English ales came to Ontario by motorcycle.

Many years ago, Charles MacLean developed a passion for two things. By day he loved riding motorcycles and, when the day was done, he enjoyed great beer. So, in 1978 he decided take an epic journey. He traveled overseas to ride a Norton Commando through the beautiful English countryside.

After months of experiencing the best ales in England, he found his gas tank empty and his trip funds running low. As luck would have it, Charles found a nearby pub that not only gave him a job tending the bar, but also introduced him to the craft of brewing beer.

Once home, Charles began brewing his own ales in tribute to his time spent in England. His passion flourished, as he became one of Ontario’s pioneering independent craft brewers. 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.

MacLean's Ales are well known for their balance and distinct characteristics. These range from traditional English approaches to brews that break from tradition with our own unique take on the regular.
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Sample and purchase our complete lineup at our Brewery Store in Hanover, Ontario. Our Pale Ale is available in cans across Ontario at the LCBO and our Farmhouse Blonde Ale at The Beer Store. Enter your postal code, street address or city/town to see where you can find us.


We were unable to find any MacLean’s near you. We want to expand to your area soon. If you have a favourite bar or restaurant where you'd like to see MacLean's, please tell us at admin@macleansales.ca. Of course, you're always welcome to visit the brewery. We have frequent tours and the fridge is always full with our complete selection of beer.

We Found Beer!

We found some MacLean's near you. Hope to see you soon.

Visit the all-new brewery shop.
We've got a fridge full of our latest ales, t-shirts and more.

Monday to Thursday - 11am to 4:30pm

Friday - 11am to 7:30pm

Saturday - 11am to 4pm

Tours are available by appointment.
Phone 519-506-ALES for more details or visit the store.

Charles MacLean is the brewmaster behind the beer, but he's not alone. Expanding to reach all of Ontario is no small task. Michael D'Agnillo and Curtis Schmalz, residents of Hanover, have teamed up with Charles out of a shared love of craft brewing.

Charles MacLean

Brewmaster / Co-Founder

Loves motorcycles and craft beer*

Michael D’Agnillo

President / Co-Founder

Loves vintage vinyl and craft beer*

Curtis Schmalz

VP Sales and Marketing / Co-Founder

Loves hockey and craft beer*

As we work tirelessly to bring our beer to a wider audience, we’ve had tonnes of support from the Hanover and Grey County communities. Beyond just liking our beer, so many of you have jumped in to help build our new brewery, deliver the beer, redesign the brand and get out to festivals across the province. To our employees and friends who've helped bring us this far, a hearty thank you!