits at the top of the hill in downtown Newmarket, overlooking the bustling streets and local community. Lovingly and locally known as The Old Fire Hall, we are committed to preserving the history of this building just as we have done in our flagship location. Our Newmarket space features an operating brewhouse, taproom, remote working area for local residents and community event space. We are looking forward to welcoming new faces and familiar fans in our newest location!
The Tasting Room
Pending COVID-19, we would love for you to join us for a tasting or to fill up your growlers with an award-winning craft beer. Every visit to our brewery is a captivating experience and are we confident you will find an Old Flame craft beer that is truly worth remembering.
Take A TOUR
Currently our tours are on hiatus due to restrictions with COVID-19 ! We can’t wait to host you in the near future and share the stories of our incredible history, people and process. Stay tuned for a modified version of our tours!
Uncovering the Past
During the painstaking revitalization of our flagship location to restore the building to its grand former self, its original post and beam structure was uncovered, along with century-old brick and burnt timber from a historical blaze. Repurposed industrial equipment, salvaged local ‘pickings’ and signs of yesteryear furnish our tasting room, giving our brewery a warm character that is worth remembering.
Almost all the picturesque decor in both of our tasting rooms have a story. They has become a museum of local antiques, keeping the rich history of our town alive. This carefully curated atmosphere is paralleled only by the quality and taste of our traditional handcrafted lagers and specialty beers. Here at Old Flame we believe in drinking to remember instead of drinking to forget.