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Monday, April 9, 2012

Trillium Chapter Brewery Collectables Buy/Sell/Trade Show

The annual Trillium Chapter Brewery Collectables Buy/Sell/Trade Show will be taking place on Saturday April 21st at Toronto's Amsterdam Brewery. From 11am to 3pm, brewery memorabilia collectors from across the Greater Toronto Area will gather to showcase their collections, trade items with others, or sell pieces to other collectors or members of the public.

The event will have a number of unique items on site. Everything from brewery ashtrays, bottle openers, cans, posters, signs, tap handles, coasters, and more will be on display, and with no admission fee, this event is a great way to experience some of Canada's rich brewing history.

If you have a collection and you'd like a table at the event, you can contact Ralph Nunnaro at . Tables are $15 for non-members and $10 for members.

Saturday April 21st
Amsterdam Brewery
11am - 3pm
No Admission Fee

Monday, April 2, 2012

Dominion Brewery: White Label Ale Ashtray

Breweriana - Ashtray

Item: Dominion White Label Ale Ashtray

Date: 1930's - estimated

How obtained: Garage sale - $2

Details: Light brown glass ashtray with bold white lettering. The glass is slightly transparent. The ashtray is is great condition with slight scratching on the bottom.

Interesting notes: The Dominion Brewery (1873-1936) was located at 486 - 496 Queen Street East and was one of the largest breweries in the city. The huge structure was built by Robert Davies in 1878 and served the citizens of Toronto until the doors closed in 1936. It was rumoured Davies had owned 144 taverns in Toronto during the height of his wealth. His father, Thomas Davies had erected the Don Brewery years before in 1850. After years of neglect, the Dominion brewery received a face lift from the Sorbara Group between 1987 and 1990 and today businesses of all varieties occupy the site.

The Dominion on Queen pub, which is located on the eastern side of the restored building (Queen and Sumach - 500 Queen St East), still continues to serve beer to this day and dates back to 1889.

Old review of the Dominion on Queen 
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