Throughout the day, the Welly folks led whomever was interested (i.e., me) on a little brewery tour. The tour was led by one of the brewmasters, so he certainly knew his stuff. For a brewery with such a small output, the tour wasn't a long one, with all the brewing is more or less completed in one large brewing room, with an adjoining keg storage room for the delivery trucks. Compare this tour with the 45 minute, multi-room Steam Whistle adventure and one can see the differences between the various craft breweries in terms of output. About 6 or 7 brewing tuns of varying sizes, and with a growing bottling and canning operation, it looks like Welly is able to get things done despite such a small area. Indeed, balancing brewing time amongst a (growing) lineup of beers can pose quite a challenge for any craft brewery owner.
Good food, good beer, good music all contributed towards an excellent afternoon. No bootchucking, unfortunately, but the celebratory atmosphere more than made up for the lack of drunk folks throwing rubber boots.
Cheers to the folks at Wellington for 25 great years!