Zach Delashmit and Melissa Nicholson have loved locally brewed beer since they were legally allowed to drink. For them, there’s a certain charm about meticulously crafted brews from nano breweries and micro breweries, especially compared to the widely available factory-made brands. They’ve even traveled to Belgium to try local brews available only outside the United States.
They’ve been working at a Boulder brewery for a long time, where they’ve had to commute an hour each way just to get to work. They felt their home town of Rollinsville needed a brewery of its own. The convenience of being able to walk to work was an added bonus for the pair to found Howlin Wind Brewing and Blending.
The business hosted its soft opening on June 26, 2021, with celebratory drinks and friendly, familiar faces. It’s located in the town’s Tesco building, a well-known space the pair were offered that they couldn’t turn down. They were pleased with the turnout on opening day and are excited to bring the business into full swing.
Their main passion is barrelage farmhouse brews like saison beers, but because those drinks take a long time to mature, they also serve tap beers like Kolsch, Indian Pale Howlin Wind Brewing Ale, and sour beers – some of personal favorites. For those who want alternative drinks (including folks who are gluten-intolerant or want minimal to no alcohol), they also serve kombucha and bubble water.
They plan on bringing more unique brews to the space soon, along with Maine Root soda, live music (particularly bluegrass), and other special events.
Visit the Howlin Wind Brewing and Blending venue on the corner of Highway 119 and Main Street in Rollinsville every Thursday to Monday from 1 to 10 p.m. More information can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/howlinwindbrewing