Mike Bacon describes his journey from beer drinking to owning Arrowhead Ales Brewing Company as long strange trip.
“I started brewing the styles I enjoyed most because many of them were hard to find and I wanted more availability,” he said. “I also very much enjoyed the creativity behind many of the up and coming breweries and emerging styles and thought it was definitely something I wanted to get into. It's a story of hobby turning into a passion and turning into a career for myself and many others. I'm truly blessed to be able to do what I do. The most rewarding part is helping others.”
And for beer aficionados, Arrowhead Ales brews including Ahh Fuggles Irish Red Ale, Mad Genius and Belgian Whitbier with coriander and orange zest are best enjoyed in its covered beer garden.
“Rain or shine, you can grab awesome food and beer outside,” said Bacon. “The vibe is chill and family friendly. We also have the best staff to make your visit as great as possible. We take nothing for granted and try to make every day the best possible.”
Hailstorm Brewing was founded in 2014 by two home-brewing friends with a vision to make great quality beer. “We are constantly refining our process and ingredients to dial in each recipe over the course of many years,” said Owner/Founder Christopher Schiller.
“What makes us different is that we are an actual beer-hall style venue and production brewery. Unlike most breweries that are more a restaurant experience, we are a true beer hall with large shared tables, where you can go at your own pace, sit anywhere, stay as long as you like,” said Schiller.
The welcoming atmosphere helps make strangers friends while they enjoy a variety of beer styles — from IPAs to lagers to sours to porters. Popular food items include smoked chicken wings, Bavarian pretzels and flatbreads.
There are also a number of events, including Oktoberfest, trivia nights and live music.
While many coffee drinkers have become accustomed to the grab-and-go speed and convenience of getting their morning cup of joe and getting on with their day, Audrey Maher was looking to offer a much different vibe with Pekoe & Bean.
Inauspiciously opening just eight weeks before the onset of the pandemic in 2020, Maher’s shop, which is also a tea room, a cozy art gallery and a private party space, drew a quick following via some good word of mouth that helped the shop thrive in tough times. She credits her great staff and her loyal customers for Pekoe & Bean’s success, as well as the simple notion that maybe not everybody wants to get in and out with their coffee.
“This is a place for people to come in, spend some time and experience a small local community business that really cares,” she says.