MACDOUGALL SETTLEMENT, NB – A new brewery focused on Belgian-style ales is now open in MacDougall Settlement, a small New Brunswick community located a half-hour north of Moncton.
Valonray Farmhouse Brewery has been founded by Philippe Fontaine, an engineer and former Canadian Armed Forces member, who has built the brewery from scratch on a farm that his been owned by his family for seven generations.
As reported by Atlantic Canada Beer Blog, Valonray opened this part Saturday with a line-up of five beers available, including a flagship Saison (5.9% abv, 36 IBU), Single (3.9% abv, 24 IBU), Tripel (9% abv, 36 IBU), Blonde Ale (6% abv, 19 IBU), and Pale Ale (5.5% abv, 21 IBU).
All of the current beers were open-fermented and bottle-conditioned with various strains of Saccharomyces. Over the next year, the brewery will shift to all-Brettanomyces brewing, and will release new versions of the initial brands, as well as a number of other beers.
Valonray beers are currently available exclusively at the brewery store, which is open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM on Fridays, and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturdays. Expanded retail hours and ANBL distribution are planned for coming months.