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Beer, the American Spirit, and Kelsey Grammer

Actor Kelsey Grammer, TV’s Frasier, started his own brewery in Upstate New York.

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American Love

Not exactly news anymore, but actor Kelsey Grammer has launched his very own brewery called Faith American Brewing Co. in Upstate New York. That’s right, everyone’s favorite fictional psychotherapy radio host, played on the wildly popular sitcom Frasier, is now playing a real-life beermaker in Margaretville, Delaware County. Let’s Cheers to that! (sorry, couldn’t resist) 

It’s been described as “a Belgian style ale with the crisp refreshing taste of a lager,” Mmmmm…sounds tasty.

While many celebrities today are starting their own tequila brands (which is pretty cool in-and-of-itself), Kelsey carried on a greatly traditional endeavor rich in American history and American spirit. If beer is to America, then Kelsey Grammer is, well, to America. So it’s no wonder one compliments the other so favorably, so effortlessly. 

In other words, there probably isn’t a better pairing than Kelsey Grammer starting an American brewing company. 

Headshot of celebrity Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer. Photo by John Mathew Smith & www.celebrity-photos.com, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Pretty cool in its own right, what Kelsey Grammer did was not only perfectly fitting but quite admirable too.

Why? Because he did this for selfless reasons. 

For one, he simply doesn’t need the money. Kelsey is worth somewhere to the tune of $80 million. Plus, starting a brewery from scratch isn’t exactly the huge moneymaker many dream it to be. It takes a lot of time and dedication to reach those levels of monetary returns. Frankly, he just doesn’t need to do any of that. There are plenty of other more profitable business ventures to explore.

Second, he purposely chose this seemingly indiscriminate location to place his brewing company. Delaware County isn’t an obvious choice for a microbrewery undertaking. In fact, it’s a place close to Kelsey’s heart.

On their website he writes:

“Having visited the Catskills as a boy and spent some of my most precious days here, I always suspected I would have a future with these mountains. Twenty-six years ago, the land was bought that is the home to Faith American. Here in Delaware County, times have been challenging and the once prosperous region has suffered considerably; it was a dream of returning this land and even this region to prosperity, a dream that commerce could restore this magnificent corner of the world to a thriving and vital place in America’s economy that gave birth to the idea of a brewery. It is our hope that Faith will create and sell beautiful beers of all varieties. We will brew at the old dairy farm site and explore this marvelous craft, living in harmony with the land and the people here, harvesting our potential together as Faith American Brewing Company brings joy to our customers and revenue to the community.”

Kelsey could’ve started a brewery anywhere in America; heck, he could easily start any business anytime, anywhere in the world. 

But the Catskill Mountains hold a different kind of value for Grammer: sentimental. This is where his roots are. 

It doesn’t meet his celebrity status today, but rather his kindred spirit of a not-so yesteryear. 

He wants to bring economic life and communal determination back into this little piece of Upstate New York.

And lastly, Kelsey’s brewery is literally a motif of America’s soul. The name alone elicits patriotism, of faith and country — Faith American Brewing Company. It’s identity is, in a strong sense, detached from his. 

Don’t get us wrong, he’s spoken about his brewery quite publicly. But he’s taken the virtues of capitalism, in the purest sense of the word — the grit that built this country through good old fashioned hard work — and put it back into the place and people of Delaware County. This is where his brewing company belongs.

Kelsey Grammer didn’t just build a brewery. He rebuilt his former community and gave them a “hopeful tomorrow.” Because they gave him something much more: his identity

Without those years, who knows where Kelsey would be today. For all we know, America could’ve missed out on countless hours of intimate humor, laughter, and thoughtful insight over these past few decades — broadcasted in wonderful full color magic, all the way from “La La Land.”

Cheers to America’s beers!

For more information on this great, new American beer institution, visit their website: www.faithamericanbrewingcompany.com

Libation Nation Editor. Drink(s) of Choice: Mostly IPAs, Rye Old-Fashioneds. Favorite Breweries: Pretty much anywhere in California. Favorite Music: Pop Punk (don't judge me), Pop Rock, Indie Rock.

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