EMBRUN -- The Embrun brewery, Tuque de Broue, in Embrun, has had a constant stream of visitors and impressive sales since the company's soft opening in late June.
The owners have had to order two more fermenters so they can double their output. They need to have one fermenter brewing their most popular beer, Tuque Dorée, at all times. At the brewery customers can buy one or more of the brewery's five beer varieties, including Gougnes Rousses, Barbe Blanche, La Cavalerie D'houblions or Simcoe Bay IPA, and have sample tastes.
Owners Nicolas Malbeouf and wife Margo, who are local residents, as well as their nine staff members, currently brew about 1,900 litres per week.
They feel fortunate as they have been able to find a local source for hops, and have a farmer who takes their spent grain for feeding livestock.
The brewery itself is spic and span, with white walls and gleaming stainless steel equipment. Malboeuf was involved in wineries before taking up this job, taught at Algonquin and La Cité Collegiale, and sold Peller wines. "I realized the interest in beer," he said. "Most of the process is similar. The keys are fermentation control and cleanliness."
Tuque de Broue was scheduled to host their grand opening July 23 with free beer samples, brewery tours, and a barbecue from the Gourmet Academy, with Russell Township Mayor Pierre Leroux expected also to brew a batch of beer.