Local Craft Beer Sarnia-Lambton


Written by The Editors

Mike Barker, Kyle Blandford, Craig Brodie and Matt Whitney — Sarnia friends who spent years home-brewing together and sharing samples with friends and family — have finally answered the question about why they don’t do something more with their excellent beers. Cheers!

The Scene

Great beer and comeraderie brought them together, and both remain key for the foursome behind Imperial City Brew House. The open concept was carefully planned and is fully in keeping with the owners’ philosophy. “Our primary focus is to be a community meeting space,” explained Matt Whitney, in conversation with Louis Pin of The Sarnia Observer. “We want people to be able to walk up to the tanks, touch them if they want.”

The result of an extensive renovation process — only half-jokingly referred to as “Blood, sweat and beers!” — is a generously spacious taproom. An open-concept upper level on top of the 1000-square-foot cooler is planned, for overflow and a private event space, and will bring total capacity to 220 people. The industrial vibe is enhanced by a full view of the arrays of gleaming tanks and the brewing process.



Menu Highlights

Imperial City Brew House will pay homage to Sarnia with the names of its beers once they are fully established. Launching in January 2020, the initial flagship beers will include: Canadian Pale Ale, Cream Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Hazy NEIPA, English Brown, Blonde Ale, Light Lager, and an Irish Stout on nitro. Seasonals and rotating taps will fulfill the brewers’ desire to also craft a wide variety of fun, niche products. As they explain on every can, Imperial City is “Four friends who let passion pave the way to bring you the very best selection of deliciousness.” We’ll drink to that!

Craft Brewery & Taproom

1330 Exmouth Street
(at Lambton Mall Road)

Hours will change seasonally.
Follow online for updates.


Original Brews for Everyone
Large Groups Welcome
Across from Lambton Mall
Ample Free Parking



Tank Arrival Day

Cool, Sharp Industrial Design

Spacious Open Concept Taproom