Fort Hill Brewery rose under the watchful eye of Mount Tom February, 2013. The groundbreaking led to months of construction, wringing Eric, Striker, and Chris of their sweat and blood until they laid the first young beer to rest.
Why Easthampton? The water. Years ago, travelers would stop on Rte 66 to fill jugs of Easthampton water before continuing home from their cross-country trips. The water here has a unique history and makes for absolutely delicious beer, which explains the high brewery-per-capita ratio of the city.
Eric's effort to build a brand new brewery started when breweries he wanted to join simply weren't hiring. As a New England native, the search for a perfect location quickly focused on Massachusetts, where conditions for craft brewers are just right. Easthampton's delicious water narrowed the hunt until he found the beautiful spot the brewery stands on today.
The property, once a hay field, has a fantastic view of the mountain range. The space has enough room for the barn-like building, silos, two rows of hops, and a BMX track (still in the works).
The equipment delivery posed great challenges in late 2013. Riggers from Cotton Tree Service helped to bring in the large brewhouse and to bring 27-foot tanks through a 26-foot door.
The purpose-built building is furnished with modern equipment to help its brewers make excellent, high quality lager beer. Stainless steel is abound because Fort Hill Brewery takes quality seriously.
The brewery's history thus far is admittedly short. We just opened! We hope to make more as time goes on. Check back soon to see what else we have been doing.