Meet the Team

          Mat Alec


Matt is the founder of   He created the site in 2o12 as an opportunity to share his love for craft beer and brewing with anyone willing to listen.  A lifelong beer enthusiast, Matt began brewing in 2008.  Since then Matt has enjoyed his time hunting down exciting beer from all around the world, brewing whenever possible, and becoming an active competitor in brewing competitions all around the country.  Matt is a founding member and the current president of the M4: Mid-Mass Malt Masters Homebrew Club, former manager of The West Boylston Homebrew Emporium, and current Middle School English Teacher.

Favorite Everyday Drinking Beers: Ballast Point – Sculpin          Night Shift Brewing  – Marblehead   Victory – Hop Ranch       Founders – Breakfast Stout

Favorite Breweries Treehouse Brewing Monson, MA Westbrook Brewing Co Mount Pleasant, SC Jack’s Abbey Framingham, MA Cantillon Brouwerij Brussels, Belgium Founders Brewing Grand Rapids, MI  Jester King Brewing Austin, TX

Favorite Beer to Brew Tough Udder Vanilla Milk Stout,  Witching Hour Black IPA, or anything sour/wild

Pat Gouin

Pat is the current Store Manager at West Boylston Homebrew Emporium and is the “resident mead-master” and videographer on TheBeerFiles. He’s been brewing beer and mead extensively since late-2008 and is a founding member of M4: Mid-Mass Malt Masters Homebrew Club. Before that, he managed the craft beer department at his local liquor store beginning in 2004. In addition to brewing and his love for craft beer and mead, he enjoys being an amateur photographer and is a huge History-buff.

Favorite Everyday Drinking Beers: Ballast Point – Sculpin, Wormtown Brewing – Be Hoppy IPA, Maine Brewing – Lunch, Stone – Enjoy By… IPA, North Coast – Old Rasputin, and any Pale Ale or IPA from Treehouse Brewing.

Favorite Breweries Tree House Brewing (Monson, MA), Jack’s Abby (Framingham, MA), Cantillon Brouwerij (Brussels, Belgium), Jester King (Austin, TX), Dogfish Head (Milton, DE), Sixpoint (Redhook, Brooklyn), Maine Beer Company (Freeport, ME), Cascade (Portland, OR), and many more.

Favorite Beer to Brew “We The People” West Coast IPA, “Liberty Tree” Porter, and anything experimental, sour or funky.

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