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IC View- The Magazine of Ithaca College: Homebrew

October 8, 2012

Matt Cohen ’96 might not be considered unusual for finding his calling on campus, and in the library no less. Except he wasn’t studying but flipping through a magazine—and his spark of inspiration was an ad for a home brewing kit.

“Late one night I went down to the kitchen at the base of the East Tower, boiled up some wort, and brewed my first batch of beer, a light American ale,” recalls Cohen, who opened the Fiddlehead Brewing Company in Shelburne, Vermont, on New Year’s Eve in 2011. “I thought it was pretty delicious, but I’m sure if I tried it now I wouldn’t be able to get through a glass.”

An anthropology major, Cohen found that his hobby fit neatly into his studies. “I soon realized that every culture had a fermented beverage,” he says. But he wasn’t sure brewing would become a career until after he graduated and moved to Vermont.


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