Shire Breu-Hous

Well made products that preserve the heritage of their location are not only a testament to our country’s great history, but a natural partner for Ball and Buck.

You didn’t have to ask us twice to venture over to Dalton, Massachusetts (otherwise known as part of the Berkshires) to check out Shire Breu-Hous.

Founders Nick and Andrew started the company five years ago but this labor of love, hops and damn good beer has been in production for just eight months now. The two wanted to turn brewing into a full-time job, without losing sight of who they are and what they wanted to accomplish with both the product and brewery itself.

Carrying on the heritage of New England manufacturing in a new world was of utmost importance to them. Shire Breu-Hous selected the former Crane Stationary Factory to become their home. Construction began in the fall of 2016, and to help keep the spirit of Massachusetts industrialism alive they tried to preserve as much of the building's character as possible. Original hardwood flooring that had to be removed to install brewing equipment became bench seats and table tops. The tap system and coffee tables are made from parts of the old factory vacuum pump; the lounge chandelier is made from old compressed oil filters, and the host stand is a 150-year-old type-setting table.

Construction materials and the menu were sourced from the best local spots in Massachusetts. Marble was procured from a quarry in Lee (the same marble that was used in the Lincoln Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery). The liquor on-site is from a few local distilleries with meats, cheeses and produce from local farms. The brewery even grows their own hops.

Head to the Berkshires and check out Shire Breu-Hous for yourself, an immersive brewery experience that speaks to the tireless evolution of American industrialism. And will serve you a damn fine beer.

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