Our story began in 2008, with a small location in downtown St.Thomas. We set out to start the brewery, entrenched in the history and folklore from years past. The idea was to create a brewery that honoured the history and heritage of our small industrial town.
Over the next 5 years, the craft brewing industry really started to take off and so did the production at the small brewery. The need for additional tanks and production equipment meant a new location was needed. In 2013 the brewery changed locations to its current location 130 Edward Street.
Our production facility features a 3 vessel 20HL brewhouse along with 8-40HL and 8-20HL fermentors, canning line, tap room and full retail store.
History of the railway city
The railway has been a part of St. Thomas since the completion of the London and Port Stanley Railway in 1856. More than 26 railways passed through the city. St. Thomas was the fastest shortcut between Chicago and New York: two major railway cities. This provided the foundation for the birth of St. Thomas due to the provision of employment and, subsequently, the income to sustain the community. St. Thomas then became known as “Railway City”.
The city boasts a significant collection of historic Railroad Buildings including the 1873 Canada Southern Railway Station and the 1913 Michigan Central Railroad repair shops which features The Elgin County Railway Museum.
Besides visiting our Railway City Brewery, you should also consider checking out all of the local wall murals throughout the City, or for the brave at heart visit Canada’s First Elevated Park, located atop the former Michigan Central Railway Trestle at the west end of the city.
the elephant story
Railway City Brewing Co.’s Dead Elephant Ale is our tribute to Jumbo the Elephant, who was tragically killed in a railroad accident in the late 1800’s in St.Thomas.
Jumbo is featured throughout St.Thomas from the life size statue at the city’s west entrance, to the large wall murals adorning our downtown buildings. Jumbo was the prize attraction of the P.T. Barnum Circus that performed throughout North America. During the early days, many circuses traveled by train, and thus many traveled to St.Thomas as part of their route.
We hope that when you raise your glass of Dead Elephant Ale, you will enjoy everything that Jumbo was and became. Life should be celebrated in every way and if possible “Live Life Large” and enjoy it Jumbo sized!