Charlottetown brothers open 'holy' brewery in old New Brunswick church
Peter and Jeff Grandy open brewery and café in former United church near Fundy National Park
Never before have beer and church gone so well together, according to Peter Grandy.
Grandy and his brother Jeff are converting an old church into the Holy Whale Brewery, a café and brewery in the picturesque village of Alma, New Brunswick.
Jeff recently went to Olds College in Alberta to become a brewmaster, while Peter is a mechanical engineer. Both are putting their skills to good use in their dream project.
Located in the decommissioned St. Stephen's United Church, Grandy said the business takes it name from its unique location in a church and because the Fundy coast is known for its whale sightings.
Jeff said the church suited their needs and can easily accommodate brew tanks inside its spacious interior without knocking out any floors.
"We looked into the logistics of doing it and it was almost too good to be true," he said.
Once they see the finished project they'll be pretty pleased with it, because we really are trying to maintain the character of the church.- Jeff Grandy
The old church has a deep connection to the community. It was rebuilt in 1932 after a fire and the names of those who donated money to resurrect the building from the ashes are etched in the stained glass windows.
There's lot of interest from locals in the project, said Jeff.
The brothers are restoring the old pews for seating and they're also keeping the church bell to signal happy hour, and they're working on a plan to keep the church organ, as well.
Jeff Grandy said he expects the café to be open by the end of the summer, offering up brews from around the Maritimes.
The brothers plan to start construction on their own brewery this fall, with the goal to of serving their own suds early next year.
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