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Northshore March 2019

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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111 Citra, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops, which lend earthy, berry-forward flavors to the drink, while Home Port relies on Citra and Simcoe lupulin for juiciness and a piney profile. It's a stroke of irony, perhaps, that a brewery making their name with New England IPAs, hazy and hop-heavy, has a porter on tap that tops them all—the Commodore, a peanut butter and chocolate porter, the exact kind of beer one reaches for this time of year. But that doesn't diminish the IPAs. Each of them boasts freshness for staving off the winter doldrums, and thanks to Channel Marker's hop selection, each of them stands out for its unique flavor profile. Variety's the spice of life in craft beer, and Channel Marker has a talent for using variety to strike a balance in their lineup. But most of all, they have passion, and they have it in spades; and passion, even more than their beer, is their lifeblood. "rough the encouragement of, again, family and friends, and then not just them, but strangers that have come and tried the beer through there, we were like, 'All right, let's see if we can make a go at this,'" Negrotti says. at's two pluses in their favor. e third is a pronounced identity as the North Shore's hop-forward outfit. According to Crandell, "e fact that we focus on this and no one else really is focusing on this style of beer in the area will distinguish us." Time's proven both of their theories are correct: Just a few weeks after opening, the brewery is packed with patrons, including families out for a day at the new local hot spot. "I think the thing for me that was interesting was, when we opened I kind of expected people to just come in, have a couple of beers, and then leave, right? To continue on their way," says Negrotti, as he waves goodbye to some customers who are leaving and hello to others that have finally gotten in. "And we had one couple and their baby and they were here for five hours!" If there's a better sign of success than that, well, Channel Marker is sure to see it in the months to come. channelmarkerbrewing. com "Through the encouragement of, again, family and friends, and then not just them, but strangers that have come and tried the beer through there, we were like, 'All right, let's see if we can make a go at this.'" —JUSTIN NEGROTTI

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