Beer fans rejoice! It looks like a new Craft Beer Brewery is in the works in the Northern Berkshires. According to iBerkshires.com, the owner of the proposed Rising Glass Brewery, Jonathan Spinney, is applying for a farmers brewery license, to enable him to brew, serve and distribute his product, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.

Spinney has plans to locate the brew house at the former Eagles Hall on Curran Highway. After a little remodeling, the building will house a tap room, kitchen to include space for three food based businesses, a space for entertainment and a canning line, the canning line an integral element for the distribution process.

Craft Beers have seen a explosion in popularity over the past decade, and Berkshire County has not missed the boat. In the past ten years, we have seen over half a dozen Brewery's pop up, including Wandering Star in Pittsfield, Big Elm in Sheffield, Shire Hous in Dalton and Bright Ideas in North Adams, among others.

After the backlash we saw on social media after the announcement that a Chili's Grill & Bar would be coming to Berkshire Crossings in Pittsfield, we should welcome this locally owned establishment, which plans on focusing on locally sourced ingredients. These small micro breweries that we have seen pop up in recent years are enjoyed not only by local residents, along with tourists staying in the area, or even destinations pit stops for those just traveling through.