Former Magic Hat Brewing Company head brewer Matt Cohen has signed a lease on a 3000-square-foot space at 6305 Shelburne Road. He hopes to begin brewing this summer under the moniker Fiddlehead Brewing Company.
“The focus is going to be on making handcrafted beers with a special emphasis on using local ingredients,” says Cohen via email. “To start, Fiddlehead is going to be available on draft only and available for sale in growlers at the brewery.”
Cohen worked at Magic Hat for 12 years and left last November “to follow my lifelong dream” of opening his own brewery.
Across the street, the 73,000-square-foot former home of Shelburne Industries at 6221 Shelburne Road in Shelburne is under contract. A sizable portion of the building may eventually house a local-foods processing facility whose plans include space for a miller, a curer, a chocolatier, a cider maker and a community kitchen.
Despite a door that stayed locked for the past three weeks, Montpelier’s Samosaman Café has not closed permanently. A water leak affected the Main Street eatery in late February, but owner Fuad Ndibalema says he expects to reopen later this week.