Beer is becoming a bustling business in Northampton.
The opening of Progression Brewing this weekend marks the fourth brewery in the city, opening in the former home of Gleason’s Camping Supply on Pearl Street.
Founder Andrew Starkweather said, “One thing I loved about this space is I have fond childhood memories of buying my first camping gear here. So it’s a very iconic location.”
Starkweather, of Leverett, started out as a chef, originally founding Drew’s organics in the nineties.
But now Starkweather is in the brewing business, bringing “Hop Forward” IPA’s to Pearl Street.
Progression Brewing has already released four new beers. There may be three other breweries in town, but Starkweather said there’s a market for all of them.
“We’ve had almost all of the breweries locally come in and commend us,” Starkweather said. “It’s a very warm community. Seems to be a lot of room in the industry, especially if you’re really trying to make great beer.”
One South Hadley resident said having several local breweries in one city can be a big draw.
“Especially craft beer, especially craft beer,” Carolyn Sicbaldi said. “I think local is a big part of it, and when they can see where it’s being made, it’s a big draw for sure.”
Progression Brewing is open Wednesday through Sunday.
You can find more information on the brewery and when they’re open here.