FEATURE STORY by Melissa Lombard T his year professional life changed completely for Karen Jost (’87), Christiane Jost (’12), and Matt Kenny (’13). Two years ago, Karen and her husband Hans Christian sold their family business, Jost Vineyards, which they ran for more than 25 years in Malagash, NS. Daughter Christiane graduated from Mount Allison and pursued an advanced diploma in public relations from Eastern College. And after graduating with a degree in Commerce, Christiane’s partner, Kenny, began working in insurance and investments in Moncton, NB. On June 17, 2014, the Allisonian trio, along with Hans Christian, opened the Tatamagouche Brewing Company in Tatamagouche, NS. Hans Christian and Karen had the idea in mind and when the library and Houston’s Butcher Shop came up for sale on Main Street in Tatamagouche, the idea began to fall into place. The micro-brewery is the only one of its kind in Colchester County and the craft beer is locally made with only four ingredients, with no preservatives or pasteurization. “Customers want a local product and they want to know what goes into it,” says Kenny. “We are currently growing our own hops for our new seasonal beers.” The micro-brewery has two main beers: the Butcher Block Red and the Hippie Dippie. The Butcher Block Red was named in honour of the building’s longstanding history as a butcher shop and is a more “full bodied, hoppy, red ale.” The Hippie Dippie pays homage to the community of Tatamagouche and is a “pale ale that is more approachable, crisp, and refreshing.” The craft beer is being sold at the brewery. A one-litre growler is $5, and refillable for $7 (Hippie Dippie) and $7.50 (Butcher Block Red). Bottles are being sold at the Truro Farmer’s Market and the brewery has secured up to 20 licenses with bars and restaurants from Tatamagouche to Halifax, NS. Kenny says that the educational aspect of making the beer is an important part of the business. “When you walk in, everything is open and production is happening right in front of you,” he says. “We want people to walk through the garage doors, smell the aromas, and feel like part of it and attached to it.” Christiane and Kenny say the support for the brewery has been overwhelming and that every part has been new and surprising. “I knew that we would do well,” says Kenny, “but I thought it would be more gradual and it has been full tilt every day.” The team has been working on new recipes and recently won a silver medal for their first seasonal beer, Lagerhosen, for Oktoberfest in Tatamagouche. For more information on the Tatamagouche Brewing Company, visit tatabrew. com or follow @tatabrew on Twitter. The Tatamagouche Brewing Company in downtown Tatamagouche. Matt Kenny (’13) with his dad, Mark Kenny, working on the brew. / 23