Specialty brew raising funds for Down syndrome, Camp Brigadoon

Nancy Kelly
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Cleve Sinclair, a loyal customer of the Bad Apple Brewhouse in Somerset, stands next to the kettle and mash tun.

A special beer is going into production this month at the Bad Apple Brewhouse in Somerset that will benefit a cause close to the hearts of owner/operators Jeff Saunders and Kari Smith.

Mosaic Double IPA, which is set to go on sale by the first week of June, will be crafted from specially-imported mosaic hops. All proceeds from sales of the specialty brew will be donated to Brigadoon Children’s Camp Society, operating at nearby Aylesford Lake, and also to the local Down syndrome society.

Saunders and Smith have had a busy winter as they juggled family life and full-time careers while getting their business off the ground and experimenting with different craft beers since they opened in January. They decided to create one beer specifically as a fundraiser after their eight-month-old son was diagnosed with mosaic Down syndrome, a rare form of the genetic condition.

“We wanted to do something that our customers would like and that could help too,” said Saunders, adding the fundraising effort is “about our child and raising public awareness about the syndrome.”

Mosiac Double IPA is a “strong, hoppy beer with citrus, pine and grapefruit notes.” Like Bad Apple’s other craft beers, it will be sold on site in refillable 1.89 litre growlers and 750 ml squealers. Saunders also plans to offer a batch in bottles.

“We suspect people might like to be able to buy it that way. Our last batch of Double IPA flew out the door.”

Bad Apple Brewhouse is located just north of Berwick on the Parker Condon Road. 

Organizations: Bad Apple Brewhouse, Brigadoon Children, Camp Society

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

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