“I’ll give you a tour,” says Finn. Staying behind the bar, he points over to the kegs, bags of hops, and large, shiny tanks, and laughs. “There it is.”
Located in a building not much larger than someone’s garage, Coös Brewing Company is certainly a small brewery. But what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in taste. Coös Brewing offers several flavorful craft brews that Finn hopes will add to the character of the North Country region he loves and grew up in, a region he hopes will become as popular for its own craft beer as it is for its wide array of outdoor activities.
A native of Columbia, New Hampshire – a town just south of Colebrook – Finn became passionate about craft beers while living for a while in Burlington, Vermont, a place that is legendary for its craft beer scene. While many craft beer enthusiasts talk about someday opening their own brewery, Finn wanted to make it a reality. He ended up learning from the best. He got an internship with Vermont’s Hill Farmstead Brewery, a brewery that has been named the best brewery in the world the last four years and five of the last six years by RateBeer.com, the world’s largest, most popular beer review and rating website.
Finn wasn’t sure how the local community would take to craft beer, so he started small. He says people who aren’t familiar with craft beer can sometimes be intimidated by it because they think it’s going to be too dark or they think you need to know the jargon to drink it and talk about it.
“I just tell them ‘Taste it.’ You know good beer by taste,” says Finn. “Everybody will know when they taste the beer whether it’s good or not. And that’s the only standard you need.”