Somerset brewhouse launches charity fundraiser

Nancy Kelly
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Sale of specialty brew to benefit NS Down Syndrome Society and Camp Brigadoon

June 12, owners of the Bad Apple Brewhouse in Somerset kicked off a fundraising campaign by presenting the first bottle of Mosaic Double IPA to representatives of Camp Brigadoon and the Nova Scotia Down Syndrome Society. The sale of the specialty brew will benefit both organizations. From left are Joe Gillis, NS Down Syndrome Society, Camp Brigadoon’s, Brent Platt, Bad Apple Brewhouse owners Jeff Saunders and Kari Smith. Also on hand for the presentation were Kings County Deputy Warden Brian Hirtle, Troy Kirkley of Pub Magazine and Berwick Mayor Don Clarke.

The sale of a specialty beer, now available at Somerset’s Bad Apple Brewhouse, will benefit causes close to the hearts of owner/operators Jeff Saunders and Kari Smith.

Mosaic Double IPA, crafted from specially-imported mosaic hops, goes on sale over father’s day weekend.  All proceeds from sales of the specialty brew will be shared between Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society, operating at nearby Aylesford Lake, and also to the Nova Scotia Down Syndrome Society.

Saunders and Smith, whose business opened in early January, decided to create a beer specifically as a fundraiser after their nine-month-old son, Hunter, was diagnosed with Mosaic Down Syndrome, a rare form of the genetic condition.

“With the name of the hops and the syndrome, it just sort of came to us to do something that our customers would like and that could make a difference, too,” said Saunders, adding the fundraising effort is “about our child and raising public awareness about the syndrome.”

All proceeds from the sale of the brew will be donated. The couple hopes to raise $4,000 for the two charities.

Saunders describes Mosiac Double IPA as a “strong, hoppy beer with citrus, pine and grapefruit notes.” Like Bad Apple’s other craft beers, it will be sold on site at their location on Parker Condon Road, north of Berwick, and will also be available at several private outlets in the metro area.

Organizations: Camp Society, Nova Scotia Down Syndrome Society

Geographic location: Somerset, Aylesford Lake, Parker Condon Road Berwick

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