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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.

              Northampton Brewery Celebrates 30 Years

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              Austin Design has been honored to partner with the Northampton Brewery four times on significant expansion projects. They now hold the title of the oldest brewpub in New England. Congratulations to Janet Egelston-Cichy and the gang!

              It was August 1987, and then-President Ronald Reagan had recently challenged Soviet Union President Mikael Gorbachev to “tear down that wall.” The hit movie “Dirty Dancing” was just about to be released, and “The Cosby Show,” “Cheers” and “The Golden Girls” dominated the TV landscape.

              There were also fewer than 100 breweries in the entire U.S., the newest of which was a tiny brewpub in Northampton Massachusetts. Times have changed — for example, there are now more that 5,000 breweries in the country — and so has the Northampton Brewery.

              On Aug. 10, 1987, Northampton Brewery opened its doors for the first time to a throng of people that mobbed the pub almost immediately. I was one of them although I didn’t bother drinking on that first day because it was just too crowded. It was almost as if the sign said “free beer.”

              Now 30 years later, the brewery is still going strong having expanded in many ways and become a leader in the community, both socially and environmentally.

              “I was 25 years old when we opened, and that seems like a lifetime ago – and now we’re celebrating our 30th Anniversary – honestly, it’s hard to believe,” owner Janet Egelston-Cichy said. “It’s not that I planned to do this for 30 years, but it’s what I’ve done, and I’ve loved it.”

              Read the full article by George Lenker, the Beer Nut, via MassLive.

                Greenfield Community TV – PV Habitat for Humanity on Smith St

                From Greenfield Community TV. Our project manager for this community-building project, Helaina Balcanoff, leads off the footage helping to frame a wall (right foreground)!

                  Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Begin Greenfield Home

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                  Austin Design’s Helena Balcanoff has managed our pro-bono design work for this local affordable housing project with the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity chapter. This past weekend, volunteers began framing and raising walls for this hands-on exercise in building community.

                  Wearing a yellow Habitat for Humanity hard hat Saturday afternoon, 46-year-old Christa Pylant hammered one of the first nails into the outer wall of her future home. After the pounding of the hammer ceased, she turned around to the eager crowd with an excited, proud smile. The onlookers applauded and exclaimed their congratulations before gathering around one of the boards to write their well-wishes in Sharpie.

                  “Blessings for a peaceful, happy home,” one note read. “Welcome to Greenfield,” read another.

                  Most likely by next summer, Pylant and her 15-year-old daughter Ilani will move into the two-bedroom, energy efficient home at 33 Smith Street being constructed for them by Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.

                  Read the full story by Shelby Ashline in the Greenfield Recorder.

                    Buckland Hearing Set for Floodwater Brewing Co.

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                    Austin Design’s brewery client Zack Livingston is almost ready to open his Floodwater Brewing Co. in Buckland, MA. He’ll be producing, retailing, and pouring his own brews riverside at 40 State Street.

                    A public hearing is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 8, when the Selectboard considers a Farmer Series Pouring Permit License for Floodwater Brewing Co. LLC. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the Selectboard meeting room, upstairs in Town Hall. The license would allow founder Zachary Livingston to open a brewery at 40 State St. with a sampling bar for beers and sale of bottled beers made on the premises.

                    In 2016, Livingston bought two storefronts from JoAnne and Philips Sherburne, with the intention of converting the shops into a brewery, with beverages made mostly with local ingredients when possible. According to a legal notice, Livingston is planning to have a first-floor tasting area, bar, a brewery viewing area, and a small deck or porch with outdoor seating that overlooks the Deerfield River.

                    Read the full article by Diane Broncaccio in the Greenfield Recorder.