New Brunswick

Gray Stone Brewery opens its doors on Canada Day

Gray Stone Brewing adds to a growing community of craft beer and cider makers in the region. Owned by Wes Ward and his wife, Ashley.

The brewery opened its doors on Canada Day with two original brews, one with a sentimental namesake

Wes Ward at his new brewery, Gray Stone on King Street in Fredericton. (Catherine Harrop)

A new brewery opened its doors in Fredericton on Canada Day.

Gray Stone Brewing adds to a growing community of craft beer and cider makers in the region. It's owned by Wes Ward and his wife, Ashley.

Located at 221 King Street, they will be brewing small batches of hand crafted, west coast style ales. The location will feature seating at the taphouse, as well as patio lounge areas.

Right now they offer two brews, a dark IPA and a pale ale called Patigonia, named after the first time Ward and his brother spoke about starting a microbrewery, a conversation that happened 13 years ago while hiking in Patagonia.

"After three years of development and hard work, we are finally opening our doors and we couldn't be more excited for the city of Fredericton to stop in and try a pint of Gray Stone,"

Sarah Davidson and Ed Teale were some of the first in line when the doors opened.

"We're very much into supporting a local brewery and micro, craft beverage of all kinds, cideries, it's excellent," said Davidson.

Neil Burchill had a taste of the dark IPA, Devils Peak.
Gray Stone Brewing opened its doors on July 1. (Catherine Harrop)

"It's zippy for a stout, hints of chocolate, a little bit of coffee in it. I really like it. Refreshing."

Ward's brewing equipment had been delayed for five months. He says the other small breweries helped him with whatever he needed.

"Steven up at Grimross, and Paul at Maybee Brewing have been, I mean, we wouldn't be standing here today if it wasn't for them. We would have a building that was completed, and no beer," said Ward.

With files from Catherine Harrop


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