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CASE STUDY

AVLING
BREWERY SUSTAINABILITY B
IN ACTION
BY JOYCE MCLEAN, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, LAM

Max Meighen is on a mission to
develop a circular economy on a
local scale. Inspired by the ideas
and passion of Dan Barber, the
author of " The Third Plate " ,
Meighen set out to incorporate
beer making into the sustainable
farm to table approach that
Barber espouses, in Toronto's
east end.
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arber's book outlines why sustainability in the local food movement must include not just the quality of food grown, but also
emphasize the quality of the water and soil that feed the plants.
Meighen, a former chef and beverage manager, with successful restaurant stints in Toronto, Montreal and the UK, became
a brewer during his time in the UK. He wanted a location where
he could turn sustainability concepts into reality. Could a brewery
be part of the farm to table movement in an urban setting, he
wondered?
In 2017 he found the perfect building on Queen Street East in
Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood. The two-storey building was
ideal, because there was an opportunity to showcase the large beer
tanks Meighen was to install to kickstart his beer making.
He was inspired after a visit to a San Diego craft brewery where
the brew tanks were exposed to the visiting clientele, creating a
visual appeal. Once the building was reinforced to allow for visible
beer tanks, the Queen Street building's roof was solid enough to
be able to install a green roof farm operation- a key element in his
goal to produce sustainable beer.
It took a year and a half to navigate the permitting process and
Meighen found that, despite Toronto's 2009 green roof by-law,
officials were not very familiar with green roofs. But once the
structure was reinforced to allow for the open tank design, the
green roof became possible. Meighen persevered and in July 2019,
the Avling Brewery was open for business. In July 2020, Toronto's
NOW magazine's panel of beer experts honoured Avling with the
Best New Toronto Brewery award.
Craft beer is big business in Toronto. Meighen's brewery has
an edge because of the green roof's ability to grow food, herbs and
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