WHAT WE DO
WE MAKE BEER
Our focus is on aroma-packed, funky, and flavor-driven ales, and we love to play with yeast, the true brewer in the beer making process. We brew lots of one-off batches that allow us to pursue our various whims, and we don't shy away from sours, twists on traditional styles, and adding pertinent and unique ingredients to our beers.
Our goal is to make beer that you’ve never had anywhere else (or at least that you can't find very easily), but beer that is still drinkable and enjoyable. We want to use tradition as a launching point, and add complexity and depth with our choice of yeast and ingredients. We hope that this way when you see the name Lamplighter on a menu or label, you’ll have a good idea that you’re in for something delicious.
WHERE WE BREW
WE BREW IN AN OLD CAR GARAGE
We lease an amazing 10,000 square foot building at 284 Broadway between Central Square and Inman Square, and we plan to brew, package, and sell our beer right from there. The building used to be Metric Systems, a wonderful neighborhood auto repair shop owned by a father and son team. They took a chance and chose to lease the building to a start-up rather than sell to a developer. We are so so grateful, and hope to make them proud.
There's not much parking, we don't have a loading dock, and we occasionally find some old quirks, but the building and location are amazing. We want to be producing and sharing our product at the center of Cambridge activity in an area that's accessible by bike, foot, bus, T, car, or pedi-cab, and we are smitten everyday with the beautiful brick facade and industrial interior.
WE'RE EXCITED TO SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY
Our onsite taproom will serve as a launching ground for new and seasonal styles, and provide a space to see the brewing process in action and learn more about what we're doing. Our retail counter will offer a spot to grab growlers and go, and is nestled in the brewing area so that you can get right up close to the action. We also hope to offer our beers in various bars and restaurants throughout Cambridge, and continue to expand distribution as we grow.
One of our main goals is to make a positive impact on the community, and give back to the neighborhood that we live in (yes, our condo is two blocks away - the commute to work is reasonable). We'll also house Longfellows, a coffee shop and cafe, during the morning hours and early afternoon. This is a local spot - we want a space for you to hang out, have fun, and drink and eat in Area IV.
WE LOVE CAMBRIDGE
We brew our beers in Cambridge because we think it's the best place in the whole world. It's a center of entrepreneurship and innovation, and it's also rich with history and culture. We have an incredible food and beverage scene, and a ton of diverse, intelligent, and interesting community members.
We want our beers to complement the amazing city we live in, and we want to provide a local option for all the good folks who live, work, study, and visit the area. Brewing is a science, and its also an art. Cambridge is a city that embodies both, and we hope to reflect that in our beers.
WE LOVE LAMP(S)
What's with the name, you ask? Good question. We wanted to identify ourselves with something that was truly Cambridge in its feel, and we were inspired by the gorgeous old gas lamps found around the city. When lit, they're warm, they're welcoming, and they feel like Cambridge. They are also a symbol of community, tradition, and (at the time when they were used...) progress. A lamplighter was the guy or gal who was responsible for lighting these beacons, and we similarly hope to mimic these qualities in our taproom and beer.
If we want to take the metaphor too far, we can also discuss how drinking beer feels a bit like lighting your inner lamp.
WHO WE ARE.
AC spent four years earning a degree in molecular biology and biochemistry from Middlebury College, before heading off to get a brewing degree from the Siebel Institute in the hope that people (and yeast) will take him somewhat seriously. He's a triple threat - not only is AC a pro with lab equipment, he also excels in design and is gifted with a sledgehammer. With these talents in mind, AC has spearheaded the graphic and interior design of Lamplighter and facilitated the start of demo and renovation at 284 Broadway. He will, of course, also be responsible for churning out some tasty brews and constantly reminding us that science plays an important role in brewing beer.
Cayla keeps the gears turning and keeps the boys in check. Cayla spent her formative years earning a degree in math, another in brewing, and another in culinary arts. She’s spent of a lot of time working as a chef, bartendress, server, and manager in beer-oriented establishments across New England, and will make our taproom the wonderful, welcoming place we know it will be. She’s also taken charge of our website, social media, and Quickbooks, and has therefore made herself the most important one in the company. Oh, and she's a damn good brewer. If you have a problem, call Cayla.
Tyler knows how to make some kickass beer. He earned his chops by brewing at Wormtown, Mystic, and Cape Cod over the past five years, he’s attended courses at the American Brewer’s Guild, and he's a barrel-aging and Brett wizard. He's also an accomplished photographer, gardener, and bread baker, and grows an unbelievable neck beard. Tyler will work his magic on the shiny brewery equipment day in and day out in order to kick out some truly fantastic beer. And, if you want to drive him crazy, make a bunch of terrible hop puns. Puns are Tyler's kryptonite.
FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS, ATTORNEYS, ACCOUNTANTS, THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE,
EVERYONE WE'VE EVER TALKED TO, BEER DRINKERS AROUND THE WORLD
The Wizards Behind the Curtain
It's all fun and games when writing bios about ourselves, but there's some seriousness to be had here too. This has been a long journey and a more arduous one than we ever anticipated, and we have not done this on our own. We are incredibly grateful for the help and support from everyone in our lives, and we couldn't have done it without the assistance of just about every single person we know. Thank you all for supporting our dreams.
IN THE NEWS
Occasionally people write about our beer and our opening progress. We're always very flattered and wanted to share our favorites.
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