Richard Courneyea has been a prominent Belleville, Ontario business man for years. It used to be a treat to stop in his Richard Davis men’s wear store on Front Street just to see him dressed as if he’d walked out of GQ magazine. But for the last few years he has been dreaming about getting out of the clothing business and reopening the old Corbyville Distillery site. The long term goal was a craft distillery but he would start with a craft brewery.
Two years of road construction on Front Street in downtown Belleville was the incentive he needed to shift gears and follow his dream. Today, I saw Belleville’s formerly best dressed man in cargo shorts, a beer shirt and far more gray hairs than when I saw him last, but he was glowing with happiness. His craft brewery opened July 23 and a week later his patio has been full of customers drinking in the beer, the ambiance and the view with equal relish. Continue reading