Nova Scotia

Cape Breton microbrewery all set for April opening

Cape Breton's only microbrewery is on-track to be serving up pints in less than a month.

Signature brews include Cereal Killer Oatmeal Stout and Kitchen Party Pale Ale

A couple living just outside of Baddeck are growing organically certified hops and building a brew pub, giving Cape Breton its very own microbrewery. (Facebook)

Cape Breton's only microbrewery is on-track to be serving up pints in less than a month.

At Big Spruce Brewing, located just outside of Baddeck in Nyanza, brewing is underway on two flagship organic beers.

Over the weekend Jeremy White and his wife Melanie began brewing their Kitchen Party Pale Ale.

On Tuesday, the pair began the process of making their other signature beer, an oatmeal stout called "Cereal Killer" — which should be ready for the business’s launch in April.

The couple plans to sell their microbrewed beer in growlers — 1.89 litre refillable jugs — as well as on-tap at restaurants and bars across the province.

The pair moved to the Cape Breton farm in 2010, with a dream to open a brewery.

"I think the motivation was, A —  to be able to do something with our farm because we do produce a certain percentage of the organic hops that we use in our beer making here on the farm but also I saw a void in the market in Nova Scotia," said White.

They’re also planning to open a small restaurant on the restaurant’s second floor, run by Melanie, who is a chef.

"Our plan is to have the beers that Jeremy's brewing downstairs paired with some of the phenomenal local food and turn it into big five course meals or smaller more intimate pub evenings," said Melanie. "It'll be a variety throughout the year, as the food changes and as the beers downstairs change as well."

Shirley Warne is at the brewery, helping the White’s get their business off to a good start. Warne, who lives in Vancouver, has been in the microbrewery business for more than 25 years.

"He'll learn as he goes along, but consistency and cleanliness and having fun with it and being creative and he is a creative person so I think his beers are going to be great," she said.

The couple has been working hard trying to get everything just right.

"It's been inspiring since we moved here and we wanted to create a business that we could not only proudly call ours on this farm, but that Cape Bretoners could proudly call their own brewery," said White.

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