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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.

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