How did House Bear Brewing begin?

House Bear Brewing was established in 2013 by Beth Borges and Carl Hirschfeld.

It traces its roots to Beth's ungraduate studies days when she discovered the joys of mead making. When she and her friends decided to learn to brew, she opted for mead instead of beer. Later, while getting her MBA from Babson College, she decided meadmaking could be a vocation, not just a hobby, and began researching. She had noted that with so few commercial meads available there was a niche in the market. She brought her friend Carl Hirschfeld, who she'd introduced to brewing years earlier, onboard because of their complimentary skill sets and how we work as a team.

How did we get our name?

One day while listening to birds outside the window Carl said, "House Sparrows!" and Beth heard, "House Bears". The idea of "House Bears" quickly became an inside joke between the two. When it came time to name the company the name House Bear Brewing stuck as it reflected whimsy and the off-beat nature of the two owners.
The founders of House Bear Brewing, Beth Borges and Carl Hirschfeld
Founders, Beth Borges and Carl Hirschfeld

What we do:

When we opened, we decided to make dry, crisp, uncarbonated 10-12% ABV meads. No one we could find was doing this at the time. We have since added 6% ABV carbonated session meads and ciders. We also have slowly started adding semi-sweet and sweet varieties into our line-up.