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Barnstormer lands in Alliston, offers “best flights in town”

September 30, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek

If you’re looking for a great place to eat, and a cold craft beer (or a flight of favourites), look no further than Barnstormer Brewpub & Bottle Shop on King Street in Alliston.

Open for the whole family to enjoy as of Thursday, September 16, Barnstormer offers craft beer, wine, cocktails, and elevated pub food made with the freshest ingredients.

“We pride ourselves on providing outstanding service and exceptional food and craft beer,” said owner Bernadine Quigley. “We are so happy to be part of the Alliston Community.”

Barnstormer now occupies the space previously home to the Coop Public House & Foodiary, and has seating both inside and out with a permanent patio space coming next summer.

Known for its beers on tap and in can, Barnstormer sells its own creations as well as those from other local breweries, and if you find one you like you’re in luck, because they also have beer to go.

The Alliston Barnstormer location is the second in the chain, with the parent restaurant operating from Barrie.

The second store was previously slated to open in Midland, but when plans fells through Quigley had to consider a new plan.

“I spent a lot of time in Alliston with my family growing up. My husband worked in Alliston for a long time, so we have many friends and family in the area,” Quigley told The Times. “We have noticed Alliston growing over the years and thought our brand we be a great fit to the community, as there is really not another restaurant quite like us in Alliston and surrounding area.”

The restaurant’s name has a story as unique as its offerings.

“One of the most fascinating periods of aviation history is the age of barnstorming in the 1920s. The end of World War I left many trained pilots out of work and itching to fly again. The military also had a surplus of aircraft, mostly the Curtiss JN-4 Biplane ‘Jenny’ biplanes, which they sold to former aviators and civilians for a fraction of their original price.

“The former pilots’ boredom and bravery combined with access to inexpensive planes eventually led to the rise of barnstorming as a wildly popular source of entertainment in the Roaring Twenties. Barnstorming earned its name from the aerobatic pilots who would land their light planes in fields and use local barns as venues for their impromptu airshows. Paying spectators would gather to watch these daring pilots attempt a variety of dangerous tricks. Daredevil stunt pilots would perform manoeuvres like spins, dives, loop-the-loops, and barrel rolls at dangerously low altitudes, and aerialists would attempt feats like wing walking, jumping from plane to plane, and even mid-air tennis matches. Not all barnstormers were former military men, however. Several famous stunt pilots were ordinary citizens, minorities, and women. Some barnstormers travelled in troupes called flying circuses, dazzling spectators with their coordinated mid-air routines,” said Quigley.

Barnstormer is located at 265 King Street North in Alliston, and is open seven days a week from noon until 10 p.m. For more information visit

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