Rich and Liz DeSousa love craft beer almost as much as they love each other. Weekends, vacations, practically all their free time is dedicated to learning about the industry, visiting breweries, and trying new beers. Now, the craft beer obsessed couple is planning on making it a family business they’ll call Kismet Brewing. As its name suggests, the co-founders believe their forthcoming venture is the natural progression of their shared passion. “It seams like it was meant to be,” says Rich. “We believe everything happens for a reason. For us, Kismet is the realization of our dreams.”
Later this summer, those dreams will become a reality when their 5-barrel micro brewery at 66 South Broad Street in Westfield opens to the public. The 1,800-square foot space, located just outside of downtown, is already set up for brewing pilot batches and will include a small retail space for to-go sales when they debut in August or September. For now, the two plan on perfecting recipes, many of them hop-forward NE IPAs, and getting test batches out to the public in June or July.
If that address seems familiar it’s because Rich’s first craft beer endeavor, a short-lived nano brewery called Two Weeks Notice, briefly operated there last summer before the partners decided to part ways. His former co-founder will re-open under the Two Weeks name later this year in West Springfield.
As for Liz and Rich, they don’t plan on rushing into things at their already-licensed location. Brewing will increase to once a week while they continue to hold down their day jobs, and of course they’ll continue to visit and try beer at other breweries, all in the name of research of course.
Once they do open for business, the self-financed beer entrepreneurs plan to produce seven or eight barrels of finished beer per week, probably two offerings at a time, and mostly in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans. They also hope to do a limited amount of some specialty bottles including mixed fermentation, farmhouse ales, and even some sours. The plan for now is to be open just a day or two each week, and to sell all their beer for off-premesis consumption. They may also have a few kegs out there at select locations. They don’t envision a full scale taproom in the immediate future, but if and when the time seems right, rest assured they’ll know it.