TRURO - Things are brewing at one local establishment that will see a new concept incorporated into the business.
The Nook will soon have a hole in its floor for a new brew pub.
"It just makes sense. We are known for our craft beers," said Derek Forsyth, who owns both the Nook and Cranny on Prince Street in Truro with Monique Gallant. "When you think about eat local, drink local and enjoy local, you can't eat beer, but you can certainly drink it and enjoy it, so this fits in with those two and we will keep it as local as much as we can."
This spring, the Nook will install four stainless steel fermenting tanks in the back of the business. Customers to the establishment will be able to see what's going on, as a glass wall will be erected with the counter to showcase the brew pub.
"This will allow us to make our own (beer) recipes," said Forsyth. "We will have three brands on. We will have a core brand, which will be a safe, light, crisp, clear beer that people won't be afraid to have."
The second, he said, will be for dark beer lovers, with a third on a rotating basis.
"The third is incredibly cool. It will be a wheat-based, rotating fruity beer, and the fruit will be sourced locally," the owner said, noting blueberries will be purchased from Oxford Blueberries, strawberries and watermelon from Riverbreeze Farm, and cranberries from one of Forsyth's business contacts at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus for the autumn months. Apples, and possibly even pears, will come from producers in the Annapolis Valley.
The hardware for the Nook and Cranny Brew Co. is already on order, with preparation for installation beginning early in May. Installation will begin later that month, with Forsyth hoping the first beer will be tapped in June.
Customers to the Nook and Cranny will be able to enjoy the craft beer on site, with beer being as fresh as it can get from the tank. Growlers and even grunters will be available, and thanks to the license from the provincial Alcohol and Gaming Division, retail growlers will be available for those wishing to take it home.
"That's what I'm really stoked about," said Forsyth, about the possibility of customers taking the product home.
The Nook and Cranny will be working with brewmaster Brian Watson, a New Zealand native who has opened breweries worldwide.
Three of the staff members will take a beer education course, with the hopes to become beer sommeliers in the future.
"We want to be as educated as possible about our beer," Forsyth said. "We need to make sure our beer is as good, if not better, than what we already have on tap."