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Four neighbors turn their garage brewing into a small taproom in Halfmoon

Four neighbors turn their garage brewing into a small taproom in Halfmoon

HALFMOON – Randy Lewis is turning his 30-year experience of home brewing and opening the Other One Brewing Company at 1505 Route 9 on Friday.

The beer builder brewed at home as a hobby, which intrigued a couple of his neighbors.

Little by little, Lewis’ one-man show grew, adding three partners – Brian Hutchinson, Peter LaPan and Matt Stillitano – as they started brewing savory ales out of Hutchinson’s garage together. 

“We experiment a lot and sometimes you hit it right,” Lewis said.

And hit it right they did. The four boozy craftsmen nailed down a variety of beer flavors they’ll be debuting this week. 

The Other One Brewing Company will be a small taproom, hosting as many as 45 people at once. Lewis said he and his partners wanted to revive the old taproom scene because in the olden days there used to be one on almost every corner.

The taproom will offer a variety of IPAs, ales and porters but will particularly specialize in New England-style IPAs. Although Lewis said if you can name it, odds are he and his buddies can brew it.

The company does have a flagship beer called Sajulus, a citrusy blend composed of several grains and two types of yeast with notes of orange, melon and stone fruit. This beer was inspired by Lewis’ daughter, who as a young girl couldn’t pronounce the word fabulous, so instead told everyone they looked “sajulus.” 

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