Beer is good.


Glass of Beer

Beer is good.


Not that long ago, all beer was local.  We're not trying to do something new, we're trying to do something right.

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Humans have been brewing beer for 6,000 years - it's in our DNA. Take some grain, some hops, some water, a little primitive chemistry, and you can make something simultaneously grounding and transcendent, personal and social.  At the core, what is civilization if not people talking to each other over a beer?

Bright Ideas is about creating beers that are the quintessence of a style - 100 mph fastballs right down the middle of the plate.  We're about accesible, affable, quaffable brews that inspire conversation, creativity, and community.  Come for a visit, enjoy a pint or two, have a chat, and get right. 

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Orion Howard
Co-Founder/Owner

Oncologist by day, beer guru by night, Orion lives for the hop. Raised in Northern California, Orion has been a lifelong craft beer enthusiaist and is pretty thrilled to have his own brewery. He's a big fan of monster IPAs, Imperial Stouts, geocaching, classic rock, and driving fast.

Eric Kerns
Co-Founder/Manager

A Los Angeles-born natural hospitalitarian, Eric truly believes that beer can build community. After two decades in arts marketing and development, he's happy to be shaping the Bright Ideas vibe. He thinks a lot about old hifi gear, authentic design, and simple human pleasures.

Chris Post
Head Brewer

Armed with the brewing legacy of his native England, as well as hard won experience at the Chelsea and Greenpoint Breweries in NYC, Chris is leading the creation of Bright Ideas' brews. A nationally certified beer judge, he's the founder of Wandering Star Brewing in Pittsfield, MA.


It's all who you know.


We've got some great partners.

HOPPY VALLEY ORGANICS

HOPPY VALLEY ORGANICS

WANDERING STAR  BREWING

WANDERING STAR
BREWING

  • HOPPY VALLEY ORGANICS
  • WANDERING STAR  BREWING
  • HOPPY VALLEY ORGANICS

    A small farm in Pownal, VT - just 15 minutes from Bright Ideas - that specializes in organic hops and products made from them. They tread lightly on their land, knowing it is what feeds us and delights us. They grow organic Cascades, Chinook, Centennial, and Nugget hops while also preserving and growing "Heritage Hops," plants that have grown wild since the 19th century.

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  • WANDERING STAR
    BREWING

    A 15-barrel production brewery in Pittsfield, MA founded by Bright Ideas Head Brewer Chris Post. Wandering Star has been cranking our some tasty brews since 2011 and we're excited with what Chris is now creating in North Adams.

    wanderingstarbrewing.com

  • HOPPY VALLEY ORGANICS
  • WANDERING STAR  BREWING