Fredericton’s latest craft brewery is enjoying brisk business since opening its doors to customers on Canada Day and it expects to ramp up production considerably once some delayed brewery equipment arrives later this month.
Local beer fans have found a new downtown hangout at Gray Stone Brewing’s 221 King St. location, a classy, modern-looking space where people can sample the company’s hand-crafted West Coast-style ales along with 18 full-flavoured beers from other New Brunswick craft breweries and two ciders from Red Rover Brewing.
So far Gray Stone’s Devil’s Peak Black IPA and the Patagonia Pale Ale have been popular. In fact, the brewery briefly sold out of its Pale Ale, though the supply has since been replenished.
Wes Ward, the owner and operator of Gray Stone Brewing, said that after months of hard labour and planning, he’s pleased to see so many people enjoying the new space.
“It’s been unbelievable. We’ve had a great response. People are coming in and giving us lots of good comments,” he said. “We’re really pleased.”
For now, the brewery isn’t offering patrons growler fills. Instead, it’s selling beers by the glass, or to go in the form of 32-ounce crowlers – portable cans that are filled with draught and sealed at the counter for home enjoyment.
In order to maintain a steady supply, Ward is trying to limit the volume of beer leaving the premises until he’s able to obtain all of his brewing equipment.
“That’s definitely our biggest challenge right now, keeping up with the demand,” he said.
“That’s why we’re only selling crowlers, not growlers. We don’t want to turn people away. But we do want to limit what’s going out. We want everyone to be able to taste our beer and we’re trying to manage our supply a little bit. That’ll change once we get our full system in place and we can up our production.”
So when will his new tanks arrive?