Farmers, muskets, and beer helped fuel the birth of the nation…and launch a local ale onto the craft beer scene.
Battle Road Brewing Co. tapped its 1775 Tavern Ale at Concord’s Colonial Inn last week, and judging by the investors and reenactors in the room, the pale ale is a revolutionary success.
From left to right: Joe Paluzzi of Braintree with the 9th Massachusetts Regiment, Robert Howe, of the 10th Regiment of Foot, and George Roberts, of Rockland, from the Lincoln Minutemen, sample Battle Road Brewing Company’s 1775 Tavern Ale at the Colonial Inn in Concord last week.
Battle Road Brewing Company owners Scott Houghton (left) and Jeremy Cross (right) raise a glass with Dan Meenan, of the Sudbury Minutemen, at their launch at the Colonial Inn in Concord last week.
Houghton and Cross started the company to meld their love of hops and history.
“Beer did play a major role in the history of the world,’’ said Cross, who was head brewer at Boston Beer Works, a brew pub near Fenway Park, and has been in the industry since 1996.
Houghton, who worked at the Salem Beer Works, long wanted his own craft brew.
With a tricorner hat for a logo, and varieties, such as Barrett’s Farmhouse Ale, Lexington Green IPA, and Midnight Rider Tavern Porter, in the works, Battle Road Brewing Company identifies with the valor of the Minutemen.
“We are going to do our best to do right by the story,’’ said Houghton.
Tipping their hats, the Minutemen reenactors shouted “Huz-zah!’’ “Huz-zah!’’ and “To Battle Road!’’ Then, they emptied their glasses.
Because smart branding can only take you so far, “you have to have a great beer in the bottle,’’ said Steve Slesar, a former co-owner of Boston Beer Works, who attended the opening.
In the Battle Road Beer Co.’s short history, it appears its creators have both.