Buzzards Bay Brewing Company - Buzzard's Bay West Porter
- ABV: 5.0%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 42
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
Few microbreweries have a sister vineyard or a well thought out manifesto, but Buzzards Bay Brewing has both. The Russell family, who owns the brewery, also operates the successful Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery.
Buzzards Bay Brewing is based in the heart of the southeastern Massachusetts farming community of Westport. The owners even grow some of the ingredients used to brew their ales to produce a truly locally made and handcrafted product. Historically, this region of the country has been known for producing some of the finest hops grown. You know, Samuel Adams was growing some hops not too far away!
In 1982 Bob and Carol Russell purchased historic "Smith Long Acre Farm." Following a family discussion, a stewardship statement was drafted. The family declared they would create an organizational structure that would participate in the agricultural use of those lands for the production of food, wine, and beer. They also aimed to integrate each family member's individual talents, and serve the public good. With their noble manifesto in mind, the Russell's created two successful ventures founded upon their deep regard for local agriculture. (Portions of their profits from beer go towards the preservation of farmland in Massachusetts.)
The brewery started in the summer of 1998 and by that winter was producing 3,000 gallons of ale a day. The Russell's brew, bottle, and package all of their microbrews at the brewery. Their German-made Kunzel 4-roll mill cracks the malt into superlative grist. A custom made Newland's 3-vessel brew house then assists in converting that grist into ales. The resulting brew is so fresh, the Russells say, "it will transport you straight to the gentle rolling hills outside our front door."
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (508) 636-2288 or check out their web site at www.buzzardsbrew.com.
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