People’s Pint head brewer still fascinated by brewing process after all these years

  • A commemorative 20 year anniversary glass from The People’s Pint in downtown Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

  • General Manager Josh Breitner holds a commemorative 20 year anniversary glass from The People’s Pint in downtown Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo

Published: 7/19/2017 5:07:18 PM

Chris Sellers, head brewer at The People’s Pint, has run the Pint’s brew crew for six years, worked there for 10, and home-brewed for four or five years before that. But he still marvels at the magic that goes into each mug.

“I’m fascinated by the whole process of it,” he said, “the tactile way you move the grain through brewing, all the equipment, the chemistry and biology that equals a pint of beer that ends up looking and tasting the way you want it to. There are so many moving parts coming together.”

The devil is in the details, and Sellers enjoys fine-tuning the year-round and seasonal selections.

This past year, the Pint has been using hops from Four Star Farms in Northfield in many of its styles but is using exclusively local hops in its Pied Piper flagship IPA. The Pint will be bringing Pied Piper to the festival and a new popular, heavily dry hopped 6 percent ale called Rakau Kapow, made with Four Star Farms Rakau hops.

The brewpup also plans to bring some of its favorite standbys.

The brew pub opened on New Year’s Day in 1997. At the time, the brewery was on-site, located in the basement. Founder Alden Booth of Gill had more in mind than just getting into the beer business.

“Our goal was to provide a place for folks here in Greenfield for wholesome, local, seasonal food and great beer,” he said.

“Over time, we moved the brewery from the (restaurant) basement over to Hope Street, and we are doing a lot more food and have put in more taps,” Booth said. It brews about 1,000 barrels of beer per year, or 31,000 gallons.

When it comes to experimentation, the brew pub gives the Pint an opportunity unique among Franklin County’s fermenters.

“It’s a great luxury to have the pub, where I can get immediate feedback,” Sellers explained. He can also brew a test run of beer and bring it right to the customer, without much of the red-tape that comes with bottling. A cask can be set up at the bar, the beer’s name and alcohol content go up on the chalkboard, and it’s ready to sell. So keep an eye out for that “new brew” at The Pint.

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