You Asked: Where can you get your fill of local craft beer?
Q.: Where can you find craft breweries in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont?
A.: Whether you want to stock your fridge or give a growler this holiday season, there are several options and opportunities to share local libations.
From northern to southern Berkshire County, there's Bright Ideas Brewing in North Adams, located on the same campus as Mass MoCA. In Dalton, Shire Breu-Hous finally has a building permit and should be up and running in the coming year. Pittsfield has Wandering Star Craft Brewery, founded by Chris Post, who is also the head brewer for Bright Ideas. Moving south, you can visit Glass Bottom Brewery in Lee, Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington, and Big Elm Brewery in Sheffield.
Within a 25-mile radius of Pittsfield, there are two neighboring breweries in New York state, Chatham Brewing in the town of Chatham, and The Beer Diviner, which has a taproom in Petersburgh, and recently opened a new space in Troy.
Next door to the Berkshires, in Southern Vermont, there are also several options: the newer Harmon Hill Brewery, as well as Madison Brewing Company, Harvest Brewing, and Northshire Brewery in Bennington; J'Ville Craft Brewery in Jacksonville; Beer Naked Brewery, which is in the process of relocating to Marlboro; and in Brattleboro, there's Hermit Thrush Brewery, McNeill's Brewery (one of Vermont's oldest microbreweries), and Whetstone Station Brewery.
Q.: Is there a specific person for whom the Newsboy Statue in Great Barrinton, Mass., is named?
A.: No. The statue was put up in 1895 by Col. William L. Brown, a part owner of the New York Daily News (the earlier Daily News, not the tabloid available now.) Brown had a second home in Great Barrington. He built the statue as an homage to one of the people he believed was integral to the newspaper industry: The newsboy who delivered the papers.
Q.: Are there any Berkshire County natives in the baseball Hall of Fame?
A.: There are two: Pitcher Jack Chesbro (1874-1931) and infielder Frank Grant. Chesbro played in the majors with Pittsburgh, the New York Highlanders and the Boston Red Sox. Chesbro is best known for winning 41 games for New York in 1903. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1945 by the Veterans' Committee.
Grant (1865-1937) was born in Pittsfield but his family later relocated to Williamstown when he was a small child. Grant played several years in the Eastern League and later with several teams in the Negro Leagues. Grant was considered by many baseball historians to be the best overall African-American player of the 19th century. He was inducted into the Hall by a special Negro Leagues Committee in 2003.
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