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As a kid, I would sometimes wander the aisles of Don Gleason’s Camping Supply on Pearl Street in Northampton and daydream about living off the grid. In unchaperoned moments I’d climb in the tents, test flashlights, browse survival kits, and plan my inevitable, possibly permanent getaway into the woods.

Sullivan sees the Onward IPA as Progression’s flagship beer. “I get mainly pineapple and grapefruit out of it,” he says, “and the yeast I use adds a kind of peach flavor,”

Gleason’s closed in 2016, after nearly 60 years of business. But I sat in the space last week, in the new taproom of Progression Brewing Company, and sampled a New England IPA called Onward, followed by a double IPA called Upward. Both are terrific. The wilderness still calls my name, but I’m not eager to flee from such cozy places and delicious local pints. If I further delay my escape from civilization, it may be due to the promising future of craft beer here in my hometown.

Northampton has had a craft beer scene for decades now, and it’s grown a lot recently. But the city needed a place like Progression…

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