Farming Forms Our Foundation
It all started on the Von Edgar Hop Yard family farm, purchased by the Edgars in the early 1900s. Grains weren’t the only thing being sown on the humble farm in Paris, Ontario. Grit, passion for sustainable agriculture, and a deep connection to the local community have been central values across the Edgar family’s generations.
The Stars Aligned to Create Superior Beer
The Edgar family’s foray into brewing all started with their encounter with newly emigrated German brewer Christian von Der Heide. Joining forces with Christian was a no-brainer, considering his impressive background in brewing and experience growing up on a farm. With Christian’s expertise, the Paris Beer Company was established. A partnership built on synergies, providing dynamic concoctions and flavour profiles characteristic of the local terroir but with a worldly twist.
Brewed by the Best Meet our Brewmaster, Christian Von Der Heide
Having worked in the brewing and beverage industry for 35 years, Christian has a wealth of experience. He studied brewing technology in Germany and started his career at the oldest brewery in Munich. He has since held senior roles in operations, technology development, innovation, supply chain, and board membership for brewers, distillers, and global players. As a brewer, he has worked with iconic brands such as Augustiner in Munich, Labatt's, Guinness, and Tusker.
Since emigrating to Canada more than 20 years ago, Christian has worked as COO at craft brewing, distilling and beverage systems manufacturer Newlands Systems Inc., as senior brewing advisor at Brunswick Bierworks, and he's currently the president at the Siebel Institute for Technology in Chicago, the oldest brewmaster school in North America.
He also finds time to grow hops on his farm in Cape Chin on Ontario's Bruce Peninsula. The Tagwerk brand of premium beer is the fruit of his efforts, also sold through the Paris Beer Company.
Paris' First Taproom Brewery Located in the Heart of Paris
The Paris Beer Company
The Paris Beer Company is Paris' first taproom brewery and beer experience. You can taste and sample the beer at this unique destination with all of your senses. It's all about meticulously crafted beer enjoyed with delicious food in a welcoming atmosphere.
Paris beer is brewed, tapped, bottled, and labelled under one roof in the charming Wincey Mills building. This unique and historic building is in the heart of Paris and is now home to local vendors for shopping and dining experiences. Built in 1889, the original Wincey Mills made and distributed high-quality textiles. Restored and revitalized in 2014, the three-story building now functions as a bustling community hub.
Established in 1850, Paris, Ontario, has been named the Prettiest Little Town in Canada, located just 90 minutes from Toronto. This charming small town is between the Grand River and Nith River and is home to waterfalls, trails and quaint streets, shopping and culinary delights, and historic buildings.
Using Business As a Force for Good
We have always been dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices on our hops & rye farm and sourcing ingredients. Our partnership with the Bruce Trail Conservancy is an extension of this commitment to preservation and sustainability. It is within everyone's best interests to protect one of Ontario's largest land trusts and Canada's longest marked footpath.