IC View- The Magazine of Ithaca College: Homebrew
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.