HopYard Beer Bar taps into Got­tin­gen Street

Craft beer and cheap eats from PEI ar­rive this sum­mer.

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Char­lot­te­town’s HopYard Beer Bar is head­ing off the Is­land. The pop­u­lar pub will open its first Nova Sco­tia lo­ca­tion at 2103 Got­tin­gen Street (the former Johanna B. Ooster­veld Cen­tre) some­time this sum­mer, bring­ing a bevy of craft beer, su­per-af­ford­able snacks and hun­dreds of records with it.

Brett Ho­gan and Mike Ross opened the orig­i­nal HopYard lo­ca­tion in 2016. The pair, who’d met through working with PEI Brew­ing Com­pany, wanted to cre­ate a space that cel­e­brated lo­cal beer, but scor­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally trained chef Jane Craw­ford was what Ho­gan calls a game-changer. “We spent a lot of time driv­ing around the Mar­itimes de­liv­er­ing beer and talk­ing about busi­ness ideas,” he says of his plans with Ross. “But once we found out we could get Jane, that sealed the deal.” Craw­ford’s known for her cre­atively themed $8 menus at HopYard, which en­cour­age shar­ing and change ev­ery two weeks, as well as her work at taco and tequila bar Sugar Skull Cantina.

Ho­gan and Ross searched for a spot on this side of Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge for eight months be­fore set­tling on the Got­tin­gen space, which is ac­tu­ally larger than the PEI bar, boast­ing 130 seats. “We ab­so­lutely love the lo­ca­tion,” says Ho­gan, adding that the space will be com­fort­ing, wel­com­ing and warm. “There are so many good restau­rants there, any time we get away from the is­land we always go to Hal­i­fax.” The sec­ond it­er­a­tion of HopYard will mir­ror Char­lot­te­town’s lo­ca­tion in of­fer­ings: 10 taps of craft, an ever-evolv­ing se­lec­tion of eats and 700 vinyl that cus­tomers can thumb through and bring to the bar­tender to play, ef­fec­tively DJing for the en­tire bar. Ho­gan and Craw­ford will make the move over to the city to help get the Got­tin­gen HopYard off the ground, Ho­gan says they’re aim­ing for a mid-sum­mer open­ing.

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Chef Jane Craw­ford’s $8 snack menu will ro­tate bi-weekly.

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