Tyler Guilmette of Brewmaster Jack describes himself as “owner, delivery guy, brewer, and janitor.” Brewmaster Jack is a true microbrewery in every sense, with one employee producing only 400 barrels a year out of Paper City Brewing in Holyoke. Started in 2012, Guilmete makes four year-round selections, including a delicious rye porter called Total Eclipes and a pale lager, Stray Dog Lager, made in the Germanic Helles tradition.
Each of Brewmaster Jack’s everyday brews are impressive, but Guilmette is beginning to delve into far more exciting and adventurous territory. His newest beer, James, is a hoppy blonde ale made with an experimental hop variety, HBC342, that has alluring watermelon rind characteristics. “James” is the first in the line of small-production single releases that will trickle into the market once a month. Next up, says Guilmette, is a French saison called Soleil, and then afterward a single hop series using other unknown varieties, like HBC342, produced by the Hop Breeding Co. Get your hands on some Brewmaster Jack now, because this recondite brewery is bound to develop into a cult favorite sought by beer nerds everywhere.