The Urbanite: Whistle Blowers – 14 years of Steam Whistle indie brew


The Urbanite – Jon Liedtke – Mar. 26, 2014


While a 14-year-old certainly isn’t of legal drinking age in any jurisdiction in Canada, it’s old enough to produce 88,000 bottles of beer, per day. 

Steam Whistle Brewing celebrated 14 years of brewing on March 22 and The Urbanite helped to ring in the celebration with a private tour of the brewing facility in Toronto. 

Located in the core of downtown Toronto, the brewery is referred to as the Roundhouse. It occupies the former John Street Roundhouse, a National Historic Site which was the previous location of a Canadian Pacific Railway steam locomotive repair facility. 

Steam Whistle, the company’s namesake, doesn’t refer to a train steam. engine, but to the sound of the whistle at the end of the day at which point a cold brew to end the day was acceptable. 

The brewery is impressive in both its size and scope and it’s easy to see that the Good Beer Folk – the collective name used to refer to private investors are quite serious about further establishing themselves as “Canada’s Premium Pilsner.”


The Urbanite: Whistle Blowers – 14 years of Steam Whistle indie brew
JON LIEDTKE – Mar. 26, 2014
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Jon Liedtke (The Urbanite – Jay Verspeelt)

Jonathon Liedtke is the managing editor of The Urbanite, Windsor’s alternative newspaper. He is also a member of Windsor’s “Punk with Horns” band The Nefidovs, and as such, is committed to enhancing and sustaining the arts community.


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