For Immediate Release                                                                                                                 October 13, 2017

Riverview Brewery Now Open for Growler Fills

MONCTON, NB – After brewing from a small 1BBL system in Bruce Barton and Abba Yang’s garage brewery for four years, Celtic Knot Brewing is now open for growler fills from the new 1200 sq. ft. location on 23 Biggs Drive in Riverview, New Brunswick. Celtic Knot (pronounced Kel Tic, not Sell Tic) has tripled its production with a new 3.74BBL system that felt like a long time coming – for both the owners and the community who have been nothing but responsive and supportive of this expansion.

The Celtic Knot Brewing family moved to Riverview from Winnipeg six years ago. Barton said, “I also wanted the new brewery here to keep the business in Riverview because it’s such an awesome community.” Barton has donated every bit of spent grain to local farmers since day one.

Barton is of Celtic origin and designed his logo himself. The Gaelic references are a nod to all the people of Celtic origin here. Barton doesn’t really have a brewing style, he simply brews beer that he would enjoy. One of those beers is an India Black Ale named Dubh Loki after their black cat named Loki. Dubh is Gaelic for black.

About a hundred of Celtic Knot’s biggest fans attended a private event this evening enjoying samples of Mr. Barton’s six brews on tap, live music from The New Customs from Winnipeg, and some refreshments from Heavy Kevy’s Food Truck.  Riverview MLA, Bruce Fitch and Mayor Ann Seamans brought greetings and assisted with the official ribbon cutting to welcome Celtic Knot Brewing to the community.

Celtic Knot Brewing originally opened to brew beer for licensees only and now is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6pm for growler fills. But, don’t expect a taproom in the near future. This is as big as it gets because Barton is trying to balance quality of life with making a living. “Family is always first for me.”

Moncton Riverview Business Grand Opening Event

L to R: Jeremy Thorne, Riverview Councillor; Bruce Fitch, Riverview MLA; Bruce Barton, Celtic Knot owner; Ann Seamans, Riverview Mayor. Photo by Julie Guimond-Black

Barton feels the beer scene has improved tremendously here in NB and is only getting better. “We have a ways to go but we will get there.” He offers this advice to others who wish to open a brewery, “Brew, brew, brew, brew, brew, brew. Learn everything you can about brewing and brew many, many batches for many, many years. Learn all the hops, learn all the grains, learn all the styles and yeasts. Brew, brew, brew, brew. Create a ton of recipes, change them up and take notes. What I’m getting at is brewing is an art not a job for me. It took me decades of brewing to gain the knowledge that I now have. Opening a brewery is not the same as opening a store, you need a knowledgeable and experienced brewer that has brewed a lot of beer and has the ability to craft a recipe based solely on his or her knowledge of the malts and hops and not just following a recipe, anybody can do that.”


You can find Celtic Knot beers on tap at these fine NB locations as well: Laundromat Espresso Bar, Tide and Boar Gastropub, Plan B Bar and Lounge and the Old Triangle Irish Ale House in Moncton; James Joyce Irish Pub in Fredericton; Cask & Kettle Irish Gastropub in Saint John; and Ducky’s Bar in Sackville.

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