Local brewery prepares to expand with second location
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | June 9, 2016
Minden’s beer store will soon be moving.
But the building’s new occupants are going to continue serving frothy beverages—with a local flavour.
Christoph Carl and Terri Mathews-Carl, owners of Rhubarb Restaurant and Boshkung Brewing Co., recently purchased the property at 20 Water St. to expand their brewery operation. The deal closes July 14 and they expect to open for business Aug. 1.
At first, the couple considered using the 3,000-square-foot building for storage only. But provincial rules recently changed to allow breweries to operate two retail stores and manufacturing sites at the same time.
“That kind of gave us the push to actually go for it and buy,” said Terri. “It makes perfect sense now.”
Boshkung Brewing is nearing its second anniversary. It has been serving beer to customers in Carnarvon, in the lower level of the same building that houses Rhubarb.
With its growth in popularity, the local brews can also be found in about 25 bars and restaurants in Ontario, most of which are in downtown Toronto, and 10 grocery stores. Some Beer Stores and LCBOs will be selling their products come September, said Terri.
The expansion is necessary to keep up with the demand. Last summer, they often ran dry.
“It’s so busy,” she said, adding there is a loyal cottage following.
The business has earned awards for three of its four year-round beers from the Ontario Brewing Awards and the Canadian Brewing Awards.
Similar to the Carnarvon location, the Minden site will offer a retail store and tasting room. The Carls hope to add a patio and food component sometime next year.
“For this summer, the goal is to be selling beer and merchandise,” she said.
“It will be great,” said Christoph, who stays busy as head chef at Rhubarb. “There will be more flexibility on everything, like events.”
The property was listed for $179,900 with Royal LePage. The Carls wouldn’t say what they offered.
It overlooks the Gull River and is located beside the Minden LCBO.
The Carls employ about 40 full and part-time employees between the brewery and restaurant. They intend to add new staff in Minden, but some current employees will likely shift between locations, said Terri.
The couple is excited about what the future has in store.
“I think it’s a beautiful location. I think being in the downtown of Minden is really great,” said Terri.
“We had to do something to get bigger,” added Christoph.
They plan to renovate in the coming weeks and months. As for the colourful wall mural, which was created by local artist Robert Van Nood, it will likely remain.
The Beer Store is being relocated to a 5,000-square foot facility off Highway 35, adjacent to Dollo’s Foodland. An opening date is yet to be announced.
To learn more about the brewery visit boshkungbrewing.com.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.