INGLESIDE – What started as a gift and an interest in craft beer has turned into a new brewing venture for Pierre Doucette and Susan Wallwork.
The couple have founded the Humble Beginnings Brewing Company, located in the former drug store in the Ingleside Plaza.
“We chose to open in Ingleside because it is an underdeveloped and under-served market,” said Doucette.
Doucette’s interest in brewing started like a lot of craft-brewers, with home brewing kits and visits to other breweries.
“It started with one, then another,” he said. “As I kept brewing these kits I started trying different things. It grew from there.”
The process of opening the brewery has taken longer than originally planned.
“We wanted to be open at the start of the summer,” said Wallwork.
Paperwork and government bureaucracy slowed the process down. They received their government approvals early this spring.
“Part of the process is doing test brews for our licence with the province,” said Doucette. “That and some misplaced paperwork by the government added to the delay.”
With the brewery on the verge of opening, the real work is underway. Large tanks and brewery equipment are now on site, while work is proceeding on the front bar and customer area.
“We are just keeping it simple, just on a larger scale,” said Doucette. “Having fun and making some good beer along the way.”
The pair plan on their first brewed offering being a Pale Ale-style beer, followed by an India Pale Ale.
“From there we’d like to have a couple of core beers that we brew often, and mix them up with some seasonal brews or one-offs,” Doucette said.
At first, beer will be available on site for sampling, along with growlers for customers to purchase.
“Growlers are great because they are returnable and refillable,” Doucette said.
Based on response from customers, they plan on offering bottles or cans of beer for sale.
“Everything we’re doing goes to our motto, ‘work hard, stay humble’,” said Doucette.
Humble Beginnings Brewing Company opens its doors and tap its first keg this fall.