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