The career path of Jeremy Cross was all but set in stone back in 1975. As a two year old strapped into a car seat in the back of his parents Dodge Dart, he would proudly belt out the jingle, “Heineken tastes tremendous, no wonder it’s number one”! 20 years later, after sampling an Imperial Stout while sitting on the banks of a New Mexico river, his fate was sealed.
Jeremy began his journey as an apprentice at the Ipswich Brewing Company a year later in 1996. Fate landed him a brewing gig at the Borealis Brewery in Anchorage, AK in 1998. After spending a few years honing his craft in Alaska, Jeremy went on to attend the prestigious Master Brewers Program at UC Davis. While studying the science and art of brewing at Davis, he simultaneously worked as a production brewer for Hoppy Brewing Company in Sacramento. Upon completion of the Master Brewers Program, Mr. Cross moved back East to work at Salem Beer Works where he met future Battle Road Brewing Co. partner Scott Houghton. The two worked well together sharing similar brewing styles and philosophies. Jeremy became the Head Brewer at the Boston Beer Works Fenway Park location, running one of the highest volume brewpubs east of the Mississippi. In 2008, Jeremy left Beer Works and teamed up with Scott in the hopes of introducing a new and exciting craft beer brand to New England. By 2012, Jeremy Cross’ career came full circle, brewing Battle Road’s first offering in the very brewhouse where he got his start 16 years ago in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Jeremy is a proud member of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA) District New England and a member of the Institute of Brewers and Distillers (IBD).
While picking Concord grapes for his Mum to make jelly, a young Scott Houghton spied an unusual plant intertwined among the vines. The broad, green leaves sheltered papery green cones with a pungent aroma. His Grandfather revealed they were hops, that Scott’s Great-Grandfather had planted to make his own beer during Prohibition. This idea of self-sufficiency helped define a life-long philosophical path.
Fresh out of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1986, and frustrated by the then relatively scant variety in available beer brands, he and some friends purchased equipment and ingredients to make their own homebrew. Anchor Steam, a beer he discovered in 1983 for the first time, proved that indeed, beer of substantial character was being produced in the United States. The first wave of the Craft Beer Renaissance began to unfold before him, and by 1993 he was employed part-time at the Frank Jones Brewery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The die was cast, and Scott worked next with Joe Rolfe at Ould Newbury Brewing Company before finding a more permanent niche at Salem Beer Works, where he was made Head Brewer in 1996. Gold Medals at the Great American Beer Festival in 1997, 1998 and 2000 and being awarded the William Hipp Scholarship were highlights of a thirteen year run with Beer Works. The scholarship provided for coursework at the University of Wisconsin, Madison through the Master Brewer’s Association of the Americas “Malting and Brewing Science” program. Scott went on to serve as Technical Chairman of the New England District MBAA for two years. Several years of domestic and international brewing industry consulting and developing the concept of Battle Road Brewing Company followed with friend and colleague Jeremy Cross.