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Fox Farm Brewery: From Dairy Farm To ‘Far-Flung Dream’

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Half a century ago, the dairy barn on a 30-acre farm on Salem’s Music Vale Road was filled with cows. Years passed and the farming operation fizzled, then the barn sat idle for nearly three decades.

That was until an ambitious couple bought the farm in 2012 with aspirations to transform it into a brewery. Zack Adams and his wife, Laura, built their home on the property, had children, and in 2015, started to convert the dairy barn into what Zack calls a “far-flung” dream. “A lot of pieces had to come together. It was a huge unknown to see if the town would be receptive to this, and even if the building itself was suited for it,” Adams says. “There were a lot of major enhancements we needed to make, to make this conducive to this operation.”

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In May 2017, after renovating the barn to accommodate brewing equipment and an attractive, light-filled taproom, the Adams introduced Fox Farm Brewery to the small southeastern Connecticut town of just over 4,000. “We’ve been blown away by the reception,” Adams says. “Building this in Salem, we didn’t know how people would travel, and then certainly it’s a small town. “We’ve also been very shocked by the local support and what that means as a foundation for our tasting room business. It’s been remarkable.”

Read the full feature by Leanne Griffin in the Hartford Courant.

    Live from Lawson’s Finest Liquids

    A compilation of the time-lapse videos posted by Sean and Karen Lawson, documenting the construction progress of their new Waitsfield, Vermont production brewery and visitor’s center. Enjoy Lawson’s Finest drama with a Sip of Sunshine!

      WNPR’s Next with John Dankosky Looks at New England’s Craft Brewery Boom

      “Next” looks at the unique nature of the rapid expansion of craft brewing in the New England region, and the necessarily shifting trends within a relatively small market. At 1:25 into the audio, the speaker mentions four favorite craft breweries, three of which are Austin Design projects! Direct link here.

        From Mass Brew Bros: Floodwater Brewing Coming to Buckland

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        Citing Austin Design, from their blog post yesterday (09.28.2017) Tin Bridge Brewing, Three Others, Opening in Western Mass. Soon - Floodwater Brewing in Buckland is profiled…

        “Floodwater Brewing is also getting closer to opening, having obtained both its farmer brewers license and its pouring permit. Located at 40 State Street in the shared village of Shelburne Falls, they’ll join the flourishing but crowded Franklin County beer scene when they open later this fall. In addition to the first floor taproom that will overlook the brewery, they plan to have a porch in the back with views of the Deerfield River. The owner, Zachary Livingston, has yet to establish a website or social media, but our moles tell us they’ve seen significant progress over the last month or two.”


        “No definitive word yet, but we’re also keeping tabs on contract brewer White Lion, who hopes to open a pilot brewery and taproom in downtown Springfield in the not too distant future. One of their recent Facebook posts says they plan to work with architecture firm Austin Design, who’ve previously worked on projects with Northampton BreweryTree House, and the aforementioned Floodwater.”


          Tom Chalmers Interviewed in Worcester Telegram

          1870 berlin town hallADi’s Tom Chalmers was interviewed at length in the weekend Worcester Telegram, talking about his thoughtful approach to rehabilitating historic structures – in this case, the 1870 Berlin, MA Town Hall. Read the article here.

            Lawson’s Finest Liquids Breaks Ground in Waitsfield, VT

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            From SevenDaysVT.com – read the full story! Groundbreaking is today, Aug. 25, 2017 in Waitsfield.

            In April 2016, Lawson’s Finest Liquids announced that it would move from Sean and Karen Lawson’s home in Warren to a larger, more visitor-friendly space in Waitsfield. Now, after more than a year of planning and preparation, the Lawsons will close on the property at 155 Carroll Road later this week. On Friday, August 25, they’ll break ground on their new brewery, tasting room and retail space — and throw a party there to celebrate.

            “It’s gonna be a beautiful space,” Sean told Seven Days on Monday, adding that through a yearlong design collaboration with Austin Design of Brattleboro and Colrain, Mass., plans for the building have only gotten more exciting. “The design has picked up a little more wow factor,” he said.


              FCCDC Progress on Food Processing Center Cold Storage

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              From the Franklin County Community Development Corporation‘s August newsletter:

              The Structure is up!

              This month we saw some exciting progress on our Cold Storage Facility! After its completion, the new facility will quadruple the FPC’s production capacity.

              Austin Design has been working with FCCDC on Wells Street in Greenfield with several projects, this being the latest venture. We’re getting pretty good with the boxes and cylinders.

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                Lawson’s Finest Groundbreaking Celebration August 25, 2017

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                From the Lawson’s Finest blog:

                Lawson’s Finest Liquids is excited to announce the construction kickoff of our new brewery, retail store and taproom in Waitsfield, Vermont! A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the warehouse building located at 155 Carroll Road on Friday August 25 at 3pm, followed by a celebration until 7pm. Vermont Governor Phil Scott, along with other officials and local leaders, will be in attendance to commemorate our eagerly anticipated addition to the economic vitality of the Mad River Valley.

                The groundbreaking party will feature an assortment of Lawson’s Finest draft beers for sampling and purchase including our new Super Session #8, Bit of Balsam IPA, Maple Nipple, Hopzilla Double IPA, and Sip of Sunshine IPA. Festivities will include music by The Phineas Gage Project and food from Good to Go Catering.

                Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase bottles of our award-winning 2016 Maple Tripple, which is brewed only once a year during sugaring season with locally-sourced maple sap. There will be a 4 bottle limit of Maple Tripple, and we’ll also be selling specially priced cases of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8.

                Please note: all draft and bottle sales are CASH ONLY!

                Lawson’s Finest co-owner Karen Lawson notes, “We have undertaken a year of careful planning and design, and are thrilled to have crossed that finish line so that we can now focus on building the taproom and retail space from the ground up, and renovate the warehouse building to accommodate a 30-barrel brewing system.”  Brewer and co-owner Sean adds, “It’s so exciting to start the construction phase for our new destination and finally have a home for the public to visit.” The Lawson’s anticipate a grand opening in autumn 2018.


                  Buckland, MA Selectboard Approves Floodwater Brewing Permit

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                  Zachary Livingston has obtained the second permit required for the future home of Floodwater Brewing Co. On Tuesday, the Selectboard quickly approved a [MA Farmer Series] pouring permit, so that his premises at 40 State St. will be able to both serve glasses of beer and sell bottled beer made on the premises.

                  The building, a former gift shop and framing shop, is still undergoing renovations. After the permit hearing, Livingston said he plans to have a couple of beer tanks and flooring installed in about a month.

                  Livingston is putting in a first-floor tasting area, sampling bar, a brewery viewing area, and a small deck or porch with outdoor seating that overlooks the Deerfield River. He hopes to be open for business sometime this fall.

                  Link to the original article in the Greenfield Recorder

                    Floodwater Brewing of Buckland, MA Gets Farmer Series Pouring Permit

                    As the post states, click to 3o:00 minutes in for the good news! Zack Livingston’s Floodwater Brewing will be opening very soon in beautiful downtown Buckland, Massachusetts, at 40 State Street.