|There's a lot of beer out there.|
At least around this neck of the woods, beer drinkers remain thirsty for more. Just this past month, the KW region saw the opening of a new brewery to add to our already sizable collection, and so far (at least from this humble and not entirely-sober blogger has seen), the response has been terrific.
Block Three Brewing opened its doors on the last day of August right in the heart of downtown St. Jacob's, and so far the response has been terrific. Tucked away just behind Benjamin's restaurant in the north end of the downtown core, Block Three hasn't eluded the attentions of either local beer geeks (like yours truly) or curious passers-by. Just down the stairs you'll find a large room filled with local artwork and the smell of freshly sawed wood, with a fridge full of growlers and bottles, and a good-sized bar where someone is waiting to offer a free sample or two, or perhaps a full pint ($5), or a growler fill. After a massive opening weekend in which most of the beer was sold out, (which is about the best kind of problem you can have as a new brewery, I suppose!), folks have been coming back for more. The village, a major local tourism destination known for its farmer's market and charming downtown full of art galleries, quilt shops, antiques and restaurants, was enthusiastic about the idea of opening a brewery, and so the township helped Phil Hipkiss, Derek Lebert, Graham Spence and Bryan Maher find a suitable location in which to get their brewing started. The town's restaurants have embraced their new neighbor; as you walk down King Street, signs on the sidewalk proudly proclaim that either the King Street Saison or Sugar Bush Maple are available on tap. Elsewhere in the region, craft beer bars have also chosen to give this new brewery some love by having their latest offerings on tap. It's been wonderful to see.
What I particularly like about Block Three - besides the prospect of having a brewery that does growlers a mere ten minute drive from my house, and one that is generous with their free samples - is that their opening lineup of beers are not your standard lineup of brews, and instead represent a more eclectic range of styles that feature local ingredients. Instead of a light lager, or amber ale, or even the dreaded American IPA (which every brewery seems obligated to produce), the first brews from Block Three have been a Belgian-inspired saison, King Street Saison, which weighs in at a lighter-than-usual 4.6%, and Sugar Bush Brown, which despite using local maple syrup (which this area has in spades), isn't overly sweet, and more resembles a dry English brown.
|New additions to the Block Three lineup|
It looks like it has been a great start for the region's newest craft brewery, and I wish them all the best!