CraftRoots Brewing is Making History—and Great Beer

CraftRoots Brewing is Making History—and Great Beer

With a focus on sustainability, Maureen makes beer using only ingredients grown on small farms in the Northeast—primarily New England. In 2017 the National Brewers Association named CraftRoots the fastest-growing brewery in the country. Which doesn’t mean it’s big. In a 4,800-square-foot seven-barrel brewery adjacent to the taproom, Maureen brewed 469 barrels in 2018, up from 308 the previous year. She expects to break 500 this year. “It’s good growth, but it’s manageable,” she says. “We know there’s opportunity in this marketplace to generate more beer, but for Robin and me also it’s a commitment to having a balance in our life.”

5 MA Beers To Try Now: A Chat with Craft Beer Cellar’s Suzanne Schalow

5 MA Beers To Try Now: A Chat with Craft Beer Cellar’s Suzanne Schalow

I was blown away by the flavor of CraftRoots’ “Hop Mantra” IPA and how it balances the alcohol. It’s creamy and smooth, but drinks like a Session beer (below 4.5% abv). You’ll find big, bright notes of lemon, yuzu grapefruit, and orange citrus, with low to moderate bitterness that’s almost unnoticeable. It’s a very drinkable beer. Co-founders Maureen and Robin Fabry are wonderful people who have created quite the hang down in Milford, MA. If you’re in the hood, it’s a must visit.

Brew Roots Podcast - Hosted by Mat Denaro

Brew Roots Podcast - Hosted by Mat Denaro

Happy International Women's Day! We have a really great episode lined up for all of our listeners! We are speaking with Maureen and Robin Fabry co owners of Craft Roots Brewing out of Milford Massachusetts. This brewery is the first 100 percent women-owned brewery in the state of Massachusetts! We discussed the history of Craft Roots, some trends going on in the beer industry currently, what's on tap at the brewery and the plan for the future of Craft Roots!



Pink boots: Mass. brewing industry is a national leader in woman participation

Pink boots: Mass. brewing industry is a national leader in woman participation

Go ahead and question the small – but robust – operation at CraftRoots Brewing.

The Milford brewery, producing small batches just for its taproom and a select few local restaurants, is earning a reputation as a true community brewery and has earned a 3.7 out of 5 rating from the website Beer Advocate.

If you'd place your bet that the brewery's IPAs, double IPAs, stouts, ales and other brews were made by a Millennial man with a big bushy beard, a flannel and a healthy gut, you'd be dead wrong.

In fact, the only person to ever make beer at CraftRoots is Maureen Fabry, and she's a 53-year-old woman and a 20-year beer industry veteran. She's one of dozens of a growing number of women calling beer their career.

Even more, her business partner is a woman – and her wife – Robin Fabry.

The Fabrys, who operate one of the only 100-percent women-owned Massachusetts brick-and-mortar breweries, are just one example of women playing a larger role in the typically male-dominated industry, where Massachusetts may be among the leaders for female-inclusiveness.

Other breweries fully-owned by women include Northampton Brewery and Black Rabbit Farm Wild Ales & Provisions in Southwick. Brew Practitioners in Northampton is majority owned by women and Watertown contract brand Brazo Fuerte is also fully owned by a woman. 

"In terms of gender, Massachusetts is doing a great job," said Katie Stinchon, executive director of the Mass. Brewers Guild. "There's a healthy group of men and women at meetings. It feels 50-50."

Tapping into diversity: Mass. beer industry more welcoming to women

Tapping into diversity: Mass. beer industry more welcoming to women

When Milford brewer Maureen attended Massachusetts Brewers Association meetings early in her career, she was often among just a handful of women present. But she says things are improving.

When Maureen Fabry was hired as a brewer at Berkshire Brewing Company in the early 2000s, not all of her colleagues welcomed her with open arms.