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The Day Talks Beer with Fox Farm’s Zack Adams

We’re talking about the idea of opening one’s own craft brewery.

It’s an increasingly popular and thirst-quenching bit of entrepreneurialism across our region, and Salem-based Fox Farm Brewery is the latest to open its taps. Owned by the husband/wife team of Laura Adams and brew master Zack Adams and managed by Zack’s brother Dave Adams, Fox Farm Brewery is headquartered in Salem on an old dairy farm the couple purchased four years ago. It’s the culmination of a long-time dream that probably first seemed an actually realistic concept in 2012. That’s when Zack Adams, using a home-brew kit he got for Christmas from his in-laws, made a batch of beer called Magnificent Seven IPA. The beer was selected from over 1,000 entries as one of three national winners in the 2012 Samuel Adams Longshot American Homebrew Contest.

After a long process in purchasing and renovating the farm and its dairy barn, installing brewing equipment and going through protracted legal processes that involved licensing and zoning issues — and, of course, as Adams refined his art as a brewer — Fox Farm Brewery last weekend officially opened the doors. In addition to a tap room where visitors can sample glasses and pints and purchase growlers to go, Fox Farm has begun distributing its five current beers — the Burst IPA, the Gather Keller Pilsner, the Hearth Bound porter, and two varieties of Roam American Pale Ales — to various bars and restaurants in the region.

Read the full interview in The Day.

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