Matt Westfall’s plan was to get a master’s degree in sociology, but beer got in the way.
As an undergrad, Westfall became fascinated with brewing after living in Willimantic while in college and spending time at Zok’s Homebrewing & Winemaking and Willimantic Brewing Co., two of Connecticut’s brewing OGs. Instead of sociology, Westfall began studying hops and other beer ingredients. Eventually, he became head brewer at the New England Brewing Co., serving in that position for nine years and helping to make the brewery one of the most critically acclaimed in the state. After leaving NEBCO, he opened Counter Weight Brewing Co. in 2017, which quickly took its place among Connecticut’s top breweries.