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Running On MEMTea

I have to admit something. It’s a fact about myself that I don’t willingly share because of how often it is received with stares of distrust or questioning of my sanity. But in order to write this post I have to be honest, so here goes:

I don’t like coffee.

Phew, OK, I said it. I know what you’re thinking, how can I work at American Provisions and not like coffee?? It’s true, we are well known for our coffee program at AP, and I, like anyone else, receive great joy after foaming the perfect latte or pulling a beautifully timed espresso shot. It’s also true that when my boss found out about my aversion to coffee, he might have seriously contemplated firing me on the spot. I know you all love coffee and I support that! But I am here to stand up for the underdog of hot beverages, the too often forgotten and sidelined drink: tea.


Chamomile flowers, Moroccan Mint, & Rooibos Decorated                              [photo by Caley Mahoney]

At American Provisions we strive to sell quality products, which is why I can confidently begin my defense for tea with the strong example of MEM Tea Imports. Locally based in Watertown, Massachusetts, MEM Tea has been providing high quality loose leaf tea to restaurants & shops since 1999. We sell a wide selection of their teas, many of which they custom blend to create unique interpretations of the varieties they import from major producers like China, Japan, India, & the Middle East. The MEM teas that we sell come packaged in elegant tea tins, each with an explanation of the type, as well as essential information like optimum brewing temperature and time for each tea. Continue reading

A Jack of All Trades, A Brewer of Beer


Every Brewmaster Jack tap handle is branded by hand (Photo courtesy of Tyler Guilmette)

Remember visiting your grandparents’ or great-grandparents’ home? Exploring the dark, dank basement, the heater hissing like a demon? This is just how brewer Tyler Guilmette remembers visiting his great-grandfather’s house in Vermont. He later found himself home-brewing out of a similar environment, no longer feeling the dread of walking down the dark staircase but instead descending into a habitat perfect for brewing beer. It’s funny that 80 years apart, Tyler has found himself brewing in a similar basement as his great-grandfather Jack used to, unbeknownst to Tyler at the time.

As an homage to his family connection with brewing, Tyler, the true brewmaster of Brewmaster Jack, named the company for his great-grandfather. At 25 years young, Tyler is now brewing, marketing and distributing his beer around New England. Though he acknowledges that he has a lot to learn, Tyler uses the skill sets of his generation—single, no kids, no mortgage—to put his all into Brewmaster Jack. Continue reading