Brewmaster Jack is committed to supporting supporting the local economy. We understand that when businesses buy locally they are not only supporting their neighbors, they are also supporting their customers. These practices in turn help insulate our communities from the effects of nationwide and global economic recessions.
We are especially lucky here in the Pioneer Valley to have a malthouse capable of processing locally-grown barley for brewing. Malthouses like Valley Malt, which was started in 2010 by Andrea and Christian Stanley in Hadley, MA, are crucial to prepping barley before it is turned into beer. Before Valley Malt was started, the nearest malthouse in the U.S. was in Wisconsin. This meant that most of the grain found in craft beer on the east coast had come from suppliers in places as far away as Canada, Germany, and England. While a majority of the grain used in craft beer today still comes from abroad, consumers in New England, especially in Western Massachusetts, are beginning to create a demand for local grain.
Brewing At Home
We encourage all of our customers to improve their understanding and appreciation of beer by trying out brewing at home. Visit your local homebrew shop today and make use of the staff's knowledge of the craft. Click here to learn about local brewing supply stores and how they can get you set up to brew your own beer.