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Stack Brewing set for major expansion

Mailloux said he'll only know once he gets his new equipment fired up how much beer he can actually sell. “We still don't know what the beer market is in Sudbury because we weren't really doing a whole lot, volume-wise,” he said.
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Stack Brewing owner Shawn Mailloux draws some of his beer from his brewing equipment. The one-year-old micro brewery is set to undertake a major expansion. Photo by Heidi Ulrichsen.
Mailloux said he'll only know once he gets his new equipment fired up how much beer he can actually sell.

“We still don't know what the beer market is in Sudbury because we weren't really doing a whole lot, volume-wise,” he said.

It was a trip to Montreal, where the craft brewing industry is strong, that inspired Mailloux to start his own micro brewery in Sudbury — the only one in the city right now.

“In general, the comments have been really positive,” Mailloux said. “A lot of people are grateful we took on this venture and brought it to Sudbury, because there was a definite lack.”

The beer has received critical acclaim, too, with Les Portes de L'Enfer picking up gold at the Ontario Brewing Awards Gala in April and bronze at the 12th Annual Canadian Brewing Awards in May.

Stack Brewing's marketing has been unabashedly Sudbury-centric, with its beers sporting names such as Saturday Night, Black Rock and Valley Girl.

It's just Mailloux's way of displaying his hometown pride.

“I was born and raised in Sudbury, and live here, and I don't plan on moving ever, unless it's to the Bahamas,” he jokes.

To celebrate Stack Brewing's first birthday, the micro brewery has created an anniversary beer flavoured with rosemary and juniper.

It also plans to hold an anniversary bash, although plans have yet to be firmed up. Mailloux advises people to watch out for the party announcement on the business' Facebook page (search for Stack Brewing on Facebook, and like the page).

Stack Brewing, located at 1350 Kelly Lake Rd., is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.stackbrewing.ca, phone 705-586-STAC or email info@stackbrewing.ca.

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