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Hopsters Strives to Build a Community of Brewers, One Patron at a Time

By Elisha Neubauer

If there's one thing there's plenty of in the UK, its pubs. And in those pubs, there's beer. Lots and lots of beer...craft beers, cask ales, you name it, it's there.

That wide variety of original, flavorful beers is what Lee Cooper missed the most after he made his move across the pond to the US in 1996. It didn't take Cooper long before he became a madman in a backroom, frantically trying to fill the void left behind by crafting his own blends and ales.

Tinkering away, he soon learned how to go pro when it came to brewing his own beers. With a leap of serious faith, Cooper left his corporate job behind in order to launch his own space, where beer was flavorful and various and the atmosphere was warm, inviting, and eclectic.

Cooper wanted to create what he was missing from home, a community brewery which brings people together over a common like -- beer. Unlike other breweries, Hopsters actually allows patrons to get a little hands on, letting them brew their own beer if they so wish to. Of course, the facility offers its own brews, as well as offering a full kitchen with 'fun food,' as Karen Cooper, owner, calls it.

The equipment utilized at Hopsters is completely state of the art and as new to the game as you can get. All beers brewed at Hopsters are handcrafted, all natural and created from only locally sourced ingredients. To ensure his brewery would truly be a community-based brewery, Cooper solidified several local partnerships with food producers. In this manner, his business gives back to the community's economy, making sure other local businesses see success just as he did.

For those new to the craft beer game, Hopsters has a suggestion to get you started. "We have a wide variety, and as we are small we can change up our beers often," says Karen Cooper. "Our signature beer is the Newtonian, which is an IPA. Always a great place to start." Unlike most US breweries, Hopsters does on occasion have several UK cask ales on tap, which seem to appeal well to the customer base they see. These ales are rarely found in the US, due to a difference in taste preferences.

"I think it really comes down to what our culture is used to and how beers are served," details Karen Cooper. "In the UK beers are not as cold or carbonated as they are here."

Hopsters is a place for patrons to experiment, learn, and just have fun; which is exactly what Cooper had set out to do with his UK-based brewery model. "Simply put, we want to be the center for craft beer awareness in Boston," Cooper affirms.

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