This post is excerpted from the Buzzards Bay Coalition blog (5/21/15)
When driving down the crushed seashell driveway to Buzzards Bay Brewing in Westport, it’s impossible to ignore the scenery. The open fields, stone walls, and cedar shake farmhouse are quintessential coastal New England. There is solitude and history here. It is a place to enjoy good beer, good company, and to reflect back upon a simpler time. A time when family farms tamed the then-wild landscape and communities were indelibly tied to the natural world around them.
That’s how brewery owner Bill Russell was raised. “I grew up in the area and spent countless hours on the Bay as a kid fishing and sailing,” said Russell. Fast-forward three decades, and now he is brewing his connection to Buzzards Bay into a range of craft beers, including a new Kölsch-style ale named “Sow & Pigs” after the reef off Cuttyhunk.
With a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s work to protect clean water in communities across our region, Sow & Pigs is a testament to Russell’s love for the Bay.
Coalition President Mark Rasmussen is a beer enthusiast and has been vocal in his support for this creative way of protecting clean water. “I’m very excited about this new partnership with Westport’s Buzzards Bay Brewing that has given birth to Sow & Pigs ale,” he said. “Both the Coalition and the brewery share a strong commitment to supporting our local environment. Healthy farms, local food and clean water for everyone are at the core of both of our missions. We also both love the Bay and its unique, almost secret places like the amazing Sow & Pigs Reef off Cuttyhunk.”
Sow & Pigs Ale is available now at the Chart Room and other great bars, restaurants and package stores around the Bay. Please drink responsibly and leave the driving to someone else.
Striper fishing and great beer – sounds like summer 2015 is going to be a fantastic one on Buzzards Bay!