South Deerfield’s Berkshire Brewing Company has officially opened a taproom.
22News met with Berkshire Brewing Company’s president and founder Wednesday and he said it took hard work and perseverance.
Gary Bogoff told 22News, it’s all thanks to Governor Charlie Baker who made a change under session law Chapter 47 allowing a brewery of their size to have a taproom.
Berkshire Brewing held its taproom grand opening on Tuesday hosting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’ march against hunger.
The brewery was established in 1994 and has since grown from a small microbrewery, brewing seven barrels at a time, to distributing a variety of year-round and seasonal ales and lagers across New England.
“The public has been very supportive and has wanted this for quite some time,” said Bogoff. “Yesterday was overwhelming, we had many many people here; a lot of local natives of the town, as well as people who really enjoy beer.”
Bogoff told 22News, most breweries that have taprooms have what’s called a Farmer-Brewery license, which allows them to serve and sell beer on their premise.
But because Berkshire Brewing Company can produce as many as 30,000 barrels a year which amounts to 60,000 kegs a year, they had to get a Manufacturer license.