Brut is a newer sub style of IPA loosely based on Brut Champagne from France. Hence its name Brut which means “dry, raw, unrefined” in French. We wanted our Brut to be a little bit different but still maintain the elements that make a Brut a Brut. Wharf Rat is dry and effervescent. It’s a higher alcohol IPA with a pleasing light amber color and bursting with classic IPA bitterness and hop character we know you love.
Wharf Rat is an homage to the neighborhood of Belleville that ran along what is now St. Paul Street, but what used to be Wharf Street during the 1900’s. This area, which lay between the tracks and the wharves was an industrial neighborhood of foundries, rolling mills, coal yards, oil tanks, trains and docks. It was an interesting mix of factory workers, families, colourful characters and prohibition rum runners. If you want to know more about this time in Belleville’s history the city has memorialized the Wharf Rat citizens with a plaque located on the back of the Jane Foster Park sign.