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Hopping Happy: Rockland Brewery Wins Business Award

Eric Mainville, winner of the Daniel Gigault Award for Young Entrepreneurs with his business partner Olivier Lemay, is happy to see his team’s dedication being recognized and hopes to continue keeping Brauwerk Hoffman a unique part of the Prescott-Russell community.  — photo Joseph Coppolino
Eric Mainville, winner of the Daniel Gigault Award for Young Entrepreneurs with his business partner Olivier Lemay, is happy to see his team’s dedication being recognized and hopes to continue keeping Brauwerk Hoffman a unique part of the Prescott-Russell community.
photo Joseph Coppolino
Trying to build a brewpub just as the country goes in to lockdown over a global pandemic is not exactly the omen you look for when starting a new business. In the end, the young entrepreneurs at Brauwerk Hoffman Rockland persevered and have been rewarded with a prestigious business prize.

At the 2022 Prescott-Russell Community Development Corporation (PRCDC) Gala of Excellence Business Awards, Eric Mainville and Olivier Lemay, co-owners of the Brauwerk Hoffman brewery on Industrielle avenue off of Highway 17, were given the Daniel Gigault award recognizing young entrepreneurs whose success contributes to the well-being of citizens and economic development in Prescott-Russell.

Brauwerk Hoffman produces German style beers using traditional methods, trendier beer varieties and German fare utilizing what local businesses and farmers produce right here in Prescott-Russell.

Turning two years old next month, the team at Brauwerk Hoffman sees the award as a recognition of the challenges they faced in starting their business just as the world grappled with the impacts of COVID-19. But even with supply chain disruptions, hiring challenges and on-and-off indoor dining restrictions, Mainville is proud of his team for doing a “phenomenal job” throughout it all.

“For us to get this award means we are doing something right,” said Mainville, who just celebrated his 33rd birthday.

Epitomizing the spirit of the award, Mainville and Lemay are looking towards future growth, but know their roots in Prescott-Russell is what makes the business special.

“The public has been receptive, patient and so very nice,” said Mainville. “Now we are pushing to develop the brand and become more a part of the community. It’s about focusing on developing a local product we can be proud of.”

Brauwerk Hoffman were not the only Clarence-Rockland business to come away with an award from last week’s gala. Lamarche Electric was given the Inclusive Business award, presented by Groupe Convex.

Other award-winners and the runners-up from across the region can be found on the PRCDC webpage.