After a few setbacks and some unanticipated delays (see global pandemic), Cornwall finally has a brewery to call its own. Now I am particularly biased towards this little brewery—as it is mine.
First conceived two years ago, Village Green has opened its doors to embrace beer drinkers with its unique nano-brewery and taproom in the centre of the growing town.
Located at 30 Church Street, the rather unassuming little brick building originally served as a post office for Cornwall and outlying communities. Once the mail demand outgrew the space, the post office relocated. Then it became the Cornwall Dental Clinic for over three decades. Once vacant, I began gutting the interior to prepare for construction and the installation of a brewing system that produces 250 litre batches of beer. The interior renovations were tackled by Jordan and John Stetson of Freetown, and their work really helped elevate the look of the space.
The brewing system itself was a custom design I developed while working alongside my friends at East Arc Metalworks of Vernon River, started by fabricators Ryan Court and Calvin Harris. Like myself, they started their own business in 2018 when our previous employer went into receivership. I was thrilled to have them build the equipment for Village Green. Supporting local business should be a priority for all local businesses.
We opened the doors of Village Green mid-October with guest taps showcasing beers from other breweries across PEI. The quality of beer produced by Island brewers is something that deserves much praise, in my opinion. There will always be draft lines devoted to beers produced by other brewers and one tap will always pour cider for those who can not, or choose not, to drink beer. Cider producers such as Riverdale Orchard and Red Island Cider do terrific work and we are pleased to showcase their products.
Village Green’s beers—brewed on site—started off with a Blonde Ale and a Pale Ale, with an IPA coming shortly after. As things progress and the brewing system and brewer (yours truly) get more acquainted, you can anticipate a variety of different beers coming out of our taps.
For the most part we want guests to come and get a glass of beer in the cozy taproom. We will be offering growler fills of the beers brewed on site and encourage people to bring in clean growlers to be filled. We won’t be selling our own branded growlers, as anyone who enjoys purchasing growlers probably has a few kicking around their home. In early 2021, we should be rolling out small runs of canned beer to be purchased on site.
The beers brewed will mainly be available at Village Green. A few kegs will make their way into Charlottetown. One location that will definitely be pouring beer from Village Green is HopYard on Kent Street. The entire HopYard family has been very supportive in the establishment of Village Green and are champions of promoting the Maritime brewers.
Village Green carries some items for snacking and we are fortunate enough to have Holy Fox Food Truck parked next door. We encourage you to try out their dishes, and you are more than welcome to bring them in to the taproom to eat while having a beer.
We look forward to having you stop in for a pint and a chat. In these unusual times, the sanctity of the community pub provides a refuge from the world outside. At times, worries may creep into conversation, but fortunately we have a solution that can ease any of these concerns… BEER!
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