(Local craft brewers at the Banded Goose Brewing Company & Taproom open house in Kingsville, Ontario, on April 11, 2019. From left Jason Barsotta and Michael Beaudoin (Chapter Two Brewing Co.), Jason Wingerden (Banded Goose Brewing Co), and Bryan Datoc (Craft Heads Brewing Co.). Photo above by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)
More superb hospitality has arrived in the quaint lakeside town of Kingsville in the form of a hotel on top of a brew pub at 15 Main Street East. Banded Goose Brewing (BGB) Company & Taproom opened its doors officially for the first time Thursday night (April 11). It seemed the whole town was packed chock-a-block to inspect the new operation.
BGB is not only a place for locals and tourists alike to sample freshly brewed craft beer, made on premise, but also spend the night in the Distinctive Inns of Kingsville’s Brewery Loft Suites. Two apartments which once took over the second floor of the commercial building have been magnificently converted to seven suites all governed by a trendy 21st Century industry décor accented with bits of the old building used as accents. And each one is outfitted with a BGB mascot sock puppet available for sale to the guests.
Also included in the deal is the Bean15 Coffee Lounge featuring coffee from locally ground coffee beans. In fact, owners Barry and Cindy Snyder are making a point of showcasing local products right up to and including locally milled soap in each of the loft room’s baths.
This is not just the opening of a stellar addition to the town’s hospitality attractions, the new operation also includes a patio, expected to open in May and then there is the unique Kingsville Concierge. In partnership with Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, a city and regionally financed tourist promotion outfit, the main floor storefront office of the suites will house a Welcome to Kingsville Centre offering visitors information on local attractions and events.
All of this is prominently located on the town’s uptown strip, just west of Ernie’s, a popular furniture and appliance store and across from the acclaimed recently totally renovated Grove Hotel.
BGB is the latest addition to the Jack’s Group, operators of Jacks Gastropub on Division St. South. It was there in 2013 where Snyder began brewing craft beer in the pub’s basement. Head brewmaster Jason Wingerden was brought in and the plans commenced for the new venture. Initially Banded Goose beer was brewed at the pub where the most popular offering was its Golden light ale. Now it has its own section of the taproom with iconic stainless-steel barrels.
One of the advantages of being in the small batch craft business, Snyder told Eyes-On-Windsor, is the flexibility it gives the brewmaster. Plans are to brew special offerings all year round, something assigned to Wingerdan who Snyder explains affectionately is a “genius at work.”
For more information visit http://bandedgoosebrewing.com
Article by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.