Jonathan Cook, author at Beer Terrain, where he released a book that “uncovers the emerging farm-to-glass revolution on the New England and New York craft brewing scene.” needs your help! Earlier this evening he officially launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise some funds that enable him to hopefully open a brewery on the property of the historic Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.
Their target funding goal on Kickstarter is of $7,000, have already raised nearly $450 as I write this, and offer eleven different tiers for people to choose from on the page, the cheapest starting at $10 and the biggest one at $5,000.
This is not the team’s first foray into brewing as they’ve partnered with both Rapscallion Brewery in Sturbridge, MA and Wormtown Brewery in Worcester to make 900 gallon batches of beer known as ‘Homefield’ in the past, with a fourth batch planned for released in early May via Rapscallion. And in a continued effort to brew using local ingredients, they plan on continuing to source their malt from Valley Malt in Hadley, MA and their hops from Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA.
You can find out more about their plans on their Kickstarter page over here.
Worcester-based Wormtown Brewery have just announced that they will be moving to a new location within about six months time and will be taking over a location which previously was an ice-cream shop over at 72 Shrewsbury Street. This is the results of consistent growth over the course of the last three years where they’ve been regularly selling out despite not distributing to the entire state yet. The move will enable them to triple their production capacity and will also enable them to give out tours and do growler fills, something that they aren’t able to do presently.
Furthermore, they will also start canning their beers, something that they’ve done a bit of since October. Considering that 95% of their current sales come from draft beers, canning will play a huge part in their growth strategy over the course of the next couple of years as they continue to expand. They’ve been partnering with Iron Heart Canning, a mobile canning service which will enable them to can up to 400 cases of beer and they’ve announced that their long-term goal will be to try and have six packs available in stores by 2015.
And more good news coming to their fans as they’re scheduling to release their newest beer, an American stout known as MassWhole Stout, which like all of their beers features local ingredients and, in this case, grains from Valley Malt in Hadley and hops from North Star Farms in Northfield. That beer should be arriving any day now and many look forward to yet another one of their creations.