Mass. breweries and their top beers
Berkshire Brewing Co.
Location: South Deerfield
Top beer: Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale
In 1994, home brewers Gary Bogoff and Chris Lalli founded the Berkshire Brewing Co. and introduced the Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale. The company now sells 15 different styles of beer - nine year-round, six seasonal - but it's the Steel Rail that dominates, producing 60 percent of sales. "We have a joke here at the brewery that its the beer that keeps us going," said Jim Merriam, sales manager. "Its a nice balance of hop and malt. Light, refreshing."