Cameron’s Winery in Northfield expands to include a brewery

  • Leslie and Paul Cameron at The Back Room Brewing Co. in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/BELLA LEVAVI

  • Leslie and Paul Cameron at The Back Room Brewing Co. in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/BELLA LEVAVI

  • A selection of four beers from The Back Room Brewing Co. in Northfield. STAFF PHOTO/BELLA LEVAVI

Staff Writer
Published: 9/22/2022 4:18:50 PM

NORTHFIELD — Leslie Cameron always knew her husband of 30 years to make his own beer. So, when they opened their winery 10 years ago, they saw a natural progression for the business.

Cameron’s Winery at 1046 Millers Falls Road (Route 63) has expanded to include a brewery, called The Back Room Brewing Co., allowing patrons to have their drink of choice in the picturesque spot.

The winery has seen its share of changes over the decade. Leslie and Paul Cameron first started selling wine in Swanzey, New Hampshire, later moving their business to a storefront at 105 Main St. in Northfield in November 2015. Today, the winery operates in the barn next to their 1824 home.

Selling wine — and later ciders — came first, Leslie Cameron said, as they thought owning a brewery would be more expensive. But selling beer was always in the plans for Cameron’s Winery.

“Making beer is like changing your art medium,” Cameron said about opening the brewery.

Cameron studied art at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, and thinks of their products as pieces of artwork. While the product may have changed from wine to beer, the care and love put into each drink has stayed the same.

While the winery continues to be in an old barn, The Back Room Brewing Co. is in a building attached to their residence. Beers offered this summer follow a nautical theme, being called “One if by Land,” “Two if by Sea,” “Captain Crocker,” “Catch of the Day” and “Jibe Ho.”

“We are ocean people, coming from the North Shore,” Cameron said.

She described the Jibe Ho variety as having a similar sensation as a wave.

“It is deep and washes over you,” she said.

“We are so happy with the colors, smell and the experience. This beer ignites all your senses,” she continued.

Cameron also spoke about the simplicity of the products.

“It should always be derivative,” she said.

Their wines taste like the fruit they use, and the beer follows the same ideology. The blood orange saison tastes of orange, the grapefruit IPA tastes of grapefruit, and their pumpkin ale, being made for the fall, tastes like a pumpkin pie without the texture.

“We are inspired by what is around us,” Cameron said.

They also started selling hard seltzer, a malt alcohol drink. Their seltzers are served with fresh muddled fruit made to order.

They also pointed to the New England culture of sharing as their inspiration for the business, noting they have shared their homemade beer with friends for years.

With a decade under its belt, Cameron’s Winery has become well established regionally, and recently won 10 awards from the Big E Wine Competition for the 10 wines the couple entered.

“It was so unexpected,” Cameron said.

The Camerons continue to keep local customers as their priority with the expansion.

“We were told we needed to figure out what we love to do and find a way to make money from it,” Cameron said. “We are doing just that.”

For more information about The Back Room Brewing Co., visit thebackroombrewingcompany.com or call 413-512-3850. The business is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Bella Levavi can be reached at 413-930-4579 or blevavi@recorder.com.


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