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Talking with beer crafters on PEI: Bryan Carver

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It has been a long and strange journey to the opening of Village Green in Cornwall. Having landed work doing construction on the original Gahan Brewery on Walker Drive in Charlottetown, a lot of experience was gained in a few short years. 

The Gahan brand was growing rapidly, three 2000L tanks became four, which became the addition of four 10000L within a couple of years and the creation of the PEI Brewing Company, which soon moved to a large facility on Kensington Road. During this time, many days were also spent in the basement of the Gahan House, learning more about brewing and exploring various different styles of beer. 

Unfortunately, the opportunity to explore was replaced with the repetition of production and a decision was made to pursue a very different opportunity. A few long flights later, now in New Delhi, India helping a new brewery establish their facility, one of the first bottling craft breweries in that country. The experience in India forever shaped the way things were approached and allowed for a terrific learning experience. 

Returning back to PEI, in need of work, an opportunity arose to join the growing team at DME Brewing Solutions, manufacturers of brewing equipment that was shipping all over the world. This time at DME provided extensive travel across North America, installing and commissioning breweries in every corner of the continent. These trips gave great opportunities for talking directly with talented brewers, with a wide range of experience and strengths. The time at DME came to a sudden end in late 2018, when the company entered receivership, however this began the journey to opening Village Green in Cornwall.

The little brick building at the end of Church Street always stuck out as a beacon in the town of Cornwall. Originally built as a post office, it had spent the last few decades of its existence as home of the Cornwall Dental Clinic. Working closely with former colleagues from DME, who had opened their own small fabrication business, East Arc Metalworks, a small brewing system was designed and shoehorned into the little space available.

With the commissioning of the smallest brewery on PEI, the window of exploration in beer was swung wide open. Having officially opened the doors in October 2020, Village Green has had over 70 different beers pour through its taps in the tasting room. Be sure to stop in on any given week to see what different styles of beer are being explored at this unique community pub and brewery in Cornwall.

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