For Catamount, however, contractors are more ally than opponent.
The way I look at it," Mason says, "brewing contracts are a vehicle by which we can increase production and sales without incurring the marketing expenditures that accompany expansion of Catamount brands into more distant markets.
Mason reports Catamount is currently producing two brands under contract; Post Road Ale for the Old Marlborough Brewing Co.
The contract-brewed products are not perceived by the public as Catamount brands," Mason says.
For Catamount, taking on contract brands to build volume was a strategy that was almost too effective.
In addition to our Gold and Amber ales," he says, "we'd decided to brew Catamount Porter year-round.
At that time, Catamount possessed two 82-barrel fermenters and six J.
To bolster capacity, Catamount shoehorned an extra wing onto the company's small lot in late 1990, allowing installation of two JV Northwest 122-barrel fermenters and two 80-barrel conditioning tanks.