We’re committed to brewing quality beer. So it’s no coincidence that the guys who make the beer, run the company too.

About Us

Charles MacLean

Brewmaster / Founder

A thirst for great beer has always been what has driven Charles. Well that, and his love for riding motorcycles. These two passions met in 1978 when Charles moved to London so he could ride through the scenic English countryside. Of course gas wasn’t free, so he took a job tending bar at a local pub. It was here that he developed a profound admiration for English ales that would remain with him upon his eventual return to Canada.

Once home, Charles began brewing his own ales in tribute to his time spent in England. His passion flourished, and in 1993 he became the first independent craft brewer in Ontario. As other small breweries came and went over the years, Charles continued to follow heart and taste buds. This eventually led to what has become his signature ale, the very same one that today bears his name.

Curtis Schmalz

Sales and Marketing Manager

Curtis is living his dream of making beer for the people he grew up with. He left his job in radio advertisement and has taken the plunge into the craft beer world.

Michael D'Agnillo

Assistant Brewer / Vice President

A resident of Grey County for 5 years, Michael left the city and a 20 year career in the video game industry to follow his passion to brew well crafted beer in his new country home. While pursuing this dream, he met Charles and the rest is history.

The Beer

Simple Goodness

Maclean’s Pale Ale

A handcrafted ale brewed with quality ingredients that reflect the same philosophy of the guys who make it. Inspired by classic English ales. This Pale Ale finds a perfect balance between malty flavour and hops. Goes down smooth and finishes clean.

The Brewery

How do you give everyone in Ontario the chance to try a beer that everybody is talking about? Well, you have to make more of it. Mind you, we used to think less was always more, especially when it came to hand crafting a quality beer. But there comes a point where less is just less, and if you’re going to give everyone a chance to enjoy something, you simply have to make more while preserving all of the good stuff. So that’s what we did – we built a bigger brewery that gave us the ability to brew more beer while staying true to the same simple values that got us here in the first place. Try one for yourself. We think you’ll agree.

From Left To Right

Michael D’Agnillo - Assistant Brewer / VP

Curtis Schmalz - Sales and Marketing Manager

Charles MacLean - Brewmaster / President


Find Us

Want to raise a glass of MacLean's? Here are some places you’ll find us. Feel free to drop by.



Castro's Lounge

C'est What Inc

The Communist's Daughter

Crooked Star

The Done Right inn

Donnelly's Pub

Le Kensingston Bistro et Rotisserie

Magpie Taproom

The Mug Shot Tavern

Rasputin Vodka Bar


The Yukon Bar


West 50 Pourhouse & Grille


Ray's 3rd Generation Bistro Bakery


Addison's Restaurant & Lounge


Mohawk Chop House


Kiwi Cambridge Inc.


Biermans Bar & Grill


Carolinian Winery & Eatery


Rowans Moon Bistro

Drayton On

Drayton Chop House


Mill Street Bakery & Bistro

The Shepherds Pub


Breadalbane Inn & Hotel

O'Brien's Tap House


Victoria Park East

Woolwich Arms


Tartan Toorie


Queens Bush Pub


King Edward Restaurant & Pub


The Black Shire Pub


The Barrhead


Live Bait House

Owen Sound

Katmandu Kafe

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Guelph Speedvale



Owen Sound

Contact Us

Drop us a line, or check out our events page and come see us in person.

MacLean’s Ales Inc.

52 14th Ave. Hanover, ON N4N3V9

Charles MacLean

Brewmaster / President


Curtis Schmalz

Sales and Marketing Manager


Michael D’Agnillo

Assistant Brewer / VP


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