Catamount's product line now includes three British-style ales - Catamount Gold, Catamount Amber and Catamount Porter.
As Catamount becomes a bigger part of that market, we may begin to be competitive with some of those imports.
For Catamount, however, contractors are more ally than opponent.
The way I look at it," Mason says, "brewing contracts are a vehicle by which we can increase production and sales without incurring the marketing expenditures that accompany expansion of Catamount brands into more distant markets.
Mason reports Catamount is currently producing two brands under contract; Post Road Ale for the Old Marlborough Brewing Co.
The contract-brewed products are not perceived by the public as Catamount brands," Mason says.
For Catamount, taking on contract brands to build volume was a strategy that was almost too effective.
In addition to our Gold and Amber ales," he says, "we'd decided to brew Catamount Porter year-round.
At that time, Catamount possessed two 82-barrel fermenters and six J.