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In Light Of…

October 1, 2019 3:46 pm Published by

In light of recent events in our industry and city, and after reflective conversation internally, we thought we would share a few thoughts. This past weekend, a group of breweries representing the Ontario Craft Brewers Association were pictured with Sam Oosterhoff, an MPP for Niagara West, after a discussion was... View Article


August 21, 2019 9:32 pm Published by

As part of this year’s Milkshake Day, we’re going to be donating 100% of the proceeds from our Lemonade Stand (serving up PWYC MERIT Lemonade and fresh-squeezed OJ alongside treats from Fresh Kravings) and our MERIT x Witly ‘Make-Your-Own-Tie-Dye Shirt Station’ to SAGE. SAGE is a peer support group for trans,... View Article

Milkshake Day 2019

August 21, 2019 9:30 pm Published by

Milkshake Day 2019 is almost here! As we’re just a few days from our nostalgia-fueled celebration of never-ending-summers, it’s probably a good time to share a few details with you! This is a long read, but one that’s worth it! Just like the past 2 years, we’ll be releasing 2... View Article

Thank You, Chanan

May 3, 2019 12:30 am Published by

While the last year has given us plenty of reasons to celebrate, we also experienced the loss of Chanan Sandhu, Tej’s grandfather, whom both the beer Chanan and MERIT itself is named after.   The impact Chanan had on the world is of incredible measure. He lived his life with love,... View Article

Common Ground 2.0

April 30, 2019 11:51 pm Published by

MERIT is turning 2 and instead of trying to put all of our emotions into words, we’re going to do what we love most: make really good beer and serve it alongside purposeful and delicious food!   On May 26th, we’re hosting a beer dinner, and it’s definitely not one to... View Article

Opening Digital Doors

July 17, 2018 4:57 pm Published by

We’re coming for you Cobourg, Chatham, Ottawa, Oshawa, and… everywhere else in Ontario! ** UPDATED ** Our Online Bottle Shop is OPEN! Check out for current availability and don’t forget to check back every Wednesday for new releases! On Thursday at 11am we’ll open up our Online Bottle Shop.... View Article

Common Ground

April 19, 2018 11:16 am Published by

On May 11th, MERIT turns 1. It’s hard to put everthing that’s happened in the last year into words, so instead we’re putting it into what we love most: great beer & food. To celebrate our 1st Anniversary, we’re throwing a beer dinner worthy of a celebration. Actually… two dinners!... View Article

Much To Do About Nowhere

February 15, 2018 3:57 pm Published by

This Sunday we continue to celebrate the city that some call Nowhere. For background: In embracing this title we’ve continued to see the beauty beneath the surface in our city and are constantly inspired to create. To celebrate that we’re releasing a couple new beers, including our first barrel-aged release.... View Article

This is Nowhere

December 11, 2017 4:53 pm Published by

It’s no secret that we’re immensely proud to call Hamilton our home. The energy here is contagious. The heart and soul of the people and businesses make our city unique and inspire what we do at MERIT every day. But still, some think of Hamilton as nowhere. One of our... View Article

The Gift of MERIT

November 27, 2017 6:17 pm Published by

We’ve got something special for your someone special, or at-least someone special enough to be getting a gift from you this season. Give the gift of MERIT this season and we’ll save you some $ that maybe you’ll want to spend at other awesome stores on James North. Maybe buy... View Article

In The Dead Of Winter

November 24, 2017 10:13 am Published by

Cold is temporary, and can easily be removed from one’s bones through many avenues: a crackling fireplace, a blanket, long johns, a cup of cacao, a hug from your favourite Aunt, or… perhaps… (might we suggest) a night hosted by yours truly; a beer dinner and beer release… In The... View Article

We Made A Novemburger

November 2, 2017 11:07 am Published by

MERIT made a burger. We know, stop the presses. We’ve spent every day since opening this spring working on making the best sausages in the city to go with our beer, so why would we be so wreckless and make a burger? Our very own Sue Littleton says, “Why not?”.... View Article