May 8, 2013 Updated: May 8, 2013 at 8:20 am
This is the first in a series on local breweries.
Opened: March 2012
Brewer: Jeff Jacobs
Location: 204 Mount View Lane
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.