Matthew Hutchison

  • Photo of Beers of the Seasons: Best Winter Beers

    Beers of the Seasons: Best Winter Beers

    Breweries and bars rotate their seasonal offerings with good reason. Each season brings with it a unique character that can only be satisfied by specific styles.

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  • Photo of Leadfoot Brewery: A Commitment to the Quality of Tradition

    Leadfoot Brewery: A Commitment to the Quality of Tradition

    My GPS guided me over a bridge to cross the Connecticut River before alerting me that I was moving to the wrong side of the river. After turning around and going through an underpass, I took a slight left and was promptly informed I missed the turn again. “What turn are you talking about? You want me to go on…

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  • Photo of Becoming an Educated Brewer

    Becoming an Educated Brewer

    Every type of career requires some form of education. That education may be simple on the job training or as intensive as the journey to becoming a practicing doctor. The rise in popularity of craft breweries of the past 20 years has created a wave of new blood eager to get involved with the business. Still, as a young industry,…

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  • Photo of The Trademark of Scarcity in Craft Brewing

    The Trademark of Scarcity in Craft Brewing

    Behavioral economics is a topic any economist would expect to make brewery visitors run. Whether there is more fear or active interest in the topic, craft breweries across the nation are becoming the perfect laboratories for fanatic behavior. Most of those studies would find the most influential contributing factor to the craft brewing fandom is one thing: scarcity. With lines…

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  • Photo of Plenty of Surprises at The People’s Pint

    Plenty of Surprises at The People’s Pint

    When I pulled around the corner to the restaurant-pub my GPS directed me to, I knew there was a different story waiting for me here. I only worried that it was a story of a disappointing variety. The building seemed too small to house a brewery of any significance. Still, I also knew that The People’s Pint in Greenfield, Massachusetts…

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  • Photo of Most Popular Craft Breweries and Their Beers

    Most Popular Craft Breweries and Their Beers

    Americans and people across the globe can never seem to get enough of the hunt for the best beers in the world. Fans will travel great distances to sample the beers they’ve heard of only in lore. Some slip by in casual conversation, and others are rung on repeat in the chatter of must-visit destinations. High-grade brewery options continue to…

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  • Photo of Choosing the Right Yeast for Your Beer: Experimenting With Different Yeasts

    Choosing the Right Yeast for Your Beer: Experimenting With Different Yeasts

    For the new homebrewer, having a deep understanding of your yeast strains and how they are functioning is not the highest priority. With the first few beers you are making, you may not understand how different yeasts behave under different circumstances, but as long as you know the environment you need to create for the reactions you are looking for,…

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  • Photo of Choosing the Right Yeast for Your Beer: Understanding Performance Indicators

    Choosing the Right Yeast for Your Beer: Understanding Performance Indicators

    Many steps and processes are essential in homebrewing. The homebrewer must practice care and attention each step of the way and learn how to monitor her ingredients and activity. Every piece of the puzzle is critical, but perhaps none more so than the yeast. The yeast itself loses value without the other players of brewing in the mix. But without…

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  • Photo of Standing Out in a Town of Breweries

    Standing Out in a Town of Breweries

    Easthampton, Massachusetts, is a town of breweries if ever there was one. The small town is host to three breweries with a population of only 16,000 people in the space of only 16.3 square miles. With this much beer in a small area, let’s hope residents of Easthampton are making responsible decisions in their consumption despite the array of options.…

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  • Photo of Vanished Valley Among Breweries Helping Western Mass Reappear

    Vanished Valley Among Breweries Helping Western Mass Reappear

    The beloved city of Boston bustles with livelihood, character, excitement, energy, sport, and, of course, beer. With its history, Boston personifies a piece of what it is to be an American. As the capital city embedded with the roots of the nation itself, it deserves the attention it gets and the reputation it has. With that powerful reputation, it becomes…

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