Growing Roots

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(This column was originally published on Jan. 9, 2013 in the Waterbury (Conn.) Republican-American.)

Big Elm Brewing begins to grow

By Will Siss

In Sheffield, Mass., just a few minutes from the northwest Connecticut border, there is a brewery.

And in that brewery is a tricycle. And a sandbox shaped like a tugboat.

For owners Christine and Bill Heaton, Big Elm Brewing is more than just the culmination of two careers. It’s where their two children are concocting their first memories.

Big Elm Brewing opened in October and is one of those family-owned businesses you want to succeed, if only for the sincere and hardworking crew keeping it afloat.

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Christine and Bill Heaton of Big Elm Brewing of Sheffield, Mass.
Christine and Bill Heaton of Big Elm Brewing of Sheffield, Mass.

This new brewery, called Big Elm Brewing, in Sheffield, Mass., is propelled by the coolest husband and wife team. I’ll be getting you the best column I can about Christine and Bill Heaton, formerly of Victory Brewing in Pennsylvania. Their farmhouse ale is a winner, as is their rauchbier. More to come…