In the 1800s, toboggan clubs existed all over London, attracting visitors from around the world—including famed author Mark Twain.

Uniquely tied to the Forest City’s brewing history and appetite for winter activity, toboggan clubs featuring massive wooden ramps were built all over London--including sites at the original Carling Brewery on Ann Street and beside the original Labatt Brewery on Simcoe Street. The most impressive ramp of the era was a 485 foot long double chute, located a block down the street from what is now Toboggan Brewing Company.

A life-long London resident whose experience providing the city with fun, food, and drink spans four decades, Toboggan Brewing Company founder, Mike Smith, opted to name his new brewery after the fun-loving spirit that typified our city’s early toboggan clubs.

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