Brew­ery looks to start in Bay Roberts

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New­found­land and Labrador’s craft beer ex­plo­sion may soon have a foothold in Con­cep­tion Bay North.

Bac­calieu Trail Brew­ing Com­pany, owned by Mark Burry and Ju­lian Kean, is propos­ing to set up a brew­ery with five-bar­rel ca­pac­ity in Bay Roberts. The town coun­cil gave its ap­proval in prin­ci­ple last month, and now the pro­vin­cial en­vi­ron­ment de­part­ment is as­sess­ing the pro­posal.

If the ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore gov­ern­ment is ap­proved, the brew­ery would take own­er­ship of 1 Con­cep­tion Bay High­way in Bay Roberts, a com­mer­cial prop­erty lo­cated near the Shearstown Es­tu­ary pre­vi­ously used as a hair sa­lon and tan­ning stu­dio. The build­ing would be re­de­vel­oped to in­clude a tap­room for pa­trons to taste and pur­chase beer brewed and bot­tled on site.

While brew­ing would be a year-round ven­ture, the tap­room would only open sea­son­ally from May to Oc­to­ber. The site would pro­duce 1,300 bar­rels per year, equiv­a­lent to ap­prox­i­mately 152,500 litres.

The project was reg­is­tered with the De­part­ment of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs and En­vi­ron­ment Sept. 12. The dead­line for pub­lic com­ments on the pro­posal is Oct. 24, and a de­ci­sion from the min­is­ter is due Oct. 27.

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