|former Excise Bonding Warehouse, Corby Distillery|
So much to say. The repurposing of some beautiful historical brick and stone buildings is top of mind.
I had already interviewed Helen, a mischievous woman who had worked at the once booming distillery back in the 1970s. So I shared her sadness at seeing this building (a holy of holies which she and her bottling line comrades were never to approach) with roof collapsed and vegetation taking over.
Along the river side of the building, a hazardous wooden bridge hinted at what must once have been a busy conduit between busy works-spaces.
Fast forward to August 2017, when my guy and I finally visited Signal Brewery, after a delightful day at O'Hara Mill, and a photo trip around Hastings County's built heritage, for yet another story.
So much to delight. Our server explained the choice of name, Signal Brewing Company. Designer Carl Weins provides the fascinating back story to the logo and labels. The names: Signal, Radio Tube, Wave evoke nostalgic radio days, and embody the energy with which the place is crackling.
When you go, spend some time with the collection of Corby Distillery memorabilia in the foyer. Take time to fully appreciate the design decisions behind the creation of the interior event space which is already a legendary party and music venue (the bathrooms are gorgeous.) The staff are welcoming and attentive. There's also a terrific kitchen/menu, and a gorgeous multi-level deck overlooking the Moira River, and the beer. Ah yes, the beer. On our sunny Sunday afternoon D and I enjoyed flights of Signal's offerings, and watched the river run.
This is a place to watch. Congratulations Richard for your vision, your daring, your hard work. Signal Brewing Company is one of the area's best adaptive reuse project in years - and the most fun.