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Brewery of the Month: Great Storm Brewing

Published: May 9, 2013, 10:22 pm, by Scott Rappold

greatstormbrewingThis is the first in a series on local breweries.

Opened: March 2012

Brewer: Jeff Jacobs

Location: 204 Mount View Lane

Website: greatstormbrewing.com

Their story: Jacobs, an engineer by profession, was a home brewer who had eight beers on tap.

“I came to the realization one day we already owned a microbrewery. It just happened to be in our garage,” he said. “Saturday morning we would open the garage door to brew and the neighbors would start bringing chairs around.”

As a “nanobrewery” — the industry term for small, often neighborhood-based brew pubs — they don’t serve food or bottle their beers, but demand has been strong and Jacobs has earned a reputation for pushing the boundaries of traditional styles.

Beers you need to try: Rum Raisin Stout, creamy, sweet, slightly fruity; Black Bear Zwartbier, light-bodied for a dark beer, with a surprising roasted coffee flavor; Shine On Golden Strong Ale, the top-seller and strongest beer at 8 percent ABV, tastes like a sour with a wine texture and lemon flavors.

See a short Gazette video on the brewery here.