Island Spotlight: Jonathan Blum of Bad Martha Beer

Hello to All of Our Favorite Winnetu Guests,
 
During this difficult time, we are trying to remain positive, looking forward to brighter days. We are wishing that everyone remains healthy and safe.
 
To help bring some Island-life to our guests who may be missing the Vineyard, we are launching a series of conversations featuring some of our favorite Martha’s Vineyard small businesses and organizations. And some, are just right outside our door!
 
We proudly serve Bad Martha’s on tap at The Dunes and new this season, we will be doing informal beer tastings from Bad Martha’s and others.
 
Here we’ve asked, owner and founder, Jonathan Blum, of Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, located right here in, Edgartown, and a short bike ride from the Winnetu, a few questions about the Brewery.
 
Next time you visit with us, we’ll make sure we get you some samples to try!
 
 
HOW DID BAD MARTHA FARMER’S BREWERY GET STARTED?
 
I love really good local craft beer, and was looking for something fun to do when retiring from my corporate job. The island needed a craft brewery, and we’re now the only one. We built a beautiful post and beam barn on Upper Main Street in Edgartown, installed 7-barrel brewery system, use local ingredients in our beers, give all our spent grains to local farmers for livestock, and donate a percentage of our profits to island charity, especially hunger relief. 
 
WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE ISLAND?
 
My wife and I had vacationed on the island as youngsters, and then we bought our first home in Edgartown in 1989. We still have that home today, and raised our two sons in it seasonally since they were just a few months old. We moved to the island full time in 2013, the year we opened Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery.
 
A LITTLE ABOUT THE BEER
 
We make all our own beer right at our Farmer’s Breweries in Edgartown, and now in Falmouth, where we opened our second Farmer’s Brewery in September 2019. We have our own canning line, and sell pints, flights, crowlers (32 oz cans) and growlers (64 oz bottles). We’re opening a kitchen this summer, where we’ll be serving artisan pizzas, along with our local cheese, charcuterie and veggie platters. We buy many ingredients from local farms and grow some of our own hops on our patio. My favorite two beers are Shark Bite, a Jalapeño Cucumber Lager made with local farm produce, and Honey Helles, made with Martha’s Vineyard organic honey. 
 
FUN FACT
 
We have a life size sculpture sitting at the bar at our Farmer’s Brewery of Bad Martha, a brunette mermaid with a bit of an attitude and a “Bad” tattoo on her arm. Everyone who visits and takes a selfie with her gets a free “Bad” or “Get Bad” rub-on tattoo, and we’ve given away nearly a quarter million of them since we opened in 2013!!! It’s so much fun seeing young and old people alike wearing our “Get Bad” tattoos! 
 
Thank you, Jonathan, for the inside scoop and we look forward to lifting a glass of Bad Martha’s beer with you soon! Here hot off of the press, is a nice call out about Dunes and Bad Martha’s!

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Congratulations to our third #MyVintageSummer winner, Laurie Donahue, whose vintage family summer photograph we used to create this poster for our 2020 Season.
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Laurie’s photo captures exactly the kind of summertime energy we’re channeling to make this summer just as memorable as summers that came before it.
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We’re back open to the public starting June 12th and ready for a #TimelessSummer on Martha’s Vineyard. Head on over to the link in our bio to learn about the new experiences, amenities, and activities we’re offering this season.
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We’re also excited to announce the first winner of our #MyVintageSummer campaign! Congrats to @amoskovitz on her winning vintage photo submission. We loved this shot on the beach from her childhood - it reminds us of everything we love about summer!
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