The buzz of excited voices filled the air on Friday evening as a long line of beer-lovers waited to be let into the grand opening of Mill Street Brewpub in Ottawa.
Tucked away from the main hustle-and-bustle of downtown in the northwest corner of where Portage Bridge meets Wellington Street, the brewpub is a unique departure from the pubs that fill the Byward Market.
The brewpub’s general manager Peter Chase said the company wanted to establish itself somewhere away from the Market so as not to compete with other pubs that sell their products.
“We want to enhance the craft brewery market. We don’t want to seem invasive but we really wanted a place that stands out for us and has our own signature on it,” Chase said.
Mill Street selected the historic Thompson-Perkins Mill, a heritage building located in the LeBreton Flats area, as the site for the brewpub.
“This place had been blank, empty, for about five or six years, and we thought, you know, let’s just take a look,” Chase said. “And it just spoke to us.”
But beer-drinkers beware: the location that appears on Google Maps for 555 Wellington St., the brewpub’s address, is incorrect.