Taking Beer Beyond its Natural State
A look inside Bloomfield’s intrepid Nedloh Brewing Company
In our July/August issue’s Liquid Assets column, we learn more about the founding and day-to-day operations of Nedloh Brewing Company.
Situated at the east end of the curious stretch of road that locals call “antique mile” for its abundance of stores selling vintage items, the modern glass facade of Nedloh Brewing Company imparts a slightly surreal feeling on motorists entering the town of Bloomfield via routes 5 and 20, and beckons to them with intrigue. Driving up the gravel driveway toward the brewery, visitors are treated to a crystal clear view into the brew house. With its towering fermentation tanks and glistening steel machinery, the building evokes the feeling of a cutting edge research facility, and what goes on inside is not far from that observation.
The brewery owners, husband and wife duo Nate and Josie Holden, observe the day-to-day functions from offices connected by a metal gangway overlooking the brew house. Josie is proud of the unique layout, having overseen the design process personally. “I really wanted to make this place look beautiful and have people enjoy it as much as we do,” she beams. The two arrived at the decision to open the brewery out of a shared passion for experimentation, something they felt their previous occupation in wine was ill-equipped to give them. “You sit around for a whole year and you can’t taste what you harvested; you can’t taste that new vintage,” Nate says. “It’s always something in your mind: What’s it going to taste like? With beer, boom: three or four weeks and my batch of beer is done. You’re trying it. You’re doing different things. I think for us, being younger, that’s the fun thing with beer.”
To read Ben Slomovic’s full story on Nedloh Brewing, keep an eye out for our July/August issue, in subscriber mailboxes and on newsstands soon!
Photo by Ben Slomovic