In this episode I sat down to catch up with Matt Westfall, a beer buddy of mine and head brewer at New England Brewing Company (NEBCO). I met Matt back in 2006 during the height of my college/craft beer/homebrewing days. The time I have to devote to craft beer has severely diminished since becoming a designer and starting my family.
The craft beer scene in CT has exploded in the past few years and I think it’s great. Less than ten years ago CT had only a fraction of the beers that are now available for in package stores, and only a handful of craft breweries. Now the beer choice is overwhelming and now BeerAdvocate lists forty-eight breweries in the state. Hooray beer!
In that time NEBCO has expanded to become one of my favorite brewers in the state, and one of the best breweries in the country.
When I was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California I was exposed to an awesome craft beer scene that hadn’t hit Connecticut yet. There was a time in my life after leaving the Marine Corps and becoming a designer when I wanted to be a professional brewer. I brewed about ten gallons of beer a month with my buddies, I went to beer festivals, and I made excessive road trips to visits breweries and brewpubs all over.
Matt is really cool guy with a great attitude and I’m glad that I was able to reconnect with him on the podcast. The craft beer community is super friendly and fun. I suggest trying their beers when you can. Also, consider making a trip down to their new tasting room at 175 Amity Rd Woodbridge, CT 06525.
You could also check out their beers at a great fundraising event supporting the SMS Research Foundation on August 30th.