WHO: Owner and head brewer Donovan Bailey, a homebrewer of 20 years who, after being laid off from his job in construction 18 months ago, decided to open a neighborhood brewery.
WHAT: A 3-barrel nano-brewery serving solid classics with a twist. The lineup is a Wee Heavy, a Russian Imperial Stout, a Belgian Quad, and an Imperial IPA, sold in 750-ml bottles and in growlers. He also plans to include sessionable rotating beers and stronger IPAs on tap for growlers.
WHERE: Greater Boston area. Currently looking at a tentative spot in Oak Square in Brighton, as well as a few in Somerville.
WHY: Bailey believes in brewing good, solid beer that appeals broadly. “I like classic style. There’s definitely room for experimentation for different hops or a different time of the boil, maybe use a different grain—small things that can make a big difference.”
HOW: He is currently running a Kickstarter for $30,000. He plans on at least matching that with private funding.
WHEN: Projected opening is six months after his Kickstarter ends on August 11
FROM THE SOURCE: “There is plenty of room in the craft beer market. You can have funky beers, and you can have a really good neighborhood place. That’s the niche I’m trying to take up.”
CASTLE ISLAND BREWING CO.
WHO: Adam Romanow and Graham Walters, beer lovers who met while working in HR consulting in 2007, started homebrewing together in 2009, and started planning for a brewery in South Boston in 2011.
WHERE: Looking for a location in South Boston, specifically the Castle Island area.
WHAT: Hop-forward American beer. The year-round lineup includes a Cream Ale, Dry Irish Stout, and an IPA, sold in 16-ounce can 4-packs, and seasonals like a “big roasty hoppy American stout” and a sweet potato porter. They are planning for a 30-barrel brewhouse.
WHY: “What we really love is American beer, and the other thing that we wanted to do was be in the city,” says Romanow, a South Boston resident. They plan on distinguishing themselves by their location—easily accessible by T, within city limits—and by their hop-centric take on beers like their Cream Ale, which Romanow says has a “Citrusy and slightly floral aroma.”
HOW: They are in the middle of a fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million, largely through angel investors.
WHEN: Early 2014—hopefully around February/March.
FROM THE SOURCE: “We’re not solely focused on IPAs. We have an affinity for hops of all varieties at all points in the brewing process.”
HOPSTERS BREW & BOARDS
WHO: Husband and wife Lee and Karen Cooper who are opening a brew-your-own community brewery and eatery.
WHERE: 292 Centre St., Newton Corner.
WHAT: You can brew your own craft beer and nosh on charcuterie while you’re at. They provide the equipment (schedule 1-10 kettles to brew on), the recipes, ingredients, and will keg it for you, or you can bottle your own beer. One batch makes a 1/4 keg or 3 cases of 12-ounce bottles. Price for one brew session ranges from $100-$300; a pale ale would be about $130, including bottles and custom labels. A retail homebrew shop, stocked with ingredients, will also be open. You will be able to sample beer, but full pours are not allowed yet, as they do not have a liquor license.
WHY: Lee, a homebrewer who has a background in corporate leadership and organizational development, wanted to create a “community brewery,” where he could use his skills to help others brew craft beer. Born and raised in the UK, he also wanted to create the environment of a local pub.
HOW: They raised start-up capital through angel investors and just launched a Kickstarter for $35,000 for the brewing system.
WHEN: The official opening is October 1.
FROM THE SOURCE: “For us at Hopsters, it’s really about craft awareness, helping people learn about craft beer.”
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