When I was a kid I was a complete library geek, way before “geek” came into my lexicon. I remember sitting in the various Air Force base libraries, one in Tachikawa, Japan, the other at Westover Air Force Base, and spending entire Saturday afternoons reading.I got into a phase, probably age 11, when I read every book I could about Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, and the one with snakes for hair captured my imagination. Okay, the image of Medusa downright terrified me. (See story at bottom of post: Medusa was a “monster.”)
Fast forward a few decades and low and behold, right near my hometown of Littleton will soon be Medusa Brewing Company in Hudson, Massachusetts, funded partially by a Kickstarter campaign that got fully funded in eight days. Today I spoke with Keith “Sully” Sullivan” about their imminent opening, slated hopefully for Spring, 2015.
“Keith Antul is our brewmaster, and he likes to make traditional English-style beers and ales. His robust Porter won an award at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) this year. We’ll make everything, well, that is except anything with blueberry.” (Thank Medusa, I think.) Having said that, we’ll blast into the scene with an enormous IPA, but temper that with some single hopped pale ales.” (what we used to call “gateway microbrews.”)
When I asked what Hudson is like now, since it was a down-on-the-heels mill town back when I was growing up, Sully responds, “You can’t believe what’s going on here. The restaurants on Main Street have been turned over into new trendier places. One will serve flatbread, another will turn the Salvation Army building into a gourmet bagel shop. A shopping center went in with a Cabela’s and other upscale(er) stores is here now. We’ve had our eye on Hudson for awhile. When we saw this location right in the center of town with free parking we jumped on it.’
Medusa will beckon beer lovers with a tasting room that can hold 150 people. It will have a 30-person bar and glassed off will be the brewery, for all to behold. “We’ll have a huge growler program with an auto-fill machine that will make quick work of getting your take-home fix (no lines, that means). We’ll have a small food menu with servers. (no getting up and walking, that means).
For now, Medusa won’t package their beer except to a small number of retailers or bars. But the future? Whatever Medusa wants, Medusa gets.
Medusa was a monster, one of the Gorgon sisters and daughter of Phorkys and Keto, the children of Gaea (Earth) and Oceanus (Ocean). She had the face of an ugly woman with snakes instead of hair; anyone who looked into her eyes was immediately turned to stone. Her sisters were Sthenno and Euryale, but Medusa was the only mortal of the three.
She was originally a golden-haired, fair maiden, who, as a priestess ofAthena, was devoted to a life of celibacy; however, after being wooed by Poseidon and falling for him, she forgot her vows and married him. For this offence, she was punished by the goddess in a most terrible manner. Each wavy lock of the beautiful hair that had charmed her husband was changed into a venomous snake; her once gentle, love-inspiring eyes turned into blood-shot, furious orbs, which excited fear and disgust in the mind of the onlooker; whilst her former roseate hue and milk-white skin assumed a loathsome greenish tinge.
Seeing herself transformed into such a repulsive creature, Medusa fled her home, never to return. Wandering about, abhorred, dreaded, and shunned by the rest of the world, she turned into a character worthy of her outer appearance. In her despair, she fled to Africa, where, while wandering restlessly from place to place, young snakes dropped from her hair; that is how, according to the ancient Greeks, Africa became a hotbed of venomous reptiles. With the curse of Athena upon her, she turned into stone whomever she gazed upon, till at last, after a life of nameless misery, deliverance came to her in the shape of death, at the hands of Perseus.
All photos used with permission of Keith Sullivan from their website.