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Aeronaut Brewing Takes Flight in Somerville

AERONAUT One Logo PDFIt’s a good time to be a craft brewer. According to the Brewers Association, the industry grew by 20% in 2013, and 17% in 2012. Rather than crowding each other out, local microbreweries seem to be increasing the demand for craft beer in general, as well as for a wide variety of options in terms of flavor and style. The Boston area’s 72 independent breweries each bring something different to the table (or the bar, if you will.)

Which, in turn, means it’s also a good time to be a beer drinker.

One of the newest microbreweries on the scene is Aeronaut Brewing Company, based in Somerville. What sets Aeronaut apart from the rest is its unique, community-centered business model: Only about one third of their 12,000 square foot space is devoted to the brewery. The rest is rented to like-minded partners in the local food world, such as local food delivery Something Gud, who hopes to launch a collaborative farmers’ market at the shared Tyler Street space later this year.

It will be awhile before you can find Aeronaut’s beers for sale at your local bar or liquor store, but you can sample what they have to offer starting June 16th, during Aeronaut’s launch week, which will run until June 21st. After that, the tap room will be open to the public three days a week. You can also, of course, test their wares at Hyper- Local Craft Brewfest. The Aeronaut team will be bringing a special batch to this year’s festival, one that was born of an informal brainstorming session not long after their founding last fall. A riff on a traditional German smoke beer, in which smoked malt features heavily, Aeronaut’s brew is made with smoked butternut squash that was grown right here in town.

According to brewer Ben Holmes, local ingredients from vendors they know and trust are extremely important to Aeronaut’s philosophy. He sources ingredients directly from growers wherever possible. A coffee roaster who rents space at Aeronaut’s community sees their ingredients featured in Aeronaut brews, and a recent collaboration with Groundwork Somerville created a maple brown ale flavored with syrup from maple trees at Tufts University.

While you’re waiting for the tasting room to open, you can follow the adventures of this self-proclaimed “pretty crazy company” on its blog, which features news of the startup’s progress, and information about its history and its devoted team, as well as tips and how-to’s for homebrewers.

This post was written by Jane Ward of Corn Free July, go check her out!

Posted by: Nicola on May 30, 2014 @ 10:00 am
Filed under: Blog,Corn Free July,Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest