Harpoon was officially born on June 19, 1986 when the Massachusetts Bay Brewing Co. was incorporated, though its origins precede the actual date. Rich Doyle wrote the business plan for the Harpoon Brewery during his second year at Harvard Business School. At that time, he was unable to find the variety of beers that were available in Europe, nor the rich beer culture he had enjoyed there. Breweries in the U.S. had changed from being a part of the local community to remote facilities serving national markets. The craft brewing revolution had yet to bloom. Rich teamed up with Dan Kenary and George Ligetti, who also shared a passion for local brewing, to form Harpoon. The brewery was an early participant in what would become a major resurgence in local, craft brewing in the U.S.

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