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Upper Canada Brewing Company
The Upper Canada Brewing Company.
Location Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Owner(s) Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Year opened 1984
Active beers
Name Type
Upper Canada Lager Lager
Upper Canada Dark Ale Ale
Upper Canada Light Lager Lager
Upper Canada Rebellion Lager Lager
Upper Canada Wheat Wheat Beer

Upper Canada Brewing Company is a brewery that is currently located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Founded by Frank Heaps in Toronto, they started brewing beer in 1984 and grew became one of the largest independent breweries in Canada.

Their location on Atlantic Ave. in Toronto included a "gift shop" that allowed the independent brewer to sell alcohol on Sunday, something that Ontario's licensed outlet store chain, which had a virtual monopoly on beer sales, was not permitted to do at the time.

They were acquired by Sleeman Breweries in 1998. Soon afterwards, the Toronto brewery was shut down, and production of all Upper Canada brands was moved to the Sleeman facility in Guelph. Sleeman also discontinued several lower-selling Upper Canada brands, and altered the recipes of others.

UCBC products are found at most Beer Store outlets in Ontario, as well as some locations of the government owned LCBO liquor store chain.

Frank Heaps' son Cameron Heaps and two other Upper Canada employees, Greg Cromwell and Greg N Taylor, went on to create Steam Whistle Brewing at a location just a short distance down the same train tracks from the former Upper Canada brewing plant.

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