Hello everyone and welcome to another episode of People & Pints. I know it has been a long time coming; I ran into a couple weeks of being very busy and being very sick, respectively. Now, I think I will be able to get back on track! I spoke with Bryan Greenhagen of Mystic Brewery this past weekend out in Chelsea about his start in managing and building out a brewery and how the past five and a half years have gone for the Mystic family. Some of my favorite beers are brewed by Mystic (if you’ve listened to the show, you know I love Saisons) and we had a very interesting Mystic beer on a previous episode. I’ll give a little disclaimer that honestly we could’ve talked about a million other things, and the bittersweet reality of this episode was that we spoke for a long time before recording. So, some things were rehashed, some things we never got to, but overall we had a great time and hope you enjoy it!
One important distinction Bryan made when discussing the impetus for Mystic was the desire not just to bring quality beer to the States, but also the European beer culture. Mystic began as a production facility and started with mostly Saisons, but the brewery grew and expanded its taproom and began to offer a more diverse selection of styles.
For the episode, we drank Bad Poetry, a Grisette, which was brewed in collaboration with Will Shelton. It was super delicious, like any of the other Mystic beers. Bryan is very proud of his commitment to using only house yeast strains, which means they don’t buy any of it; it’s cultured by the staff. Yeast isn’t always sung as an important aspect of beer but brewers like Bryan have demonstrated the importance of highlighting quality yeast.
Bryan also shared some of the ways the brewery has become a community and how he’s found success in his Chelsea taproom. Part of that is built on the success of Ciao Pizza, which has teamed up with Mystic to offer its pizza for taproom guests. However, Bryan qualified that the mission “wasn’t to have lines out the door.” He didn’t and doesn’t want the marketing plan to be about having folk line up for hours to get a beer. So, they’re plenty happy trying to foster a “casual beer culture” in Chelsea.
We hope you enjoyed our conversation and please check back next week for another episode!