CraftRoots Brewing took root in April of 2014 in Milford, Massachusetts. We are passionate about connecting craft beer back to local agriculture and crafting superfresh community-inspired brews.
A little bit more about brewer and co-founder, Maureen Fabry:
Now it all makes sense to me. It was all about flavor, even back then. As a kid, I actually preferred the crust on my pbj sandwiches. I still do. Loved malted milk balls. Still do. I didn’t know then about Maillard reactions and the magic of malting, but it sure tasted great to me.
Fast-forward to 1995. Craft beer had emerged. After college days of drinking nothing but light lager, I randomly rediscovered that malty and toasty flavor I loved as kid, this time in a beer. First a Boston Lager, then a Scotch Ale, finally a Smoked Porter— heavenly!
Then a trip to Germany to visit a college friend opened my eyes to beer’s global link to farming, history and culture. I saw barley and hops growing and encountered the artistry of malting grain. For the first time I tasted beer that was so fresh, hand-picked and truly local.
An idea took root. “Germinate and grow,” I thought.
On a quest to make my own beer, I began using the homebrew kit I initially bought as a gift for a friend. It sat idle on a shelf so I asked to give it a whirl. That first batch with packaged dry yeast never really fermented. That didn’t stop me. I was on fire with my idea.
After homebrewing for several years, I chucked my so-called "career" and enrolled in the Craft Brewers Apprenticeship Program at the American Brewers Guild in Davis, CA. The year was 1999 when I graduated. I apprenticed in Boston with the only female brewer I could find. How fortunate — a Doemens Academy graduate! What crazy good fortune. Then I landed a job with Boston brewpub Boston Beer Worksand was gifted with a shot to work with the badass Jodi Andrews. More good luck and loads of inspiration.
Next, a farm brewery in western MA (Berkshire Brewing Co.) was looking, and I jumped at the chance to expand my brewing knowledge and show the guys that gals can brew too. Commuting between metrowest Boston and the Pioneer Valley, I absolutely loved every minute of working with those guys and brewing with delight.
In 2006, family called. I had twin boys. So very blessed.
While raising my kids and brewing at home until 2014, it was thrilling to watch as a craft beer renaissance began. Local malt, local hops, local flavor. Finally… craft maltsters and small hop farms, the true visionaries, had cropped up on the east coast. Dig it!
I am back on my path and pursuing my idea with a passion—handcrafting genuinely local beer with freshest ingredients grown exclusively on small farms in the northeast.
CraftRoots Brewing is Milford's first brewery! It is also the first 100% woman-owned "brick-and-mortar" brewery in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are a 7-barrel brewery with taproom, serving eight different beer styles daily.
With sustainability at its core, CraftRoots Brewing is grounded in a truly grassroots idea: connect the circle between farmers, maltsters, brewers and beer lovers.
CraftRoots Brewer + Founder