Who We Are

To brew delicious, hand-crafted beverages

  • Produce low alcohol (sessionable) beer and cider, and non-alcoholic soda, coffee, and tea
  • Promote responsible enjoyment of alcohol
  • Support local businesses for ingredients, supplies, and food offerings
  • Use sustainable and ethical business practices

To build a sense of community centered around the brewery 

  • Organize gatherings and events that are welcoming, inspiring, transformative, and open/accessible to all
    • Board game nights, band practices, open mics, comedy nights, music nights, etc
  • Support local musicians, artisans and comedians
  • Create rituals, celebrate holidays, encourage dialogue, and provide encourgement and support

To change the world through acts of love

  • Educate about social, environmental and cultural issues
  • Organize volunteer opportunities
  • Donate profits to local nonprofits and charities

 

Our Philosophy is Agapé. Agapé is Love

(for more info about the meaning of Agapé, click here)

 

As a brewery, Agape Brewing Community will make a variety of beverages for onsite enjoyment including beer, soda, cider, coffee, tea, and more! (Limited quantities will be available for offsite enjoyment.)

 

All alcoholic beverages will be sessionable, meaning low in alcohol. We strive to use fresh, local ingredients as much as possible, by creating partnerships with local businesses. 

 

We will have a small batch brewing system and a taproom for samples and pints. 

 

 

As a community space, Agape Brewing Community will host fun and welcoming events, such as board game nights, musical performances, and comedy nights. We will strive to be open and accessible to all people, and to provide support and encouragement to local musicans, artisans, and entertainers. In addition, Agape will donate all profits back to the larger community. At Agape, you can have a great time AND support a good cause. 

Rev. Jamie Green Klopotoski- President & Treasurer

Originally from Wisconsin, Rev. Jamie has been living in Massachusetts since 2006. Jamie graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A in Religion and Jewish Studies, and from Harvard Divinity School with a Master's of Divinity. She is an ordained minister, and worked as a Youth Minister for the United Church of Christ before entering the brewing industry, most recently as Event Manager at Ipswich Ale Brewery. As the founder of Agape Brewing Community, Jamie dreams of changing the world through beer and love.  She enjoys traveling to visit breweries, tasting beer,  brewing beer, cooking, yoga, board games, painting, playing baritone saxophone, and planning big events. Jamie and her husband (The Timski) live in West Gloucester with their three cats, five chickens, and 10,000 bees.

The Timski- Vice President

Born and raised in Gloucester, The Timski is a graduate of Gloucester High School and of Northeastern University in Boston. He has worked for 10 years at EBSCO Information Services as a Software Engineer. Timski's primary interests include nerdy things, music and musicians, open source software, words and language, and Rev. Jamie. In his spare time, Timski can be found building sheds, cutting firewood, playing video and board games, tooting the tuba, and arguing about semantics. He enjoys talking about beer, drinking beer, brewing beer, listening to beer being poured, thinking about beer, shopping for beer, and teaching people about beer.

Davia Moore- Secretary

Davia is a New Hampshire native but has lived on the North Shore fourteen of the past fifteen years. From September through June, she teaches Special Education and tries to juggle playing Rugby, Softball and Sewing in her "spare time". Her summers are full of travel and being outdoors- canoeing in Nova Scotia, backpacking in the Adirondacks, and driving everywhere with her dog, River. Davia is pretty good at most things crafty, recommending new beers (or new books) for people, wilderness navigation, and color coding. 

 

Emily Prestigiovanni

Emily Prestigiovanni (née Interrante) is a 4th generation Gloucester resident and a 2010 graduate of Gloucester High School.  After receiving a degree in music therapy from Molloy College, she started a private practice, Inner Harmony Music Therapy based out of Gloucester, and in May of 2017 she graduated from Berklee School of Music with a MA in music therapy.  In October of 2017, Emily married the love of her life, Anthony.  They recently bought a house in West Gloucester where they live with their retriever mix puppy Treble.  Emily and Anthony enjoy making music for, and with, each other.  Aside from music, Emily enjoys spending time outside, ice skating, and of course drinking beer.  She is thrilled to be a part of the Agape Brewing Community!

 

Katie Ringwood

Born in CT, raised in Gloucester, and currently residing in Danvers, Katie has lived in five states but likes Massachusetts the best. She has a BS in Interior Design, but works in Wilmington for a private professional medical administrator (ask her why she loves her job!). In addition to her job, Katie loves art, both performing and visual. She is involved with local theater and takes dance lessons from Helene Joy School of Dance in Middleton. She also is a co-artist with KC Creations (www.kccreationsma.com). When she's not dancing or painting, Katie enjoys reading, sitting on the beach, watching movies and all the sports, spending time with her husband, and maintaining her fat cat's Instagram (@rollie_the_coaster).

 

Sarah Morris

Sarah was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised in Gloucester, MA, but now lives in Somerville, MA. She attended Salem State University and currently works for an insurance agency selling policies to commercial businesses. Sarah has a spicy, vivacious soul and loves to cook, eat, and travel. One of Sarah’s life goals is to travel to at least one new country a year to learn about other cultures and ways of life, to see awe-inspiring views, and to make as many friends as she can along the way. 

Nathan Burke

Hailing from Groveland, MA, Nathan graduated from Pentucket High School and has a B.A. in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Hartford. Having a great affinity for pro wrestling, he writes a weekly column for the Boston Metro online publication called "WWE Talk." Nathan has also been performing stand-up comedy around New England since 2010. Both of these passions are supported by a love of beer, and he has enjoyed learning more and more about the brewing process as a tour guide at Ipswich Ale Brewery. Nathan is very excited for this new venture with Agape beer as someone who only exclusively works toward a product he believes in.

Emily Norloff

A New England native, Emily attended the University of New Hampshire where she received a degree in English with a minor in Family Studies. Emily has a zest for life and seeing the world. She spent four months living in Florence, Italy back in 2015. Her passions include spending time with friends and family, traveling, cooking, reading, writing, binge watching Netflix, cross stitching, drawing, and cuddling with her dogs. Her beer journey began with her position of event staff for Ipswich Ale Brewery, and she excited to do even more with beer at Agape Brewing Community.

Jesse Amero

Jesse is a native of Gloucester, MA. He received his Associate’s Degree in pre-engineering from North Shore Community College and works as a tour guide for Essex River Cruises. His hobbies include swimming, hiking in the woods, games, puzzles, and snowshoeing to Agape Brewing Community to get beer during blizzards. Most of all, he really enjoys stuff n’ things. Jesse is one the three original members of the Agape Board of Directors, and he's excited the team has expanded and that Jamie might actually open a brewery someday.

Joseph Wilkins

Joseph Wilkins is a native of Gloucester, MA where he currently lives. Joe graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature and does freelance copywriting and marketing when not playing music. Music is Joe’s passion. Joe is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, studio musician and music instructor. Joe writes, records and performs continuously in the Greater Boston area and throughout the Northeast. His performances vary from full band with electric guitar to more intimate acoustic duo and trio gigs. He is looking forward to sharing his love of music and hard cider with Agape Brewing Community.

Q: What does Agapé mean?
A:
In Greek, there are many words for “love”, such as philia (friendship, brotherhood, non-sexual love), eros (love of a more sexual nature), and agape (unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful love) (see below for complete list!). It can be pronounced "ah-gah-PAY" or "ah-GAH-pay."Love is the name of our brewery. Love is the name of our first beer. And Love is our reason for being, our purpose for living. Everything we say, every decision we make, and everything we do at Agape will be done in Love. Love is all there is. Love love love. All you need is love...and an ice cold beer.

 

Greek Forms of Love

 

1. “Eros” (erotic love): Eros is a passionate and intense form of love that arouses romantic and sexual feelings and desires, named after the Greek god of fertility.  

2. “Philia” (friendship love): This is love between equals, friends, camaraderie among teammates, brotherly love.

3. “Storge” (familiar love): Storge is a natural form of affection that often flows between parents and their children, and children for their parents. This is a love of kinship and familiarity.

4. “Ludus” (playful love): Ludus is a playful form of love, the affection between children or young lovers. Ludus includes flirting and teasing in the early stages of a relationship, bantering and laughing with friends.

5. “Mania” (obsessive love): Mania is a lustful love, characterized by possessiveness, madness, jealously, and obsessiveness.

6. “Pragma” (enduring love): Pragma is a love that has aged, matured and developed over time. You can find pragma in married couples who’ve been together for a long time, or in friendships that have endured for decades. It’s the love between people who’ve learned to make compromises, have demonstrated patience and tolerance to make the relationship work.

7. “Philautia” (self love): The Greeks understood that in order to care for others, we must first learn to care for ourselves. This form of self-love is not unhealthy vanity or self-obsession. Philautia is self-love in its healthiest form. Only once you have the strength to love yourself will you be able to provide love to others.

8. “Agape” (selfless love): The highest and most radical type of love according to the Greeks is agape, or selfless unconditional love, bigger than ourselves, a boundless compassion, an infinite empathy. It is the purest form of love that is free from desires and expectations, and loves regardless of the flaws and shortcomings of others.

Brew Beer.

Build Community.

Change the World.

 
Agapé Brewing Community is a nonprofit tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization in Gloucester, MA.

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Email: revjamie@agapebeer.org

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