Fredericton’s old roundhouse has new purpose for Picaroons

The old Fredericton roundhouse was where the city use to keep it’s trains, it has now been converted into a new brewery for Picaroons.  They have recently finished their expansion process since outgrowing their old location on Melissa Street on the North side of Fredericton.

The old Fredericton has been converted into a new brewery for Picarons. Photo By: Mitchell Peardon
The old Fredericton has been converted into a new brewery for Picaroons.
Photo By: Mitchell Peardon

Dennis Goodwin, the marketing director, said the move was made “to make more beer, for more people.”

With the new location Picaroons is now able to double their beer production, all the while continuing production in their old location.

Myles MacKenzie, the head brewer for the company, said Picaroons follows “the three P’s principle,” which stands for “people, planet, and profit.” He believes this model is unique.

“We care for the people in our community because they are the ones that buy our beer, and let us be the company that we want,” Said MacKenzie.

“We give away or speck grain for free to farmers because it would cost us money to dry it and energy.” This is one way MacKenzie says Picaroons is doing their part to help the planet.

Although profit is not their number one priority, they still keep it on the list of things to be concerned about, as any company would.

The brewery is a moments walk from the cities walking bridge. Photo By: Mitchell Peardon
The brewery is a moments walk from the cities walking bridge.
Photo By: Mitchell Peardon

With no set open date, Goodwin hopes the unveiling will happen within a month or so.

“The brewery will be open as a brewery sooner than we do anything public with it,” Said Goodwin

With the expansion of Picaroons, comes more business , and with more business comes more competition.

Craft beer is a growing industry not just in Fredericton but all around Canada. Picaroons is one of the many craft beer breweries in Fredericton. Others include Grimross and most recently, Trailway.

Becky Salmon thinks Fredericton could see itself in a potential craft beers war. Photo By: Mitchell Peardon
Becky Salmon thinks Fredericton could see itself in a potential craft beers war.
Photo By: Mitchell Peardon

“The more that come through, the better it is,” said Becky Salmon, an employee at the Picaroons Brewtique on Queens Street.

Picaroons initially opened in 1995 but shortly after went on hiatus. When reopening in 2005 they had a staff of five people. Now with a staff of 36 and having to conduct night brews to fill orders, the company has come a long way.

“We have quite the collection of awards and things like that,” said Goodwin. “But that doesn’t really boost our egos or anything.”

When asked what was Picaroon’s biggest and proudest moment, Goodwin said “this building and making more beer in this historical site.”

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