Chris Webb and Bill Fisher are truly an overnight success story. Two normal guys with day jobs and a passion for homebrewing and music (they play in an eight-piece funk band), they whimsically decided to kick off their 40s by launching Newburyport’s first brewery. Production began less than a year ago and they’re already at maximum capacity, pondering an immediate expansion on their 8,300-square-foot brick-and-mortar brewery.
Newburyport’s secret weapon is head brewer, Mike Robinson, who they found working at a bank in Nottingham, N.H. A Sam Adams Longshot winner and a 19-time medalist at the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing, Robinson brought with him more than 200 recipes, including Newburyport’s Plum Island Belgian White, a perfect warm-weather quencher.
Webb and Fischer are hustling to keep up with demand, but it’s not slowing plans for a draft-only autumn seasonal and some new additions to their all aluminum lineup, which they to expect to release in early 2014. Besides the Plum Island White, try their Green Head, a heady, pleasantly bitter India Pale Ale.