Modern-day brewpub coming to Liberty Village in fall 2016

Monday, 30 May 2016 - 10:30am


Big Rock Brewery partners with Oliver & Bonacini to make its Ontario debut

Liberty Commons Rendering by DesignAgency


Toronto, ON – Oliver & Bonacini and Big Rock Brewery are set to open Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery (Liberty Commons), a modern-day brewpub in the heart of Liberty Village (60 Atlantic Ave.), together this fall. The culinary direction, inspired by traditional European beer halls with contemporary British pub influences, will be led by Chefs Anthony Walsh and John Horne, and the brewing team will be overseen by Brewmaster Connor K. Patrick.

Celebrating the entry of Big Rock into Ontario, Liberty Commons will be a collaboration between chef and brewmaster, and its menu will creatively marry food and beer. Drawing on Big Rock’s selection of quality craft products, the menu will include beer-based marinades, and beer pairings.  Collaboration brews between chef and brewmaster will also feature prominently. The dining experience will nod to culinary theatre with tableside carving, oversized dishes and an emphasis on cooking over live fuels.

”In partnering with Oliver & Bonacini, we are able to bring together our two worlds – introduce our quality, creative and diverse craft beer line-up alongside an impressive culinary program.” said Robert Sartor, CEO, Big Rock Brewery.

Designed by award-winning firm DesignAgency, will feature a visually impressive blend of modern and nostalgic touches and diverse seating for a variety of experiences. It will encourage an inviting and lively environment, ideal for weekday lunches, post-work drinks, watching games, dinner celebrations and weekend lounging.

“Big Rock has been leading the pack in brewing craft beer in Canada for over 30 years. They brew with skill and imagination, and our brewpub is set to follow suit with imaginative twists on fine comfort food,” said Andrew Oliver, President, Oliver & Bonacini. “Our unique chef-driven cuisine will reflect our shared commitment to quality and unite our passions in fun, innovative ways that will excite our guests.”

Set in a unique two-level heritage space, Liberty Commons will occupy the entire lower floor, featuring a contemporary bar and dining space, a customizable private dining area for events and a patio oasis, complete with comfortable lounge seating and outdoor fireplaces. The Big Rock storefront at the main level will feature a tasting room, with Big Rock products available for purchase.

Big Rock Tasting Room; Rendering by DesignAgency

About Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants 

Oliver & Bonacini (O&B) is recognized as one of Canada’s leading fine dining restaurant, events and catering companies, operating 13 unique and innovative restaurants in Ontario. Operations include à la carte dining, quick service dining, catering and special events. Current restaurants include America, Auberge du Pommier, Bannock, Beaumont Kitchen, Biff’s Bistro, Canoe, Canteen, Jump, Luma, and Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill (Toronto, North York, Blue Mountain, Oakville). Operations are supported by an in-house bakery and chocolate/confections shop, O&B Artisan. Oliver & Bonacini credits its success to the development of a strong company culture, where excellence of food quality and service are valued above all else.

About Big Rock Brewery Inc.

Big Rock produces premium, all-natural craft beers. As one of Canada’s founding craft brewers with over 30 years of brewing experience, Big Rock has a family of exceptional ales and lagers, Rock Creek Cider® series of ciders, and an ongoing selection of seasonal beers. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Big Rock Brewery Inc. also has a local brewery in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has a brewery opening in Etobicoke, Ontario in July.

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