Cisco Brewers - Sankaty Light Lager
- ABV: 3.8%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 15
- Serving Temperature: 38-45º F
- Suggested Glassware: Pilsner Glass or Flute
- Malts: Pilsner
- Hops: Tettnang
Around this time Randy and Wendy met the Longs, who had established Nantucket Vineyard on the western half of the island back in 1981. It was a fortuitous encounter; because the Longs needed help at the winery, and the Hudsons needed a home, Randy and Wendy moved in to a loft above the winery. Eventually, the Hudsons made the decision to start selling beer, and Cisco Brewers was born. Initially, their entire “nano-brewery” as Wendy refers to it existed almost entirely outside in the Longs’ backyard. In 1996 they met Jay Harman, another aspiring brewer who had wanted to establish a brewery on the island until he discovered the Hudsons had beaten him to it. So Jay joined Cisco to help run the operation, and as evidence of his dedication, he personally capped sixty thousand bottles by hand in his first year alone (the “nano-brewery” was a very labor intensive operation at that time!).
Dean had a new building constructed to house both the growing brewery and winery operation in 1996. It was also around this time that Dean began sensing the synergy between their current products and high-proof spirits. A few other craft breweries have established successful distilleries in recent years (Dogfish Head and Rogue come to mind), but Dean’s foresight at that time was impressive. Triple Eight Distillery began producing spirits in 2000 and now offers an excellent line of Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, and Gin. For more information, visit them at www.ciscobrewers.com or call (508) 325-5929.
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