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Beer brothers branching out

Oshawa-based craft beer makers expanding operations to Oakville

Eric and Jeff Dornan, the brothers behind All of Nothing Brewhouse, will be expanding their operations to Oakville after purchasing Trafalgar Ales and Meads, along with its sister companies Black Creek Historic Brewery and Trafalgar Artisanal Spirits. While production of the brewery's signature beer will be in Oakville, the Dornans say their heart is still in Oshawa and Durham Region, and hope to eventually bring production here once they can find a suitable location.

Eric and Jeff Dornan, the brothers behind All of Nothing Brewhouse, will be expanding their operations to Oakville after purchasing Trafalgar Ales and Meads, along with its sister companies Black Creek Historic Brewery and Trafalgar Artisanal Spirits. While production of the brewery’s signature beer will be in Oakville, the Dornans say their heart is still in Oshawa and Durham Region, and hope to eventually bring production here once they can find a suitable location.

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

A year ago, the Dornan brothers were just starting to get their beer on to store shelves. Now, they are available across the province and are expanding their operations outside of Durham Region.

However, this does not mean All or Nothing Brewhouse is leaving Oshawa.

“What our challenge was was to get our own bricks and mortar brewing facility, and we’ve been trying to find buildings out here. But it’s a challenge to find a suitable building for it. You can find a 100,000-square-foot warehouse down the road, or you get a little place (like what we have now), and we’re looking for something in the middle,” Jeff Dornan tells The Oshawa Express from the brewery’s Phillip Murray Avenue headquarters.

“This opportunity came up for us with Trafalgar Brewing in Oakville, and for us to get another brewery and get our own brewery where we can control our own process was important.”

Earlier this month, All or Nothing Brewhouse announced that it had purchased the Oakville-based Trafalgar Ales and Meads, along with its sister companies Black Creek Historic Brewery and Trafalgar Artisanal Distillery. With its beer currently produced through a contract brewer, All or Nothing will soon be moving its operations to Oakville, allowing it to expand its production. The beer will also be canned in-house, following the installation of an automated canning line and other upgrades.

The new facility will also allow All or Nothing to expand its operations into producing spirits, meads and ciders, as all of the equipment necessary for producing these drinks is available at the Oakville location.

While All or Nothing is expanding its operations to Oakville, the goal at the end of the day is to bring everything back to Durham Region.

“We both live here, we’re staying out here. With the 407 extension and the new infrastructure coming in, it just makes sense. Oshawa has a port, Oshawa has an airport. All of that can be utilized when we need to import grains from Europe or wherever. It just makes sense,” Eric Dornan says.

In fact, the Dornan brothers already have a dream location for their eventual brewery in Oshawa – the R.S. McLaughlin Armoury.

“We’ll put a brewery in that. No problem. You literally just tell us, and the brewery will be there,” Eric says.

“That’s literally the only building in all of Durham Region that either looks good for a brewery or kind of makes sense for the logistics of a brewery.”