Brewer Feature: Scott Shirley

​Meet Scott

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Brewing has often been described as a science and an art. At Harpoon, we work very hard to combine both to create unique and flavorful beers for you to enjoy. So, it’s no surprise that we have some of the best of the best on our brewing staff. This series will focus on the Harpoon Employee Owners behind the beer – where they are from, their brewing suppositions, most proud (and embarrassing!) brewing moments, and more! That way, the next time you see them out and about, you can high-five (they like hugs too) the craftsman behind your favorite Harpoon beers.

Meet Scott Shirley. He served in the Navy for 7 years and is fairly certain that he is being haunted my ghosts! 


How long have you been at Harpoon?

17 years

Where are you from?


What’s your brewing history? 

I was in the Navy for 7 years and then went to the American Brewers Guild in 1996. Moved to VT for a job at Long Trail. Took the job as head brewer at Harpoon in 2000.

Got a Harpoon nickname?

I’m sure but nobody has said it to my face.

What’s your all-time favorite beer?

Harpoon IPA

Have any Brewing/beer Pet-Peeves?

Hazy is lazy, except for wheat beers.

What’s been your proudest brewing moment?

Seeing Harpoon grow from 100,000 bbl’s to 200,000 bbl’s

What’s the most embarrassing brew moment?

Having to dump a pilot brew because I forgot to close a valve and pump cleaning chemicals in the kettle.

Who would you bring back from the dead to have a beer with?

Douglas Adams 

What’s your favorite place to have a beer?

Sitting on the deck of my cabin overlooking the river valley below 

Got any brewing superstitions?

The Vermont brewery is built on an old burial ground of Harvey’s relatives and they haunt the brewery  

What’s your favorite ingredient?

Maris Otter malt. I feel malt has taken a back seat to hops the past few years and I miss malty beers.

Who’s your brewing icon/role model?

Steve Parks, lead instructor for the America Brewers Guild. The most knowledgeable brewers I know.

Open ended – Anything else you want to add about how awesome you are?

I’ve been an instructor for the Brewers Guild for 10 years.  

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