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Exchange Brewery, The

The brewery site was historically the first telephone exchange building in the Niagara region. Pieces from the original interior were repurposed to create a bar and tables within the current brewery.

Constructed in 1880, this building was Niagara's first telephone exchange. In 2015, it was transformed into a brewery, but it retains some of its original features. Original hemlock floor joists became the second-floor bar and tabletops. Some nods to the building's use as a telephone exchange include brewing numbers (instead of names) and a tasting board shaped like a rotary dial. As part of Digital Doors Open, you can learn more about this unique site through the video below. Check their website, too, for virtual events - including Sourpalooza. And follow them on Instagram (@theexchangebrewery).

Contact info

7 Queen Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario


Year built: 1880; adapted in 2015
Building type:CommercialFood and drink
Architect: Williamson Chong
Architectural style:Art moderne

Dates/hours open

Oct 22, 11:00am - Oct 22, 04:00pm

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.