Part of a series about the Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market, written by Valerie Davies.
Erin and Andy Norman of Lazy Bear Brewing, Smith’s Cove
By Valerie Davies
A new addition to the winter market is Lazy Bear Brewing which brings in a different range of customers. Lazy Bear Brewing is owned by Erin and Andy Norman and they produce at present six different beers: Gut View Amber (English style) 4.9% at $6, Braunbar Honey Brown 5% at $7, Sissiboo Stout 5% at $7, Carolina Saison 5.5% at $7, The Once Over IPA (India Pale Ale) 5.8% and Folly Wild IPA 6.2% at $8. First time beer buyers purchase a 1 litre bottle plus the beer contents for $12 and return the bottles when they need a refill, paying whatever price for their desired type. Last year they won an award for their Honey Brown in the Fruit and Field Category at the Atlantic Canada Brewing Awards. Presently Amber seems the most popular with customers.
Andy is by profession an engineer, Erin has a Masters degree in food chemistry from Dalhousie University specializing in food science and processing. She learned how to brew and make wine as part of her Masters. Erin came from NB in 2000, but she and Andy have only been in Smiths Cove for just over a year. They met while working in Dartmouth at DSM (formerly Ocean Nutrition) where fish oil is processed. Now they are both employed at Acadian Seaplants in Cornwallis.
To make their beer they use pre-malted barley, which comes in 50 pound bags, some which come from Horton NS, various organic native yeasts in liquid form, hops which come in pellets from Ontario and New Brunswick, local honey for the Honey Brown and spring water from their own well. They also use Irish moss seaweed that is a clarification agent. They have taken many water tests as different beers require different minerals. The Brewery which is located next door to their home needs a steady temperature although the temperature can be manually changed and depends on the beer style. On their property hops and also grape vines have been recently planted.
Erin and Andy have been delighted with the response to their beer that is now sold by the keg to pubs in the area, The Fundy and The Shoreline in Digby and the Annapolis Royal Golf Course. Not only is the beer for sale at the Annapolis Winter market, but on Thursday evenings from 5 – 8 pm patrons can purchase beer by the litre bottle at the Lazy Bear Brewery, 120 West Old Post Road, behind the Basin View Motel in Smiths Cove.
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The Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market runs every Saturday morning, 9-12, from mid October through mid May at the Historic Gardens.