MILL STREET BREW PUB COMING TO THE THOMPSON-PERKINS MILL

National Capital Commission sees
'contemporary purpose' for historic landmark; Fall opening likely

CANADA’S CAPITAL REGION, April 15 /CNW/ -The National Capital Commission (NCC) and Mill Street Brewery jointly announced today the signing of a long-term lease for the Thompson- Perkins Mill that will be the new home of the Mill Street Brew Pub.

The heritage building at 555 Wellington Street in the LeBreton Flats will be the home of Mill Street's Brewery and Pub in Ottawa. The first Mill Street Brew Pub opened in 2006 in Toronto's Distillery Historic District, following the establishment of the Mill Street Brewery itself in 2002 on the same site which was previously a distillery tankhouse built in the late 1870s.

Continuing the Mill Street tradition of paying homage to the rich Canadian history of brewing, the new LeBreton Flats location, built in 1842, also reflects Mill Street's longterm goals of putting down roots in communities in which the company is active and dedicated. Already involved in the Ottawa region via partnerships and participation in events such as Bluesfest, the Dragon Boat Festival, and this year for the first time, the Capital Hoedown and Bon Appetit, Mill Street felt that Ottawa was the obvious choice for the next step of the company's expansion.

"We're very excited to become even more active in the community by opening what will be a truly unique facility in Ottawa, and we plan to be up and running sometime this fall," said Steve Abrams, Founder of Mill Street Brewery. "Not only will we have the opportunity to showcase our specialty beers, but we'll offer an exceptional dining experience, innovative food pairings, brewery tours and sampling, plus the creation of specialty beers for the local market that will only be available on-site and at select Ottawa establishments."

The new Mill Street Brewery and Pub will seat approximately 400 people (including up to 120 on the patio) and create up to 60 new jobs. The location itself evokes a brewing tradition as brewery and distillery operations have flourished in the vicinity of the Flats and Chaudieres Island over centuries. The Thompson-Perkins Mill site is a prominent landmark within the LeBreton Flats area and the Ottawa River islands. The site and building offer unique views of the Capital, attractive access to the Ottawa River and exemplify the history and industrial heritage of Canada's Capital Region. It was one of the first grist mills to be built at the Chaudière Falls, and is the oldest surviving building in the industrial complex. The Thompson-Perkins Mill is owned by the National Capital Commission (NCC).

"The NCC's mandate is to manage and preserve physical assets of national significance on behalf of future generations of Canadians," said Marie Lemay, Chief Executive Officer of the NCC. "The best way to do this is to make sure they serve a useful and contemporary purpose which Mill Street has definitely dedicated themselves to creating."

Since 2006, the NCC has made a substantial investment in the rehabilitation required to preserve the integrity of the Thompson-Perkins Mill's exterior and to reinstate it so that it would be viable to accommodate a new tenant.

For more information, contact the NCC at 613-239-5000, 613-239-5090 (TTY), 1-800- 465-1867 (toll-free) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY), or visit the website at www.canadascapital.ca.

For more information on Mill Street, go to http://www.millstreetbrewpub.ca and http://www.millstreetbrewery.com

SOURCE Mill Street Brewery

For further information:

Media Contact:
NCC
Judith Gadbois-St-Cyr
NCC Media Relations
613-239-5708 (office) 
613-796-1603 (cell)
Judith.gadbois.st-cyr@ncc-ccn.ca
Mill Street Brewery
David T. Holmes
416-628-5605 / cell - 416-970-6327
dholmes@hccink.com

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