How do you celebrate ten years of providing incredible craft beer to a city? More beer!
On Saturday, October 20, Railway City Brewing Company hosted an afternoon of live music, food, and drinks in support of local charity United Way Elgin-Middlesex. After ten years of support from the community, the well-established craft brewery wanted to give back.
Over 200 plates of pulled pork sandwiches, beans, and coleslaw were handed out along with a 12 oz pour, all for $10 a plate. From 2 until 9, a consistent flow of guests kept the bartender and servers busy. The moody atmosphere was complemented by the sounds of rock ‘n roll from The Smokin’ Bass Band, a St. Thomas rock band specializing in crowd-pleasing rock classics.
Railway City Brewing has seen a lot of changes in the industry over their ten years serving St. Thomas. “When we first started, there were 30 craft breweries in Ontario. Now there are 300 and counting,” says Retail & Events Coordinator, Scott Hannah.
So what sets Railway City Brewing apart in this growing field? Diversity. According to Hannah, “Even though we are craft, we have a beer for everyone. We have that light lager that people enjoy all the way up to the stout, but we also do specialties like barrel reserves and things like that.”
The brewery’s anniversary party was their second packed event in a week. Four days earlier they hosted Taco Tuesday, also in support of United Way Elgin-Middlesex, and filled the house. Hannah said that they were expecting 30 or 40 people, but over 120 showed up. Though they weren’t counting on such an enthusiastic response on Saturday, they were well prepared to handle the crowd that kept flowing in all afternoon and evening.
Railway City Brewing fans might be interested to know that the brewery has some exciting ideas in the works for the near future. What has already become a bit of a hotspot in St. Thomas for events could soon be serving up a new way to enjoy their craft beer later into the evening. More details to come!