Until recently, Untold Brewing co-founder Kristin Greene was working in marketing in Google’s Cambridge office.
Her brother, brewery co-founder Matt Elder, had an office job, too. A couple years ago, Elder left his desk and moved to Seattle, where he began training as a professional brewer.
“I didn’t want to just take my home-brewing skills and jump right into it,” says Elder, who worked the evening shift at Georgetown Brewing Co. for a while to gain experience.
“I’d finish all the brews for the day, make sure the tanks were prepped for the next morning, close up the packaging line for the night,” says Elder. “The good thing about the evening shift is you have to do all of it, so you really get to learn.”
While in Seattle, Elder met Kyle Hansen, another brewer at Georgetown, with whom he developed a business plan.
“That’s when the creative juices really started flowing,” says Elder, who recruited Hansen to come east and then lured Greene away from Google and back to their hometown of Scituate.
There are no breweries operating in Scituate or in neighboring towns such as Hingham and Cohasset. Anyone who’s trekked to the shore off Route 3 knows the towns’ seaside locations encourage a kind of isolationism. By establishing a brewery in Scituate, the Untold founders knew they’d be building it for the people who lived there, and so it was especially important that residents were happy.
Untold is taking over an old schoolhouse, built in 1852, restoring the building, and adding brewing space onto the back. During the renovation, workers found old Beaver Dam Mineral Spring Water bottles in the schoolhouse attic. The original chalkboard has been restored and will be used to display the tap list.
“The town was so supportive of bringing the schoolhouse back to life,” says Greene. “The more we started talking about it the cooler it became.”
Elder and Hansen have been tweaking recipes of beer styles familiar to the Pacific Northwest and will offer several bold IPAs and pale ales when the brewery opens in September. In the meantime, siblings Elder and Greene are adjusting to spending so much time together.
“We went from being on opposite coasts to sitting side by side every day,” says Elder.
“We’re still on talking terms,” adds Greene, laughing. “We were totally candid from the beginning that there are gonna be days where we are not gonna agree. But we have similar working styles. We’re all pretty chill, which is helpful.”Gary Dzen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.