As we look back at the year that was, we’re often reminded of our excitement (and exhaustion levels) back in April 2016. Our first beers were kegged, our draft line was installed, the (now famous) Bandit pint glasses had arrived; it was all getting too real: “We’re opening a brewery!” We had worked exhaustively for over a year to bring our vision to life and we had seen this small auto body shop slowly get transformed into the brewery of our dreams, but the realization that new guests and friends would be joining us for the Bandit experience in a few weeks was probably the highlight of the whole process.

It’s been now 8 months since we opened our doors to all and it’s been an extremely rewarding experience. We were so warmly welcomed by our neighbourhood (woot woot Roncy + Dundas West) and we’ve gained a great network of good friends. We are very lucky to have such a kind and supportive community!

With the arrival of warm weather, our bottle shop, and our patio, we saw the influx of friends from different pockets of our city and other parts of Ontario. The first line-ups at the bottle shop and those endless patio nights seeing everyone enjoy a pint of our Farmed & Dangerous were definitively some of our highlights of 2016; moments that had us grinning like fools.

We started out with 6 staple beers and we’ve been able to get up to 16 this December. We’re thrilled to have seen our brewing team grow under the lead of our brewers, Ben and Stephane. We have a solid team that’s constantly striving for excellence and creativity, all while remaining truthful to our brewing motto: “We focus on making great beer that we’d like to drink ourselves”.

As we make our way into this new year there’s already lots of tinkering in our lab and several exciting plans in progress to keep innovating and creating new experiences for you. The next few months will be an exciting time for Bandit, and we hope you’ll stay tuned for it all.

Happy 2017 Bandits!