Our History

SINCE 1920

Corbyville is a town built around spirits, and the history begins in the early Canadian frontier, when whisky was as much a part of daily life as bread and meat.

The town’s patriarch, Henry Corby was a baker by trade. In the early 1830s he moved to Belleville and opened one of the first bakeries in Belleville to great success. It was known for years as the premiere bakery in Belleville. After a military service in the 1837 rebellion, he sold his bakery and bought a St. Lawrence steamliner.

Henry Corby’s involvement in buying and selling grain led to establish a gristmill in what is now Corbyville. At his new mill, farmers would bring their grain to be ground into meal and would reserve a portion of it to be made into whisky. This sparked Henry Corby’s interest in the distilling process. He was soon making his own whisky for local consumption as a sideline to the main milling operation. By 1859, the distillery operation was incorporated, known as “Alma Mills” for his late first wife Alma and it quickly began to eclipse the mill operations.

When Henry Corby went to pursue a career in politics (Belleville Mayor 1867-68) his son Henry Jr., known as Harry, took over the business and invested substantially in the business and moved it into the retail trade, setting up a bottle shop in Belleville.

Throughout these times the small community town around the Corby Mill’s continued to grow and thrive. In 1882, William Bennet opened a post office in his general store under the name Corbyville. The community then boasted a population of around 100, with a cooper, carpenter, blacksmith, a cabinet maker and shoe maker. By 1886 the village had acquired a Methodist church, flour mill and a hotel. The Union Cheese Manufacturing Company also opened here in the mid 1890’s.

About Us

Proudly brewed in the historic Corbyville distillery district, Signal Beer will be keeping the heritage of our buildings alive with great beer and world class entertainment. The perfect environment for you to relax, take a moment and make some new memories of your own! Our beer is made with love, thought and passion. While keeping the past in mind, we are always looking to the future for what’s new.


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Our beer is made with love, thought and passion.


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Our Events


Upcoming Events

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Jane’s Walk: A Community Called Corbyville

Crown Lands Bring it Back to Signal


Crown Lands Bring it Back to Signal


Mother of All Craft Shows

The Montgomery St. Band at Signal




Signal Patio Launch – BBQ and live music!


Timothy Campbell Trio at Signal




Matthew Barber and Joshua Hyslop at Signal


1st Annual Mighty Moira River Races


Modern Space at Signal


Bentwood Rocker rock Signal Brewery


Bentwood Rocker rock Signal Brewery

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Our Space

Bottle Shop

On the brewing side of things, our brewery is headed by Rob Snowden: a veteran Ontario craft brewer, and Connor Campbell: a graduate of the Brewmaster Program at Niagara College.

Together they bring a decade of brewing knowledge and experience to Signal, and with that an unparalleled dedication to crafting the highest quality, most consistent, and most flavourful beer around. That being said, these brewers aren’t afraid to experiment either, and will be regularly releasing specialty brews for those beer-drinkers looking for something new and different all the time.

Both Rob and Connor are also huge music fans, so you can expect to hear tons of good tunes coming from the brewery. Don’t be afraid to check out the brewery and talk beer, music, and all things Signal with them!

The space itself is impressive, and always open for a quick look around or a tour by the staff. The space is meant to be interactive and fun. Also licensed for special events.

Our Space

Event space

Signal Brewery has a beautiful event space overlooking the Moira River. Its capacity hovers around 200 (standing) and 120ppl (seated). The space will be activated in a number of different and exciting ways. With its high ceilings and large windows, it is the perfect blend of rustic elegance. The room is festooned with pieces the from building’s history. The tables are made from the old window shutters at the distillery. Old artifacts like Corby’s bottles and old mill tools are to be seen as well. The walls are covered with a beautifully rusted tin found from an old barn in Sterling. Wherever possible we have exposed the brick and the old foundations of the building so that it can be seen and experienced. This room celebrates history, but also looks forward to making new memories.

Cultural Programing: One of the most important things about our space is that it will always be culturally relevant. Signal Live! Is a series that spans all genres of music and entertainment. From singer/songwriters to stand-up comedians to live DJ’s, Signal Live! is the place to experience the best of what’s out there.

Open Stage Wednesdays– Send out your own signal! Sign up at 7pm every Wednesday. 2-3 songs or 15 minutes per act. Bring your gear and you can play. Comedians, actors, musicians, jugglers. Whatever! We take all comers (as long as it’s appropriate for public)

Private EventsSignal Brewery is the perfect place to host your next corporate function. Or maybe it’s a wedding? Holiday party? Anniversary? Whatever the event, we have got you covered. Please email events@signal.beer for more information. Catering menu’s available upon request.

Our Space


Overlooking the beautiful Moira River, The Signal patio will be the largest in the region and it was built for relaxing and tasting great beer & food. Soft comfy chairs will have you watching the river and cancelling afternoon appointments. There is no rush on the Signal patio and with our super strong Wifi you can get some work done, or distract the kids with a mobile device. The Signal patio will be a place of comfort and relaxing vibes.

Reggae Sundays– In the summer and fall, let the soft, rhythm of reggae music take you away to the islands. Light dubstep and classic reggae all afternoon on Sundays. Great for the family.

Bridge DiningOne of our most exciting offerings! Our bridge winds back and forth over the Moira River and is set up specifically for couples or tables of 2 to enjoy. This will be the only place at Signal Brewery where you may require a reservation.


86 River Road Corbyville, Ontario


Local: (613) 779-8633

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Whether it’s a casual night out or you’re planning for your next event, come check us out or give us call and make your reservations today!