FOR 125 YEARS Corbyville Distillery sat on the banks of the Moira River, holding its status as one of Canada’s oldest distilleries. A project that has been years in the making, local entrepreneur Richard Courneyea is working to bring this historic distillery back to life. Opening in the distillery buildings in the late spring of 2017, Signal Brewing Company will be the first microbrewery in Belleville.
Once a thriving outpost on the Moira River, Corbyville was named after its founder, Henry Corby, during the 1830s. The Bay of Quinte region was a hub for agriculture at the time, and as a local gristmill owner, access to grain got Henry’s entrepreneurial wheels turning. Decades of distillation at the Corby Distillery ensued, but for the past thirty years, his storied building has sat vacant on the outskirts of town, the relic of a different time. Its history as an economic driver has caused people to ask, “What’s next?” for the area, and as the craft brewing movement has gained steam, the answer is beginning to present itself in Signal Brewing Company.
When Signal Brewery opens its doors, the completed facility will boast a 5,000- square-foot patio overlooking the Moira River and a catered assembly hall to accommodate 270 people. Signal will also include a 1,000-square-foot tasting room and a 4,000-square-foot event space.
As the region continues creating a cohesive image as a great place to live, work and play, the marriage of manufacturing, agriculture, history, and tourism at Signal Brewing will be an incredible asset that ties together our past and future.