Rezoning Approved For London Rd. Brewery

Refined Fool Beers (Photo by Briana Carnegie)

Sarnia council has enthusiastically endorsed another attempt by the Refined Fool Brewing Company to expand.

The craft brewery’s request to amend the city’s official plan and zoning bylaw for a second location at 1326 London Rd., the TJ’s Home Renovation site, was approved Monday.

Councillor Bev MacDougall thanked the group for its patience after plans to expand at a location in downtown Sarnia fell through.

“I believe that moving forward at this location, they’re going to have a little more room, they’re going to be able to better manage things,” said MacDougall. “I made a couple of visits out to the site and the area this weekend and believe that these young entrepreneurs are positioning a development that will add to the area and will certainly add to our communities offerings overall. So, I would like to wish them well.”

Refined Fool plans to convert the existing front building to include a restaurant/tap room and retail area, with brewing and storage areas proposed near the rear section.

The company hopes to produce nearly 2,500 barrels a year at startup, with long-term annual production at the site of just over 9,700 barrels.

The existing business on Davis St. will remain as a tap room and rental sales outlet with the majority of production shifting to the new facility.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley told council that TJ’s Home Renovation Centre plans to liquidate.