Across the river, decades ago, on a back road, on a short bus, on the first day of 5th grade, Head Brewer Jamie Bishop and Sales Director Larry Stock decided to be friends… and they’ve been tight as a steel tank ever since. School was followed by years in suits, ties, sales and the suburbs, until one year when Jamie received a genius gift: a homebrew kit. We’d love to say a legend was born that day, but we’ll be real instead. An obsession was born that day.
In their first 3 years here at MHBC, they brewed over 35 distinct styles, never dumping an ounce. And still, each day, they try something new. “If we start a fire, we let it burn,” says Jamie. “Hopefully we end up with something brilliant.” Larry adds, “Brewing beer is like jumping out of an airplane, you don’t stop until you hit the ground. And sometimes you need that second or third chute. That’s where we earn our Brewer Boots!”
Since 2013, Jamie and Larry have led MHBC to become a major player in the explosive craft beer scene coming out of the Hudson Valley, striving for the perfect balance of “Art & Science.” In 2016, MHBC expanded their brew pub and relocated most of their brewing operations to a nearly 8,000 sq. ft. facility with a 20 BBL system, right down the road from the Brew Pub in Poughkeepsie, NY.
And that’s exactly where you’ll find Jamie each day, while Larry directs the Sales of this ship. Jamie explains: “Every beer has a story. A beginning, a middle and an end. The flavor, the aroma, the finish. People tell their favorite stories over and over… same thing. With our beer, we hope you’ll always want to go back to the beginning and start again.”