First came the brewpubs. Now, here come the suppliers. Come late fall, aspiring home brewers in the Mad River Valley will have a new spot to get their carboys, malt and yeast — as well as bottles and growler fills.
New Vermont residents Victor Osinaga and Mark Drutman are moving to Waterbury to open the Craft Beer Cellar of Waterbury, a branch of a growing female-owned, Massachusetts-based chain that sells a kaleidoscope of brewing supplies and bottled beers.
“We don’t want to be just a bottle store. We want to be a repository for anything having to do with craft beer,” says Osinaga, who’s originally from the Adirondacks. He adds that he’s done some home brewing but mainly counts himself as a serious craft-beer drinker. “I’ve been in the scene for 10 years or more, going to tastings and festivals all over,” he says.
The 2300-square-foot store, to be located at 3 Elm Street, will be heavily stocked with glassware, carboys, bottles, equipment, hoses, hops and yeast, plus a rotating tap list for growler fills. “We’ll stock everything,” says Osinaga, who plans to open by late November.