Tap­ping the market

‘If you’re go­ing to get wet, it’s just as well to go swim­ming’

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@gan­der­bea­con.ca

Gander mi­cro­brew­ery near­ing com­ple­tion.

En­ter­ing the Roe Av­enue lo­ca­tion of Scu­d­run­ner Brew­ing, there was a flurry of ac­tiv­ity last week as a crew from Burling­ton, Ont. com­pleted the in­stal­la­tion of large, stain­less steel fer­ment­ing tanks for the soonto-be-opened mi­cro­brew­ery.

The fabri­ca­tion crew man­u­fac­tured the tanks and brew house, and shipped them to Gander for assem­bly.

Af­ter tak­ing over the build­ing on June 1, Scu­d­run­ner founders Sam New­man and Dave Jer­rett set to work pre­par­ing the brew­ery, tear­ing up floor­ing, adding plumb­ing, get­ting an in­su­lated cold room in place, and work­ing on elec­tri­cal up­grades, along with other work re­quired to ready the build­ing for the in­stal­la­tion.

It’s a long way from the small batch brew­ing the two started with more than four years ago, and the Scu­d­run­ner crew is hope­ful ev­ery­thing will be ready within the next two weeks to start the brew­ing process. An of­fi­cial open­ing is ex­pected within the next month.

“It’s been a big un­der­tak­ing, but we are very ex­cited about this,” said New­man. “I’ve al­ways said if you’re go­ing to get wet, it’s just as well to go swim­ming.

“So in­stead of do­ing a onebar­rel sys­tem, we went with a full-on brew­ery, and it makes a bet­ter busi­ness case and bet­ter sense to the com­mu­nity.”

When opened, Scu­d­run­ner will fo­cus on five key brews, and will have brew­ing ca­pac­ity of up to 6,000 litres – two 1,000litre sin­gle batch tanks, and two 2,000-litre dou­ble batch tanks.

The com­pany is also work­ing on pro­duc­ing char­i­ta­ble brews for spe­cial func­tions.

The busi­ness model will in­clude dis­tri­bu­tion through tap at the brew­ery, along with hav­ing cans and kegs avail­able for pur­chase.

An agree­ment has been reached with the New­found­land and Labrador Liquor Cor­po­ra­tion to shelve the prod­uct at lo­ca­tions through­out the prov­ince.

Along with be­ing able to en­joy a pint fresh from the tap, Scu­d­run­ner Brew­ing will also be branch­ing out into cans and kegs.

PHOTOS BY ADAM RAN­DELL/ THE BEA­CON

Scu­d­run­ner Brew­ing founders Sam New­man, left, and Dave Jer­rett next to fer­ment­ing tanks be­ing in­stalled ear­lier this week at the soon-to-beopened mi­cro­brew­ery in Gander.

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