The Bhérer family planted 1,500 haskap trees by hand in 2011, and when the time came for the harvest, the pickers’ clothes were streaked scarlet from the juice bursting from the small berries. That same purplish red now colours our beer, thanks to the remarkable work of Steve and Nathalye.
Their family land, stretching more than 30 acres along the banks of the St. Laurence River, offers picturesque surroundings amid a mountainous backdrop, and their blueberry and haskap trees stretch as far as the eye can see. The latter, being very resistant to cold and drought, are perfectly suited to the unpredictable climate of Saint-Irénée.
Their fields grow the Borealis, Berry Blue, Tundra, and 9-91 varieties. The sweetest berries come from the tallest shrubs which pollinate the smaller plants. These generally grow berries that are a bit more sour.
“YOU NEED BOTH SWEET AND SOUR BERRIES TO BALANCE THE FLAVOURS.” – M. BHÉRER
Once the berries are harvested and frozen, we cold press them to collect their juice which is then used in our haskap products.
We are proud to feature the Bhérer family name on our cans, and it is with this same feeling of pride that we join them in showcasing another of the treasures found in the tucked away bays of our region.