Mark Zappasodi knows that using hops from his Tamarack Farmstead at Silvaticus Brewery, the Amesbury spot slated open at the end of August, gives him a marketing edge—farm-to-growler has a nice ring to it. But there are other benefits to tapping his own crops.
“I do a beer made from spruce tips from my farm, and the benefit of that is I know where my product is coming from. I know how it’s raised,” he says. “There’s going to be a certain flavor to our beers. I’ve made a beer with 100-percent maple sap and spruce tips from my farm. And to me, it tastes like my farm.”
Zappasodi, who’s operated the Tamarack farm in Merrimac with his wife, Caroline, for a few years, partnered with his friend Jay Bullen, who was the head brewer at Alaska’s 49th State Brewing Co., to open Silvaticus in an old mill building along the Powwow River. The 45-seat brewery will include a semicircular bar with 12 taps and an outdoor beer garden that overlooks the river. Bullen and Zappasodi expect to use the seven-barrel brewhouse to make beers ranging from saisons to hefeweizens.
“We’ll do a hoppy saison called Tamarack Saison with hops grown on my farm. That’ll be a first offering, and I think we’re going to be open right around hop harvest,” Zappasodi says. “I don’t have enough hops to support the brewery all year-round, but fall and winter will have more beers made with Tamarack farm hops.”
Silvaticus Brewery & Taproom, 9 Water St., Amesbury (978-504-2337) silvaticusbeers.com