UPPER FALMOUTH, NS – More than 150 years after it was originally built as a schoolhouse, an historic building in the village of Upper Falmouth, Nova Scotia will soon be home to a new nanobrewery.
The building has been owned for several years by Cameron Hartley, who has renovated it and lives there with his wife and daughter. Hartley is a long time homebrewer, but he now has plans to move his Schoolhouse Brewery project into commercial mode starting early next year.
With a mission statement promising that the brewery will be “committed to crafting uncompromising quality beers in an environmentally and ethically responsible way,” Hartley plans to launch Schoolhouse with a trio of brands – a 4.5% abv chocolate porter called Chequers Ale, a 5% abv cream ale called Principal Ale, and the 6% abv Hop Head Harvest Ale which will be brewed using hops grown in the Schoolhouse Brewery Hop Yard at Castle Frederick Farms.
Aiming to be open in April 2014, Schoolhouse will concentrate on keg sales to local pubs and restaurants, and monthly growler sales at the Wolfville Farmers Market.