What Makes a Great Brewery? / by Heidi Geist

Taken at Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME

Taken at Allagash Brewing Co., Portland, ME

Our favorite brewery is one that nurtures a fan base with solid beer, inviting taproom, and friendly faces. Many breweries now have food trucks and popup dinners, art exhibitions, and live music. It’s pretty common to see adults playing giant Jenga and corn hole on the patio, or board games at communal tables. Trivia and comedy nights regularly entertain locals and tourists. Beer is offered in the popular alternative to growlers-crowlers, and can releases see lines out the door.

These past several months, I have been asked multiple times which project brewery has been my favorite. This is an impossible question for me to answer. Not all breweries are cut from the same cloth, and state laws have many hands tied. Some taprooms are a sanctuary in rural farm settings, while others are crowded into noisy urban ‘hoods. Some are aesthetically set to the tone of the owners and staff, displaying personal music and creative tastes, like some of our favorite metal themed spots, and many are far more neutral.

All the breweries I have worked with to date have been absolutely wonderful and each one unique.

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