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Subscription rate is $20.00 ($25 Canadian, $50 foreign) for six issues. The First Meeting C olumnists The two met by chance at Hopsters in Newton. Heisler was an avid homebrewer hoping to buy some yeast, and Oliveira was there for a meal and beer. They got to talking over lunch, and Oliveira was impressed with how technically Heisler described the beer as they drank it. That technical knowledge came from a decade of homebrewing. Heisler appreciated beer for its flavor and nuance from an early age when his peers were buying 30 beers for the same price he paid for four. A trip to London at the age of 20 instilled in him a deep love for English-style ales, and a friendly bet with his wife and a friend launched him into homebrewing with a focus on English styles he couldn’t buy here. Oliveira had a background in management and financial services, a taste for craft beer and a dream to open a business. After the serendipitous meeting, the two met again the next day to taste five of Heisler’s homebrews: “They were better New fermenters will allow Cold Harbor to ramp up production on their PsychoBrew System. B rewery photos by J amie M agee Cold Harbor Taproom and Beer Board. P hotos by V ittoria B uerschaper More info about Brewing News competitions can be found on brewingnews.com than anything I had in my fridge at the time,” Oliveira said. Oliveira put together a business plan for a brewery near where he lives in Northborough, Mass. Situated between Worcester and Framingham and wedged between I-90 and RT 9, Westborough was a brewery desert. With the neighboring towns, there was a population nearing 200,000 with a median family income over $85,000. “We thought it was a great opportunity, and why not jump off the cliff together and see if a parachute opens,” Oliveira said, “and it did.” Laying Down Roots C irculation — 50,000 Mailing Address: 571 South Park Avenue Buffalo, NY 14204 Office Phone: 1-800-474-7291 The YANKEE BREW NEWS banner and “beeriodical”™ are registered trademarks and property of YANKEE BREW NEWS INC. All material ©2017 by Y.B.N., Inc,. Buffalo, NY, unless otherwise noted. No material contained within may be used without the written permission of the publisher. The opinions expressed by writers are not necessarily those of Yankee Brew News. YANKEE BREW NEWS Publishers. YANKEE BREW NEWS, INC., Founded 1989 by Donald S. Gosselin, Esq. “The coolest thing right now is there is an opportunity to put your foot down in an area and become that regional brewery,” said Heisler. “You find out what people love, and then you make it for them. Beer doesn’t exist without people to drink it.” The community in Westborough is thirsty for a wide range of beers brewed with high-quality ingredients. Mustache Oatmeal Stout is made with cold-brewed coffee from Armeno Coffee Roasters in Northborough. A gose is currently being brewed (soon to be released) with peaches from Davidian Brothers in Northborough. Rainbow malted corn from Valley Malt in Hadley is in First Light Kölsch. Heisler brews with local ingredients where they can truly stand out, and he relies on traditional imported malts for English-and German-style beers. That penchant for English ales is accessible through one of Cold Harbor’s mainstays, an English Best Bitter called Truell’s Best. Growing, Cautiously While Cold Harbor Brewing is not setting out to be the next Sam Adams, Oliveira and Heisler are looking at modest expansion with plans to quadruple the size of the 400-square-foot taproom, expand the patio area and improve parking. They’re currently brewing double batches with a five-barrel system and planning to upgrade to a 10-barrel system.