- Good Measure Brewing
Almost a year ago, Andrew Leichthammer and Scott Kerner opened Good Measure Brewing in the old IGA grocery store building at 17 East Street in Northfield. Kerner also co-owns Montpelier's Three Penny Taproom and a coffee biz called Carrier Roasting.
Now, under the name Northfield Social Club, with the help of "imaginative banking work," Kerner and Ross Evans, his brother-in-law and partner in Carrier, have purchased the building that houses the brewery. After years of business ownership, Kerner noted, "I've finally got some commercial real estate under my belt."
By the holidays, Kerner and Evans plan to move the coffee company under that roof, creating a shared space that will function as a retail outlet, café, tasting room and event space. "You'll walk in the front door and have the brewery on the right side and the roaster on the left side," Kerner said. "It'll be a one-stop liquid shop."
Part of the fun is inviting members of the public to experience the process. "It's a production space," Kerner continued. "It's loud, it's sometimes hot, it smells like beer ... [soon] you'll be smelling coffee, as well."
The extra space will allow the brewery to undertake new projects, such as adding a barrel-aging room in the basement and cold storage to facilitate the brewing of lagers. The coffee company will grow, too, with a larger roaster and more opportunities for retail sales, both in the NSC space and beyond.
"Every small town should have a brewery. Every small town should have a little coffee roaster," Kerner said. "I've been happy and blessed to find a life in Northfield ... We've been able to create a beautiful brand [here], and I look forward to taking it to the next level."