Mount Grace and Four Star Farms team up for Richardson Overlook IPA, holding fundraising event

  • Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust board of directors President Max Feldman and board member Magda Ponce Castro outside The Brewery at Four Star Farms in Northfield, where a fundraising beer release event will be held to raise money for the land trust’s purchase of Richardson Overlook. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust board of directors President Max Feldman and board member Magda Ponce Castro outside The Brewery at Four Star Farms in Northfield, where a fundraising beer release event will be held to raise money for the land trust’s purchase of Richardson Overlook. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

Staff Writer
Published: 3/3/2022 2:34:57 PM

NORTHFIELD — In collaboration with The Brewery at Four Star Farms, the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust invites the public to the release of the Richardson Overlook India pale ale.

Named after the scenic overlook in Northfield, Mount Grace is partnering with the brewery to release the IPA to raise money to buy the 38-acre mountain property to ensure the land is conserved, while allowing public access.

The release will be held from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at The Brewery at Four Star Farms, located at 508 Pine Meadow Road. For every Richardson Overlook beer sold in the taproom, the business will donate $1 to Mount Grace.

Max Feldman, president of Mount Grace’s board of directors, said the organization was looking for a Northfield business to partner with, as its “concentration” is focused on garnering fundraising support in the town where Richardson Overlook is located.

“We’re trying to get local support,” Feldman explained. “It’s a great place to bring everybody together.”

Fellow board member and Northfield resident Magda Ponce Castro agreed, adding that The Brewery at Four Star Farms is a “beautiful” spot.

All the ingredients used in the Richardson Overlook IPA are grown at Four Star Farms within 150 yards of the brewery. Four Star Farms co-owner and brewer Chris Sellers described the beer as a classic New England IPA.

“This beer features a soft mouthfeel and balanced but hop-forward character in the New England IPA style,” Sellers said. “Brewed with Four Star Farms Cascade, Chaos and Centennial variety hops, bright aromas and flavors of citrus dominate.”

This is the second beer Mount Grace has had brewed. For its 35th anniversary celebration over the summer, it had Stone Cow Brewery in Barre create the spruce-tipped Mount Grace IPA.

Feldman said the thought process following the success of the Mount Grace IPA was, “Why don’t we try another beer?

Ponce Castro said the beer should be finished brewing by the end of the week and added they “expect this one to be just as good.”

The release event will feature entertainment from local musical act Lady Pop, Mount Grace trivia, lawn games, food from Deadhorse Hill’s food truck and a raffle that will benefit the Richardson Overlook conservation effort.

Mount Grace’s effort to conserve the Richardson Overlook project and the Richard-Zlogar cabin is in collaboration with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Currently, Mount Grace and the Appalachian Mountain Club are drafting an agreement where the club would manage the cabin, camping and trail, while Mount Grace will own and steward the land.

Feldman said Mount Grace has been working on the land through a conservation restriction for about 10 years, but the owners, Sam and Barbara Richardson, have asked the land trust to purchase the property to ensure it is open to the public “in perpetuity.”

“We helped facilitate (the conservation restriction), and 10 years later … they felt trust in Mount Grace and had a good working relationship,” Feldman explained. “The property will be owned by Mount Grace and it will be open to the public.”

Ponce Castro said Mount Grace is about $23,000 away from its fundraising goal to purchase the land, and this event will help cut some of the costs while also raising awareness of Mount Grace’s conservation goals.

“It’s about fundraising and having fun,” Ponce Castro said. “We want to be sure the public knows we will keep it the way it is.”

Those interesting in donating can do so online at mountgrace.org/donate. Feldman said people who donate are automatically enrolled as members of Mount Grace and will be invited to various events throughout the year.

If all goes well and the land is purchased, Ponce Castro said the public can expect an official opening ceremony for Richardson Overlook “sometime in the summer,” but the land will always be accessible even if the sale isn’t completed right away.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.


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