He came here in order to seek out better land known for its blue clay and lack of rocks. But the proximity to his family and an english speaking community were great incentives. He brought with him his mother and sister and managed to get his Ayrshire dairy cows to walk the 30 km distance by coaxing the lead cow to follow her calf in the back of his truck.
The farm has always been traditional and diversified. Victor would grow oats, barley, hay and potatoes, as well as sell milk to the local creamery.
In June of 2004, Victor passed the torch to his grandson Ryan Allen. Ryan has had a passion for everything farming since he could walk. Victor imparted all sorts of old school knowledge to Ryan who spent every chance he could in the barn with his grandpa.
Ryan attended Macdonald college in order to learn all the modern techniques in farming as well. It was during a fermentation class at Mac that he discovered a love for the process of making beer.
Ryan is striving to honor his grandfather by keeping a traditional mixed farm with some more modern twists. MacAllen farm is proud to boast pastured chickens, turkeys, berkshire pigs and suffolk sheep as well as a small orchard with hops. Future plans to grow malting barley are in the works.
All the animals are pastured when weather permits even throughout the winter. Lamb is sold to local restaurants and to individuals wholesale. All used malt grains are fed back to the animals whenever possible.
The brewing operation has consisted of many small homebrew batches, made in order to perfect Ryan’s recipes. The first commercially available beers produced by Ryan have been made at a friend’s brewery at Loup Rouge in Sorel, Quebec.
Hopefully the market will enjoy Ryan’s brews as much as his family and friends do. Future projects include the building of a brewery on the farm and the use of our own barley as well as the hops in the beers produced here.