Tuesday, September 20, 2011

WHAT DO YOU THINK??? Does Antigonish really need a brewpub?

Okay folks, it's crunch time. We're getting closer to pinning down our location and getting our funding in place, but right now WE NEED YOUR HELP! We believe Antigonish really needs a cozy little brewpub with great beer, great food, great service, and great atmosphere. But maybe we're wrong? We need to be able to demonstrate this demand, assuming it really exists, to possible lenders and investors. This is where you come in: If you also think Antigonish could do with a proper cozy little pub, please take a few minutes to fill out our anonymous online survey and let us know! Feel free to forward it to friends, relatives, coworkers, and anyone else you think might be interested. The more responses we get, the better.

Okay, here is the link – we'd appreciate if you could fill out the survey ASAP. If you have any problems accessing it, please let us know.

Antigonish Brewpub Survey

Also, for those of you who have expressed interest in growing your own hops, or are considering growing hops commercially, we're pleased to offer the notes from last month's Hop Growing Workshop, hosted by ACORN in Cornhill, NB. The workshop leader, Ron Godin, of Colorado State University, is very generous with his knowledge, there is quite a lot of information here. The link below will take you to his webpage, and the links to the workshop notes and other hop growing info are found on the right hand side of the page. Terry just harvested his Cascade hops, and got a pretty good yield for the first year – maybe 3 shopping bags full? They're currently drying in his studio and filling the whole little house with their heady aroma...

Hop Workshop notes

And a final note: registration for the amazing, inspiring event that is the ACORN Annual Conference and Trade Show has begun! this year the conference will be held in NOVEMBER (not March), and in Dartmouth, NS. Over 40 workshops will happen over this 2 1/2 day event, featuring a series of streams on Self-Sufficiency, Financial Profitability, Livestock Management, Eating In Season, Farming In The City and many, many more! There will also be a kickoff party at the Khyber, in downtown Halifax, great guest speakers, an incredible organic harvest meal, and a Seedy Sunday event. For more information, see here.

Well, that's about all for now. Thanks again for your interest and support, and don't forget to fill out the survey!

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