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Growing Rural Innovation: Wild Card Brewing Co

Wild Card Brewing Co Craft Beer in Trenton
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QuinteVation’s purpose is to facilitate and encourage business innovation by
entrepreneurs, thereby accelerating the growth of industries and sectors in the Bay of Quinte region. They regularly host events across the region and feature profiles of the doers and dreamers of the local business sector to help foster this resolution.

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Wildcard Brewing Co

Sometimes being in the right place at the right time is a recipe for business success. Nate Card took the opportunity to turn a once struggling craft brewing operation into one of the most innovative and forward-thinking breweries in the Bay of Quinte region.

When it appeared that the former Gateway Brewing Company in Trenton was closing for good, Card—a native of Napanee now living in Trenton—convinced his family to purchase it with plans to give it a complete overhaul. Card had been working part-time at Gateway for a number of years and had some ideas of how to turn things around.

He and his brother Zack have also hosted special events at Wild Card, including performances by local bands and a pro wrestling show that was free for the public.

“For both my brother and I, community involvement is a huge priority. For something like the wrestling show, we wanted to provide some fun family entertainment in our community so that people don’t always have to go out of town. There is also a really strong arts and music scene here in Trenton, which a lot of people don’t realize, and we want to support that in our town,” said Card.


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Bay of Quinte Region is an alliance of interdependent communities, bound together by a common history, shared economy, and the water that surrounds and defines us. We hope to welcome you soon.