SEDGWICK — A local man hopes to open a community supported brewery similar to the practice of community supported agriculture.
Al Strong has been a home brewer for nearly 20 years.
Vacations to Maine in the ’90s inspired the New Jersey native to take up brewing.
“In Bar Harbor I saw a couple little tiny breweries,” Strong said. “It was such a small scale. I never thought there was such a thing. I was blown away by it. It inspired me.”
Strong brewed his first batch of beer in 1996 and he was hooked even though his first attempt didn’t turn out terribly well. He attributes the results to using product called “beer in a can,” which contained hops, malt and yeast that had been sitting around for too long.
Today, the beer Strong creates at his home is made from the freshest ingredients possible.
Fresh hops and chocolate malt “drastically improved the beer,” Strong said.