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Copper Bottom Brewing in Montague 

The Brew
by Bryan Carver

Ken Spears and Ashley Condon on the patio (photo: Isaac MacIntyre)It’s shaping up to be an excellent summer for beer drinkers in Eastern PEI. After opening Copper Bottom Brewing in late 2017, owners Ken Spears and Ashley Condon will surely be keeping thirsty people happy with the beers they are producing on Main Street in Montague.

The old Eastern Graphic building has had quite the makeover. Not only does it now contain the Copper Bottom brew house, cellar vessels and other various pieces of brewing equipment, it also features a lively tap room where guests can listen to some world class music while enjoying a glass of beer straight from the source.

As the days get longer and warmer, you cannot forget the alluring temptation of a sunny patio and fresh cold beer. Copper Bottom just might have the best patio in Eastern PEI and could probably make it on the top ten list for the entire Island. Nestled on a tree-lined hilltop and overlooking the Montague River, it’s hard to think of a better spot to enjoy a beer.

For those who can’t make the trip to Montague as often as they would like, Copper Bottom has recently started canning a few of their beers which are available onsite and at a select few PEI Liquor locations. Anticipate an even greater distribution of their product as the summer progresses.

Copper Bottom began production with three flagship beers; Centennial Stock Blonde Ale, Broadside APA and Rabble Rouser Red. These initial offerings will find a welcome home in fridges Island-wide. The Centennial Stock Ale is well-balanced and very approachable for people looking to venture away from mainstream beers. Broadside APA (American Pale Ale) showcases pleasant hop aromas with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Having won a gold medal in ‘Pale Ale’ category at the Down East Brewing Awards in Fredericton early this year, hop heads will surely be seeking this out to sample. Rabble Rouser Red leans a bit more on malt to develop its character. Flavours of toast, caramel and bread all play well together in the sessionable red ale.

Following these initial beer offerings, a Double IPA called ‘Parkman Ave’, a shout-out to the side street that Copper Bottom perches on, was released mid-May. Set to be available year round, this Double IPA will likely be embraced by those looking for a kick of hop aroma and bitterness.

The Island still has a bit of warming up to do before summer finally sets in, but now is the time to drink some Copper Bottom beers. Once summer is in full swing, they might be hard to find. 

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