Thank you so much for your interest in our brewery. Our FAQ section has been designed to answer the questions we receive most commonly. If you have a question that is not answered here please feel free to email us. We are always happy to hear from our supporters!
Frequently Asked Questions
Reservations can only be made for groups of 10 or more.
Please note, reservations for Trivia, Music Bingo or Buck a Shuck Oysters are also only made for groups of 10 or more. We have strict rules regarding these reservations in order to ensure we are compliant with the Fire Code/AGCO laws and equitable to those who want to join us for games nights. Please contact us if you have any questions about our policies or would like to make a reservation. Otherwise, the games seating is are first come, first served.
We host semi-private functions up to 80 people with no rental fees. A deposit and minimum spend is required (some restrictions apply).
Please email us for availability, pricing and our event policies.
Private functions can be booked at Descendants, we call them "Brewery Buy-Outs". A Buy-Out includes the entire building and has a maximum capacity of 135 people. We do not book Buy-Outs for groups of less than 80 guests. There is a fee and minimum spend for Buy-Outs. Keep in mind we do limit how often we book Buy-Outs so it's best to book early.
We do not book Buy-Outs on Saturday afternoons.
Please Note: We do have a separate menu for special events catering. We do not allow outside food to be brought into the brewery with the exception of celebratory cakes.
Stag & Does: Stag & Does are welcome at Descendants. Stag & Does are required to book a Brewery Buy-Out for any group over 80 people. Ontario liquor laws and Descendants do not allow Stag & Does to bring in outside liquor and we do not allow outside food.
Yes. We are in the beer selling business, so we are happy to sell beer in glass with another breweries logo on it. Our concern is cleanliness and flavour. We do not want your beer to become infected or develop off flavours because the container wasn't cleaned properly. We really don't want you to be upset because the beer isn't quite right when it was the growler at fault. For those reasons, please ensure your growler is cleaned and stored properly. We will refuse to fill growlers that are not sufficiently clean or have damage.
As of January 12th, 2018 we no longer accept growler returns. All growlers are purchased rather than deposit given.
We appreciate your interest in and enthusiasm for our brewery. We are approached on a daily basis by many worthwhile charities to make both financial contributions and donations in kind. Due to the fact that we are a young, small business we cannot afford to donate to all who approach us. We prefer to work with local, Kitchener and Waterloo Region charities. We regularly work with Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region and OneRoof.
It is important to note that we have a policy of not sponsoring child/youth specific groups, teams, or organizations. We appreciate that these are worthwhile groups and we wish them well. We do not want to be perceived as marketing to children/youth. Thank you for your understanding.
**Please note: We do not donate to personal fundraising such as a Stag and Does. Due to the volume of requests we receive regarding personal fundraising, we will no longer respond to these requests via email or otherwise.
We have over 20 parking spots. We ask that you park in a respectful manner. We do not condone parking at any neighbouring businesses without their expressed consent. If our lot is full we recommend street parking on St. Leger St. and Ellen St., both are very nearby. There are also 3 City Parking Lots at City Centre Park (across from Centre in the Square). According to Google maps these lots are approximately 550 meters away.
Here's a map to all downtown parking. The lots at City Centre are listed www.kitchener.ca/en/resourcesGeneral/Documents/DSD_TRANSPORT_downtown_parking_map.pdf
Although Descendants has parking, we do ask people to be responsible and take a cab, public transit, ride share or plan a ride if they intend to drink. We do not endorse or promote parking at any of our neighbouring businesses without expressed permission. Descendants is not responsible for your vehicle being towed or ticketed should you park in any unauthorized location.
YES! You can park overnight. We never want anyone to drive after they've been drinking. You can leave your car in our lot over night until 11:00 am the next morning. Vehicles left on site after 11:00 am risk being towed.
Yes. Our facility is all on one floor. We have a wheelchair accessible washroom and our tables are designed so wheelchairs can pull up to them. Our staff have all received the AODA training as designated by the Government of Ontario. Our staff are always willing to assist any customer, please just ask.
You can view or AODA Policy here.
Yes. Descendants is family friendly. We often have family friendly events planned which includes children's specials and entertainment.
We ask that small children be monitored while on site. We have a change table in our yellow, accessible washroom, we have two high chairs, many games and colouring activities. Should you need anything for your children please ask our staff to assist you.
Children under 19 years of age are welcome to stay until 10:00 pm in the bierhalle and 11:00 pm for semi-private & private functions.
Youth can attend our trivia and other games. They must be accompanied by an adult at all times. We ask that you use your best judgement but that children who would be out past their bedtime would be best left to get some sleep.
Descendants is open all holidays except Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If we are booked out for a private function it will be posted on our Social Media. The Bottle Shop remains open during all functions and closes at 11:00 pm. Each year we are closed for the first few days of January. In 2019 we will be closed January 1-2 and we will re-open on January 3rd, 2020 at 4:00 pm.
Our location has a full bar, eatery, retail store and event space! We offer tours of the brewery upon request. We have corn hole boards for our guests to use and many games. We also have events/promotions going on most nights of the week, such as Music Bingo, TV Trivia, Trivial Dispute, Buck a Shuck Oysters, and live music. Check out our Events Calendar for more information.
Yes! We have a full bar rail. We serve our own beer, guest taps, craft cider, wine and spirits. We strive to support the local craft beverage industry whenever we can, by serving their products. We often carry Dixon's Distillery and KW Craft Cider.
We serve we can serve many cocktails as "virgin" options and kombucha is on tap. We also have juice, and pop. Water is always available on the bar, self service.
Yes we do! We do prefer that tours be pre-booked in order to ensure we have staff to accommodate your group.
As beer styles are always changing it's best if you contact us directly to see what is available. Please email email@example.com or call 226-241-3700 with 5 business days notice to request a keg rental.
Descendants does not guarantee availability of any beer styles.
Please note: Our staff will not inquire as to how you are getting the beer out of the keg. We do not rent out jockey boxes or picnic taps. We do know that some TBS locations offer keg tapping options for rent. Should you require keg tapping equipment, we recommend you secure the equipment before purchasing a keg from us.
All kegs are required to be returned in a timely fashion. The date of return will be stipulated on your rental contract.
*All keg rentals are subject to a deposit.
*All prices and deposits are subject to change.
Maybe! The best way to know is to follow our social media and Indeed.ca ! If we are hiring, we will be looking for flexible, fun, energetic, beercentric, responsible people with a great attitude, regardless of the position.
We do not accept paper copies of resumes. All resumes must be submitted digitally.
Descendants strives to hire individuals with a variety of backgrounds and strengths. We believe a team with diverse backgrounds makes us stronger. Candidates do not have to be beer experts to work here. We ask that you have an interest in beer, a passion for learning and a desire to offer excellent customer service.
We do not allow outside food to be brought into our brewery. The only exception is celebratory cakes with special events venue booking and with expressed approval.
Nuts are never allowed in the brewery.
Our beer can be found in our Retail Store, LCBO, and various licensees, surrounding Waterloo Region.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you shortly.
Emails are responded to during regular business hours. If you require immediate assistance please call the brewery at 226-241-3700.
Unfortunately, no. We accept cash, debit, Mastercard and VISA.
Unfortunately, no. We understand that you love your dog and we agree, dogs can be super cool, fun pets. We do not allow animals, outside of service animals, to come to our brewery for 2 reasons.
1. We are a beverage production facility.
2. You know, love and trust your dog but not everyone else does. Many people are not comfortable with dogs and other pets. For the felt sense of safety of all our patrons we ask that you not bring your dog into our facility.