Gord and I had an early supper today at the Brew House ... the building was built in about 1851.
The building was originally built as the home of Thomas Watson,
the proprietor of the Webster Tannery, circa 1851.
Dr. Abraham Groves converted the building into a flour mill after the
tannery went bankrupt. He later installed two generators and steam
boilers, converting the mill into a electrical generating plant in 1890,
which provided power to his hospital, the lights along Main Street and a
number of businesses in town.
As far as is known, Dr. Groves was the first man to transmit
electricity between two towns in Ontario when he extended service to
Elora in February 1900. Ontario hydro took over service to the town in
The building has since served as Jack
Twedle’s chick hatchery, the Fergus Police Department, the house of
Brougham and eventually was divided into several smaller businesses and
In 2000. the building was purchased by Carlos and Sidonia Madruga.
Mike Mackay then leased and renovated to open the Groves Mill Brew House
& Inn. The pub remained within his family until 2011, when the
current owners, Katherine Brasch and Jim Silburn purchased the business
from Claudia Hine.
In 2011, the name change to “Brew House on the Grand” was in keeping
with past name changes so that it will forever remain “The Brew House”,
while celebrating the beautiful location on the river.
We sat on the patio for a while but found it too chilly (16C/15C with the windchill) so we went inside.
Gord ordered Spicy Black Bean Soup and a Ribeye Fajita Wrap.
I had a taste of the soup and it was too SPICY!! Gord found it too SPICY also and said there weren't enough black beans(it seemed more like a spicy veggie soup). He wouldn't get it again.
He did like the wrap and said he'd get it again.
I ordered the Curried Chicken Enchilada. I love love love curry ... but I didn't get a lot of curry taste from this. It tasted strangely smoky. And it was odd to have sweet Thai sauce drizzled on the outside. I wouldn't get this again.
A couple servers took good care of us.