Acadian Farms and Brewery shuts down, moves on

Last summer we reported that Skamania County was threatening to shut down Acadian Farms and Brewery. Eventually the owners, Benton and Nicole Bernard, came to terms with the County, but apparently the resulting compromises helped to make the business unsustainable. The couple recently decided to sell both the farm and the brewery and move on.

Benton and Nicole Bernard served as your hosts at Acadian Farms and Brewery, where they created something really special that will be sorely missed. Refugees from New Orleans, the couple moved to the Northwest in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. They started Acadian Farms in 2008 with a small garden and grew it into a real farm that eventually featured a brewery and tasting room.

On the company’s Facebook page, this announcement: “Thank you to everyone that has supported us the last few years, we couldn’t have done it without you. It has been an amazing ride and we’re thankful for each and every one of you that we have met along the way. It’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you later.”


Located in the wooded hills outside Carson, Washington, the brewery and tasting room at Acadian Farms was a bucolic retreat from the hustle and bustle of the work-a-day world. It will be sadly missed.

There is a bright side. According to a report on the New School blog, Benton and Nicole are moving back to New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina scattered countless refugees across the country and there is no reason to feel sad about people finding their way back home now that life is returning to normal.

Here’s a gallery from our last visit, as a bittersweet farewell.



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  1. Benton and Nicole, I’m sorry for your struggles and hope your return to New Orleans refreshes you. Best of luck to you.

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