Acadian Farms in Carson, Washington offers a rare, bucolic beer-drinking experience. It relaxes your weary soul to sip a saison with grass beneath your feet, as goats and chickens serenade you. Sadly, if you’ve yet to visit the farm, you may never get the chance. Largely because of complaints filed by cranky neighbors, the county is threatening to shut down the tasting experience at this farmhouse brewery in Carson, Washington.
Next Wednesday, Acadian Farms and its supporters have a chance to save the farm. A Hearing Examiner will have the final say. The fate of the farm is in her hands. The public hearing happens at 5:30 P.M. at the Courthouse Annex Building in Stevenson, Washington. You are encouraged to attend, show your support, and even speak out on behalf of the farm if you’re so inclined.
Benton and Nicole Bernard, your hosts at Acadian Farms, created something special. Refugees from Hurricane Katrina, the couple started out in 2008 with a small garden and grew it into a real farm that just so happens to also have a brewery and tasting room. It would be truly sad to see the tasting room shut down and the public robbed of the opportunity to enjoy this little bit of heaven.
“As some of you may know, we have been fighting to keep our doors open since May,” explains Acadian Farms on its Facebook page. “We had a few complaints due to a traffic issue that has escalated and will ultimately come down to a public hearing next Wednesday. We have been working closely with the county and are now in compliance, but we still have to go before a Hearing Examiner and she will make the decision of whether or not we will be allowed to stay open.”
Acadian Farms urges it’s many friends and fans to show up and support their efforts to save the farm next Wednesday, September 3 at 5:30 P.M.
Courthouse Annex Building
170 NW Vancouver Avenue
Stevenson, Washington 98648