Workers at Lower Cove quarry had feeling it was over
Dennis Shelley had the feeling the lockout at Lower Cove quarry was going to be over on Thursday even as votes were being counted inside while he took a little break outside.
Business partners Jennifer Galliott and Jim MacDonald of the Western Newfoundland Brewing Company delivered their first product to local clients for sale Friday.
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It’s starting out small, but Jim MacDonald hopes the nano-brewery he has helped establish will gain traction during the winter before reaching peak capacity.
MacDonald, along with his brother Norm MacDonald and Jennifer Galliott, have been working hard for the past year getting the Western Newfoundland Brewing Company up and running.
They tested the beer out at a client’s staff party recently and now it’s being brought to the rest of the world. Friday, they began delivering kegs of their first product to local venues for sale.
The two craft beers, Wild Cove Cream Ale and Killdevil Pale Ale, are now flowing through the draft taps at Marble Mountain and Madison’s Restaurant in Steady Brook and at Sorrento in Corner Brook.
The list of venues will expand even further when the company moves into Gros Morne this summer, said MacDonald.
The brewery can only produce one keg per batch and can make 6-8 batches a day. By comparison, said MacDonald, relatively small microbreweries elsewhere produce about 60 times more beer than what they currently do.
The difficulty of starting out on such a small scale, noted MacDonald, will be meeting the demand of the accounts. The hope is the nano-brewery will be in production nearly 24 hours per day, seven days a week, by the time the busy summer tourism season comes.
MacDonald is happy to finally be able to get their product to market and to see if the positive feedback they’ve received so far continues.
“We’re proud of ourselves that we’ve made it as far as we have and the future looks bright,” he said.
Besides making beer, the nano-brewery also employs five people besides the owners.