SC: Chronicle is an interesting name, why did you choose that?
JG: "Well it started off as something different and it was only recently that we made a pivot with fresh banding ahead of our opening. The name Chronicle Brewing comes after trying to find a way to express a central idea of what our current team was passionate about. Which is stories. Ted, who is the owner of the company, is a fanatic of fantasy role playing games, sci fi, and mythology. Myself and Assistant Brewer Allan share a lot of those interests and we all agreed that at the root of all of that is that we all really love stories. You can find valuable stories in everything , including beer! So we believe the name Chronicle gives us a vehicle to put our pre existing passions into even further to continue telling those stories. Whether it be about a werewolf, a Norse god, or a very short plumber with a Moustache in red overalls. There are so many great stories that are fun to share and if we can pair that with our passion for crafting beers than our jobs just got even better than they already were!"
SC: Is this just expanding with the growing craft beer market or is it because you can offer something other breweries can't?
JG: "I like to think every brewery has something different to offer. A lot of Brewers share a passion for projecting character into their beers. This is something that is the same for filmmakers, musicians, and artists of other mediums. When you do something you love for work, you are more willing to put yourself out there creatively and this is very commonly the case with the men and women of the Brewing industry. We’re all artists in different ways that truly love what we do and we all have a different place in the current wave of craft beer. It’s a beautiful tide that allows us to operate in an incredible industry that is very much reared on its own community of contributors. Very much like music, art, filmmaking, etc.. So While that is a good question, I liken it to asking “why more music? Why more art?...” to sit down and witness someone else’s creativity and passion and get a glimpse into their story can teach you a lot about the human experience. The urge to be seen and heard and create and share your creations with others. I believe the thirst for craft beer in Durham is not about tasty beers alone, but about people coming together and feeling a new sense of community and with so many great breweries around now, it’s just another good reason reason to be in Durham Region."
SC: What will your signature brew be?
JG: "We’ve currently got a pretty dynamic range of 6 beers in our fermenters. I imagine by the time we open on April 28 we’ll have a couple extras. As of right now we’re planning to remain market flexible and kind of throw some of our favourites at the wall and see what sticks with customers."
Kinda like Gorry's approach to life it seems, try it all and see what sticks.