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Thursday, March 15, 2018

New Scotland Brewing Co. to open this summer

Kevin and Scott Saccary of New Scotland Clothing have landed a location for their beer business.

Posted By on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 2:20 PM

  • Geoff Creighton

Kevin Saccary of New Scotland Clothing Co. wants his upcoming brewing company to reflect the same qualities as his clothing venture: “We strive to make a really high-quality product, locally-focused.”

Kevin co-owns New Scotland Clothing with his brother Scott Saccary, and the pair are teaming up with brewer Mike Gillespie for New Scotland Brewing Co. The idea of making beer under the New Scotland brand started floating around not long after the clothing line initially launched. 

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“We just always pictured being in a local Nova Scotia pub or something and having our rampant lion symbol on top of a tap,” says Kevin. “We always envisioned that and that was always driving us to try to do this.”

After some research, the Saccarys discovered that there was a New Scotland Brewing Co. in Pictou County—but it no longer existed, so they were free to trademark the title. That was more than two years ago.

“So it’s been almost a three-year idea that’s finally coming to light.”

The Saccarys recently secured a location for their brewery and taproom (91 Alderney Drive), which Kevin says was their biggest challenge. They’re next steps are ordering equipment, executing their floor plan and getting the ball rolling in hopes of an early July opening. “You can come in and you’re literally going to be sitting and having a beer—probably next to some fermenters.” explains Kevin, describing the open concept. It won’t be a full-fledged restaurant, but there will be snacks and sandwiches available. On top of that, there will be a stage for acoustic entertainment.

Prospective customers can expect a slew of traditional Scottish beer on offer, as well as a cider and other signature beers. “We’re going to be dabbling in other things too, but we haven’t fully nailed those plans down yet,” says Kevin.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Bishop's Cellar gets a growler filling station

The craft beer is a-flowing down at Bishop's Landing

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 4:16 PM

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"We’ve always been big craft beer fans since day one," says Bishop's Cellar (1477 Lower Water Street) general manager Matt Rogers. The booze boutique, and its staff, celebrate bringing that fandom to the next level with the launch of its new state-of-the-art, straight from the keg, growler filling station—it launches today.

"Right now we make an effort to stock every craft beer in Nova Scotia on the shelf, but that doesn’t include the brewers who aren’t big enough, or haven’t chosen to go into package yet," says Rogers. "This gives us an opportunity to have even more selection from Nova Scotia on tap, as well as feature speciality and experimental brews."

With the help of what he calls "the trifecta"—Breakhouse for design, Five by Five for renovations and Beer Tech's Ken Greer for draught tap wizardry—Bishop's Cellar's custom walk-in fridge/keg room now offers up five taps, to fill two growler sizes (1 and 1.89 litre). "It's the first of its kind, a tap system specifically for growlers," says Rogers, adding that custom-made growler filling tubes and flow regulators "pour the perfect growler".

The starting line-up for Bishop's taps includes Garrison's Coast to Coastless collaboration, Good Robot's Crown on the Ground steam, Granite Brewery's Hopping Mad IPA, Propeller's Halifornia Common and Tatamagouche Brewing Company's red, but watch for many other local breweries, as well as special one-offs along the way. The primary focus is of course to highlight Nova Scotia's breweries, but you'll be able to get a taste of some other Canadian craft brewers as well. Stay in the know about what's on tap via bishopscellar.com/beer, the list will be updated as soon as each keg runs dry.

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