Investment to help microbrewery expand28 July 2016
EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault, a microbrewery that produces Belgian-inspired craft beer with a Madawaska County twist, has expanded to increase its brewing capacity, thanks to support from the provincial and federal governments.
“We are pleased to be a partner as Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault distinguishes itself among its peers and grows to meet the increasing demands of its clientele,” said Economic Development Minister Francine Landry, who is also minister responsible for Opportunities NB. “We look forward to seeing the continued success of entrepreneurs who are making their mark in northern New Brunswick.”
The project includes the addition of new reservoirs and a chilling system, as well as leasehold improvements to support an expansion. The improvements are expected to help the microbrewery accommodate group events and increase its production by about 30 per cent.
“It is important to support companies in their critical growth stages as they continue to do their part to help strengthen the regional economy,” said Madawaska-Restigouche MP René Arseneault. “The federal government is pleased to be working with Les Brasseurs du Petit-Sault to help them increase production and meet the demand they have created for their specialty products.”
Arseneault attended the event for federal Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, who is also minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
“We have dedicated ourselves to making quality products,” said André Léger, general manager of the company. “Thanks to our shareholders, as well as the provincial government’s Northern Fund, Opportunities NB and ongoing support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, we are growing so that we can increase production and add a taproom to continue to build on the success we have created.”
The federal government has provided a repayable contribution of $100,000 in the project through ACOA’s Business Development Program. The provincial government has invested a total of $50,000 through Opportunities NB and the Northern New Brunswick Economic Development and Innovation Fund. The brewery’s 82 community shareholders have also invested $175,000 in the expansion.