Liam Bulger [photo: Bryan Carver]

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Talking with beer crafters on PEI: Liam Bulger

The Brewer | Bryan Carver

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In the hills of Rose Valley sits a rather unassuming barn that looks over the rolling meadows of neighbouring farms. For a decade this barn has been home to one of Atlantic Canada’s most fabled breweries—Barnone.

Founded by the father and son team of Hughie and Don Campbell, Barnone Brewery opened in 2011, becoming the second brewery to open on Prince Edward Island within the last few decades. With an aim to brew beer and grow their own hops, Don and Hughie gained a great reputation for hosting weekly growler nights and music events in the barns loft. 

Sadly, Hughie passed away in 2015 leaving Don to run the business, and through the pandemic, Don decided to take a break in operating the brewery. Ultimately, Don found new partners and stepped away from operation, making way for a new brewer to step into the role of overseeing Barnone’s brewing. 

Fortunately, the Barnone owner group found a great candidate for their new head brewer in Liam Bulger. 

Growing up in Richmond PEI, Liam enjoyed watching his father make beer at home from an early age. He became intrigued with the process and wanted to learn more. Studying biochemistry at Mount Allison University layed a great foundation for Liam to take his brewing knowledge to a higher level. He registered in the Brewery Operations Management course at Niagara College in Ontario and spent the summer prior working at Evermoore Brewing in Summerside as a brewery assistant. In between semesters at Niagara, Liam worked as a brewer at Upstreet in Charlottetown. Once his schooling was complete in Ontario, Liam landed a position at PEI Brewing Company as a Shift Brewer. Shortly into his time brewing on Kensington Road, Liam was approached by the new Barnone ownership group about taking on the role of Head Brewer in Rose Valley. 

In his new role at Barnone, Liam has made a few tweaks to the original recipes which have seen a brand refresh and relaunch: Back Forty IPA, a West Coast inspired IPA with a firm bitterness; Riptide Lager, a crisp refreshing lager; and Without a Doubt Milk Stout. 

Through the shoulder seasons Liam plans to have a few one-off brews to offer as well. Make sure to follow Barnone Brewery social media channels so you don’t miss out on their great events and beers.

Bryan CarverThe BrewThe Brewer