LAMPLIGHTER BREWING CO.
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THE BACKGROUND ON THE BREWERY: ALL ABOUT BEER, CAMBRIDGE, OLD CARS, GAS LAMPS, AND THE TEAM BEHIND THE PROJECT

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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.

 

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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.

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AC JONES

Co-Founder

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) would take him somewhat seriously. With a prowess for design and construction, AC has quickly become our resident handyman, glycol expert, and pallet shelf installer. He loves sours and hops, and is a master beruit player. 

MARINA SIDELI Director of Marketing and Events As the brewery’s marketing and events coordinator, Marina is the mastermind behind all of our events, pop-ups, and social media. If she’s not behind the bar or on her computer, you can find her adventuring in the mountains or on the river. She's a particularly incredible shredder of pow, especially with beer in hand.

MARINA SIDELI

Director of Marketing and Events

As the brewery’s marketing and events coordinator, Marina is the mastermind behind all of our events, pop-ups, and social media. If she’s not behind the bar or on her computer, you can find her adventuring in the mountains or on the river. She's a particularly incredible shredder of pow, especially with beer in hand.

SIMON FLAIM Brewer After leaving his hometown of Philly, Simon learned the essentials of making beer at Sam Adams and Cape Cod Beer. He can normally be found lugging around kegs, grain, and heaps of hops in our brewhouse, all while consuming inappropriate amounts of pub mix from the taproom snack collection. Brewing and snacks aside, he’s a big fan of ice hockey, golf, and German lagers.

SIMON FLAIM

Brewer

After leaving his hometown of Philly, Simon learned the essentials of making beer at Sam Adams and Cape Cod Beer. He can normally be found lugging around kegs, grain, and heaps of hops in our brewhouse, all while consuming inappropriate amounts of pub mix from the taproom snack collection. Brewing and snacks aside, he’s a big fan of ice hockey, golf, and German lagers.

LIZ STARKS Beer Education, Certified Cicerone Liz is our in-house beer expert and tasting aficionado. As a Certified Cicerone, Liz is in charge of any private tours and tastings in our facility. She also hosts various staff tastings to educate our team on beer styles, proper serving techniques, and the like. When not at Lamplighter, Liz can be found working on a farm in Western MA.

LIZ STARKS

Beer Education, Certified Cicerone

Liz is our in-house beer expert and tasting aficionado. As a Certified Cicerone, Liz is in charge of any private tours and tastings in our facility. She also hosts various staff tastings to educate our team on beer styles, proper serving techniques, and the like. When not at Lamplighter, Liz can be found working on a farm in Western MA.

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CAYLA MARVIL

Co-Founder

Cayla holds a degree in math, another in brewing, and another in culinary arts. She’s spent of a lot of time working as a chef, bartender, server, and manager in beer-oriented establishments across New England, and helps to run the taproom and retail side of the shop (in addition to taking charge of a multitide of administrative roles that come with running a business). She particular enjoys snuggling with Barley and drinking liters of Werewolves. 

BARLEY SMALLS CEO Barley is most often found begging for snacks, barking at dogs who walk by the brewery, or sleeping on the shower floor. He double majored in cuteness and fluff at the elite Doggy Academy, and particularly enjoys ripping the squeakers out of toys. Due to his charisma and clear vision for the industry, he holds the coveted role of CEO at Lamplighter. 

BARLEY SMALLS

CEO

Barley is most often found begging for snacks, barking at dogs who walk by the brewery, or sleeping on the shower floor. He double majored in cuteness and fluff at the elite Doggy Academy, and particularly enjoys ripping the squeakers out of toys. Due to his charisma and clear vision for the industry, he holds the coveted role of CEO at Lamplighter. 

DANNY RAY FERGUSON Brewer Hailing from the Southwest, Danny Ray worked at Marble Brewery and Albuquerque Brewing Company before relocating out east. He’s a fan of mountain biking, a well-made lager, and, well, mountain biking. Danny Ray plays a huge role in cranking out some delicious brews, keeping the brewery clean, and playing extremely bizarre music.  

DANNY RAY FERGUSON

Brewer

Hailing from the Southwest, Danny Ray worked at Marble Brewery and Albuquerque Brewing Company before relocating out east. He’s a fan of mountain biking, a well-made lager, and, well, mountain biking. Danny Ray plays a huge role in cranking out some delicious brews, keeping the brewery clean, and playing extremely bizarre music.  

ALEX WILKING Writer, Bartender Alex holds a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University, so it’s fitting that he’s Lamp’s resident writer. When he isn’t typing up various updates and blog posts for the brewery, he putting together his bi-weekly column for Eater Boston, or drinking a dark beer on a deck somewhere.

ALEX WILKING

Writer, Bartender

Alex holds a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University, so it’s fitting that he’s Lamp’s resident writer. When he isn’t typing up various updates and blog posts for the brewery, he putting together his bi-weekly column for Eater Boston, or drinking a dark beer on a deck somewhere.

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TYLER FITZPATRICK

Head Brewer

Tyler started his brewing career at Cape Cod Beer, then enrolled in the American Brewer’s Guild of Vermont, where he learned the ins and outs of engineering and brewing science. He honed that skill at Wormtown and Mystic before taking the reigns of brewing operations at Lamplighter. In addition to making excellent brews, Tyler is also an accomplished photographer, gardener, and bread baker. 

JACK HUNSICKER Director of Taproom and Retail Operations Jack is the brewery’s taproom and retail operations manager, the tech guru behind our website, and the master behind basically every spreadsheet and illustrator file that is produced in the building. He holds a degree in physics from Middlebury College and can consume more Blitzen (often through a straw) than any other human in MA. 

JACK HUNSICKER

Director of Taproom and Retail Operations

Jack is the brewery’s taproom and retail operations manager, the tech guru behind our website, and the master behind basically every spreadsheet and illustrator file that is produced in the building. He holds a degree in physics from Middlebury College and can consume more Blitzen (often through a straw) than any other human in MA. 

JESS ALEXANDER Microbiologist Jess is our resident yeast wrangler, in charge of watching the health and growth of what makes our beer. She holds a PhD in biology from MIT, and flaunts an additional background in biochemistry. When she’s not in the company of her beakers, vials, and notes, she's enjoying a beer on the couch, or is out hiking with her adorable pup, Rosco.

JESS ALEXANDER

Microbiologist

Jess is our resident yeast wrangler, in charge of watching the health and growth of what makes our beer. She holds a PhD in biology from MIT, and flaunts an additional background in biochemistry. When she’s not in the company of her beakers, vials, and notes, she's enjoying a beer on the couch, or is out hiking with her adorable pup, Rosco.

 

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

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

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Occasionally people write about our beer and our opening progress. We're always very flattered and wanted to share our favorites.

THE BOSTON GLOBE

We've Seen the Future, and it is Hyperlocal Craft Beer

 

Boston Magazine

Lamplighter Brewing Co. Plans Menu for Cambridge Taproom

The Best Hot Dogs in Boston

 

SCOUT CAMBRIDGE

Beer is a Light That Never Goes Out: Lamplighter Brewing Co. Prepares to Open

Good Bones

 

DIG BOSTON

I Love Lamp: Lamplighter Brewing Opening in Cambridge

 

(If you have a press inquiry, please email info@lamplighterbrewing.com - we'd love to chat!)