Discussion in 'New England' started by EnronCFO, Jul 7, 2012.
If you want to see that magnificent beard one more time at the Brewery, head in tomorrow.
Oh man, you're bumming me out! I wish I could. I hope he'll still be at the Southern NH Brew Fest this weekend. Long may that beard grow, and long may his beer flow!
Sweet! Always great to see new faces in this state! Here's to hoping that he does get that hankering. VT has no shortage of excellent beer at this point!
I bought a can of the Iron Mike Pale Ale. Really friggin' sweet to see a pale ale in a tallboy.
Kinda bummed to see Wil leave the Moat but I'm sure he left it in good hands. I guess I kind of assumed he was moving on to another brewing gig somewhere else. Hard to picture what else a guy who's been brewing professionally for over a decade would do.
Will told me his assistant brewer has taken over at Moat. His wife landed a good job here, and many are trying to help them locate rental housing until they sell their place in NH and can find another here. Nothing wrong with taking a break from brewing, but his talent would be wasted if he doesn't start another eventually. Just so many goddamn new breweries here in VT coming online - the competition must be daunting for a newcomer to the state.
I figured Scottie had taken over at the Moat. I'm sure he'll keep things going just fine. I'm sure it was a tough decision to leave but family comes first so best of luck to him and his wife.
Boston, New York, Philly will take of the overflow of great beer coming form VT. ;-)
You kidding me? I heard end of the month? Why the rush? And any word on who is taking over as lead brewer at Portsmouth?
I figured the story must be something like that. Well, New Hampshire's loss is Vermont's gain. There are a lot of new breweries in Vermont, for sure, but Will Gilson is probably one of the most experienced brewers in the region--I'm sure whatever he does will stand out, if he decides to brew down the road. And while I'm really sorry that he's no longer brewing at the Moat, I'm glad to hear that Scottie has taken over there.
I heard the rumor last week and reached out to Tod.
He confirmed that he's indeed leaving, but doing so on good terms with Peter and the rest of the Portsmouth Brewery crew and staying on until however long it takes to transition his role over to a new brewer.
The upside is that he's looking into starting his own brewery in southern Maine and retains the rights to Kate the Great.
Looking forward to hearing more from Tod and wish him all the best.
So you are saying Kate Day will be in ME after next year (assuming this year's batch has already been brewed)?
No. I didn't say anything about Kate Day.
Remember Tod delivering Harpoon kegs to a hotel I worked at in the early 90's I have followed him from harpoon to commonwealth to a brew pub on boylston st (forget the name) to Quincy ships and to Portsmouth. He actually gave me a great nickname at a Friday afternoon harpoon tour that lasted 5 plus hours (wobblymailman). Needless to say I will show up where ever he lands.
Don't forget his stint at The Tap! Best to Tod everytime, that man has played a huge role in the NE craft beer community and is such a friendly and approachable ambassador of good beer to all comers, not just us geeks.
Did a custom cheese-pairing for Tod's visits to VT Brewers Fest for the last 3 years - a joy to collaborate with on finding the perfect match for his beers and presenting our findings to fest attendees in the Education Tent. Said he would be at his grandma's 90th this year instead - will miss his smiling face but psyched he is keeping the brewing-ball rolling in the area.
Great Guy, Great Brewer, Best of Luck
Well, it's a bummer to see him go, but I'm really glad to hear that he'll still be brewing in the area. No idea where in southern Maine, but having a brewery across the river in Kittery Foreside or somewhere would be a great way to celebrate the opening of the new bridge. Anyway, I wish him and the folks at Portsmouth all the best. And I guess you can't be too sad about adding another new brewery, and presumably welcoming a talented, new head brewer at Portsmouth. Tod will be a tough act to follow, but I really hope and expect them to continue brewing great beer. And having a new brewery across the river will be all the more reason to stumble across the bridge, whether for a pint at the source or at one of Kittery's bars.
For as long as I've been able to drink and aware of craft beer, Tod Mott and Portsmouth Brewery have been synonymous. I did the Harpoon tour a few weeks ago, and unexpectedly spotted Tod in an old black and white photo on the wall. I knew Todd had brewed at several places in the Boston area before heading north to Haverhill and then his long stint at Portsmouth. Still, it was a good reminder of the impact he's had in the regional beer and brewing scene, and how unusual such a long stint in one place is for a non-owner brewer. I hope we'll still see him around town in Portsmouth, and at festivals, and I can't wait to see what both he and Portsmouth have in store.
Completely agreed. I moved to NH 4.5 years ago and wasn't really a craft drinker until I started hitting up PBrew after work. A life changing place for me, really. When you look at the number of new breweries that have been launched in the last several years by guys that are merely above average to good homebrewers, it will be nice to have a new brewery run by a guy that ranks as one of the all-time greats. Given the level of talent within the Smuttynose/Portsmouth family, I'm sure Peter will be able to find a head brewer without issue. Maybe Tyler will come back over!
I will miss KtG Day, though. Not the bottle/scratch-off nonsense, but drinking Kate on draft for an afternoon with other beer geeks is about as good as it gets. It was a day I know Tod really enjoyed too, so maybe they'll come up with another plan for it.