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Two New Breweries Set to Open in Easthampton

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Two new breweries are ready to get hoppin’ on their first batches this year.

The kicker is that they are less than two miles apart.

Matt Tarlecki is opening up Abandoned Building Brewery off of Pleasant Street in Easthampton

Then there’s Eric Berzin’s. He’s also opening a brewery – called Fort Hill Brewery. It’s a mere 1.7 miles from Abandoned Building.

So why is Easthampton getting so much love from these breweries?

“For one thing is it has very good water. The water quality is great,” explains Tarlecki.

Abandoned Building Brewery and Fort Hill have several things in common. Clearly, they’re both here in Easthampton, both of the owners are just 27 years old, and they both came here for the water.

Their product and their operations, however, couldn’t be more different.

Tarlecki is all about supporting the community. His brewery is in a refurbished space, which is another reason he chose Easthampton

“This area is very supportive of local companies and being a small local company that uses a lot of local ingredients in our beer, we thought that people would be very enthusiastic and supportive of a new company here,” Tarlecki says.

Abandoned Building will release Lola’s Saison as it’s introductory brew.

“The brewery is now focusing on making Belgian-style beers. That is our niche we’re going to do,” Tarlecki adds.

Fort Hill is bigger, building a brand new state-of-the-art facility and imported their equipment from Germany and Italy.

Their focus will be high-quality German-style lagers, with an unnamed Oktoberfest-style beer to be their debut recipe.

So whether it’s Abandoned Building growlers, Fort Hill cans, or kegs, it seems there is some truth to the saying, there’s something in the water.

Both breweries hope to be releasing their first batch in the coming weeks.

You can follow both Abandoned Building Brewery and Fort Hill Brewery on Facebook for the latest updates and information on their progress.


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