Some sad news today. The Beer Academy is closing its doors at the end of the year. One of the possibilities being discussed is re-opening as a Creemore Brewpub but it has been emphasized that nothing has been decided for certain save that the re-opening will take place in the Fall of 2015.
I know it is unfashionable, the Beer Academy is a craft beer front for Molson-Coors after all, and it will cost me whatever craft beer street cred I might have but I always liked this place and the beers they created. I will have fond memories of the Baltic Porter among others
It seems to me that the Beer Academy suffered from much the same set of circumstances as the previous tenant, Duggan's Brewery, even more so. Besides the smallish pub/tasting room/retail outlet there was a space for private parties and an events space downstairs. Neither was used all that often and the rent, rumoured to be rather high, was due just the same. Back in the day when Second City performed nearby there was a lot more foot traffic in the area. I still say that the very best use of this particular space was back when Denison's (fine dining) was upstairs and Growler's Brewpub was downstairs. The snacks coming out of their common kitchen were certainly upscale and it seemed to work for a while.
I am going to miss the Beer Academy. I don't know if I can bring myself to visit one last time or not.