Greg Noonan was a pioneer in homebrewing methodology, an acclaimed brewing author, a co-founder of one of the first brewpubs in New England, an innovator in professional brewing techniques and a truly great publican.
Having found a shortage of literature on the science of brewing for homebrewers, he decided to compile a “how-to” book. There were a few setbacks but in 1984, he put his type-written manuscript in a shoe-box and handed it to Charlie Papazian. It became the first published book from Brewers Publications called Brewing Lager Beer.
He opened the Vermont Pub and Brewery in Burlington, VT in 1988 after getting the legislature to pass a bill to accommodate the concept of brewpubs. In 1994, he and his wife, Nancy, opened the Seven Barrel Brewery in Lebanon, NH. Greg was a co-founder of the Amherst Brewing Company in Amherst, MA in 1997.
In 1993, Greg wrote Scotch Ale for the Classic Beer Styles Series from Brewers Publications and followed that with a revision of his original work titled New Brewing Lager Beer, in 1996.
He received the Recognition Award from the American Homebrewers Association in 1997, the Achievement Award from Brewers Association in 2004, the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing in 2005. The most oft-repeated accolade about Greg Noonan has been that he always took the time to talk to anyone interested in brewing. Greg passed away in 2009.