Everyone knows about New Brunswick brewery success stories like Moosehead, or early craft breweries like Picaroon’s in Fredericton and Pumphouse in Moncton, but New Brunswickers might be surprised to learn that the province’s craft beer industry is hopping in every corner of the province, creating hundreds of direct and indirect jobs.
Petit Sault in Edmundston is one of the brewers setting the standard. Based out of the city’s old police station, in a region long known for being a hub of Prohibition-era bootlegging, Petit Sault won numerous accolades at the Canadian Brewing Awards. Its La Kedgwick pilsner, made with water from the Iroquois river basin, has been named one of the top three pilsners in Canada.
Other small-town breweries have been following in Petit Sault’s footsteps. Big Axe Brewery, which opened in 2014 alongside the Saint John River in Nackawic, has provided upscale Fredericton restaurants and rural tourists alike with seven varieties of beer since its inception. With a second location currently being constructed, the future looks bright for Big Axe.
leveraged local ingredients and tourist enthusiasm into successful businesses
Restigouche County has gotten into the game as well. Shiretown Beer and Savoie’s Brewhouse, both located in Charlo, have leveraged local ingredients and tourist enthusiasm into successful businesses. Brewer Derek Leslie of Shiretown sources honey, hops and wild blueberries from right down the street for his distinctive and oft-imitated beers. That creates good local jobs in spinoff industries.