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Micro-brewery is coming to Jarvis

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Jeff and Shannon Bunton of Cayuga plan to open the Concession Road Brewery Co. and tap room in the former fire hall in downtown Jarvis this fall. They are the first craft brewers to hang a shingle in Haldimand. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

Jeff and Shannon Bunton of Cayuga plan to open the Concession Road Brewery Co. and tap room in the former fire hall in downtown Jarvis this fall. They are the first craft brewers to hang a shingle in Haldimand. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

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Haldimand County will welcome its first craft brewery sometime this fall.

 

Jeff and Shannon Bunton, of Cayuga, have leased space in the former Jarvis fire hall on Talbot Street East and are fitting it out as a brewery and tap room. The name of their company is Concession Road Brewery.

A serious home brewer for a number of years, Jeff Bunton got to know people in the business. He and his wife decided to act when a load of good brewing equipment from the Mash Paddle Brewery in Brantford came up for sale.

“It’s a matter of plug and play – bringing the equipment from that location in Brantford and hooking it up,” Bunton said Friday. “I don’t have the formal training, but I like to think I have a good understanding of the process. I’m a chemical operator. I mix industrial chemicals all day where I work, so I know something about that.

“But I have so much to learn. We’re not perfect. There will be challenges. But we are original.”

There are no wineries in Haldimand because the clay-heavy soil is not conducive to vineyards. The Bains Road Cider Co. of Dunnville makes hard cider and fruit wine.

The Buntons arrived in Cayuga from Hamilton five years ago. Shannon Bunton is a photographer, who is busy most weekends shooting weddings.

“We wanted a little more property, a little more nature and a little more community,” Shannon Bunton said of the couple’s move to Cayuga. “We love it here. We’re never going back.”

The Buntons have several favourite recipes they will unveil at the outset.

Saison du Monde (Season of the World) will be a standing label featuring a variety of hops and local produce as it comes into season. The sky is the limit for the saisons, which can be flavoured with everything from maple syrup to peaches to cucumbers and any number of spices.

Jeff Bunton also has a favourite recipe for an Indian pale ale and a dark ale the couple has dubbed Downtown Betty Brown.

“There are a lot of opportunities for a brewery our size to do some really interesting stuff,” he said. “There are a lot of different things we want to play around with.”

The Buntons have their sights set on serving the local market. At the outset, they intend to brew about 3,000 litres a month.

Micro-breweries this size are too small to take on the responsibility of selling stock to the Beer Store or the LCBO. However, the Buntons are excited by their location near the intersection of Highways 3 and 6 and the large volume of traffic that passes by their shop.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com