Port Perry’s Old Flame Brewing acquires Two Blokes Cider

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Published June 23, 2023 at 4:59 pm

One of Durham Region’s oldest brewery has acquired a neighbouring cidery in a deal centred around a love of the Port Perry and Scugog area that is expected to strengthen both brands.

Old Flame Brewing founded nearly a decade ago and housed in an historic 149 year-old building in Port Perry that once housed a horse-drawn carriage manufacturing facility, is buying Two Blokes Cider, a business started to give “new purpose” to the Somerville Farm near Seagrave, just north of Port Perry in Scugog Township.

“This harmonious deal symbolizes the boundless potential that occurs when passion for both product and place converge with entrepreneurial vision,” said Two Blokes co-founders Matt Somerville and Andy Paul in a statement on social media. “The Old Flame Brewing purchase will help strengthen the Two Blokes Cider brand, contribute to the area’s ongoing economic revitalization, and set the stage for exciting new projects at the Somerville farm.”

Old Flame was founded in 2013 in downtown Port Perry and added a second location in 2020 when the brewery purchased another historic building, the old Fire Hall in downtown Newmarket.

As part of the transition, Somerville and Paul, who planted their first orchard in 2015, will be stepping away from their executive roles at the cidery to focus on the continued growth of the orchard, develop new on-farm projects and begin “new professional and personal journeys together. “

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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