Temperate Habits: An old-fashioned, family-owned brewpub in the heart of Mt. Vernon


A cozy, family-owned brewpub in the heart of Mount Vernon makes one feel like family from the get-go. Kinda in the vein of “Cheers”, if you are old enough to remember the hit ‘80’s TV show.

Temperate Habits may be the newbie in town but they are fast becoming the destination for locals to kick back, hang out, and sip on a cold one.

Katie King and Brooke Bosserman have a few characteristics in common as owners of this brewpub. First, they are cousins who grew up together, played together, became best friends, and are now brewing beer together. Second, they are also both pharmacists and as such are expected to be “of good moral character and temperate habits”, or so states the literature of their profession. For over ten years they have been just that, making the decision on a name for their brewery an easy one.(Image:Richard Schmitz)

A temperate habit may encompass a moderate or mild nature and include relaxing or meditative tasks. As Bosserman told me, “we just liked the phrase. Brewing is how we relax and our temperate habit.”

After spending some time in Germany, they became curious about beer and beer making. It was Bosserman who first purchased a “Mr. Beer Kit” as a gift for King and kicked off their brewing adventure.

“The first try was terrible but loads of fun,” says King. “We decided to go bigger and better and have another try.”(Image:Richard Schmitz)

Their first real brew was a stout.

“It came out well giving us inspiration and the feeling ‘we can do this!'” she said. Their dream began to take shape.

Using friends and family as guinea pig taste testers, they began to create their own brews. Currently, they have 10-12 original recipes to the Temperate Habits name, taking the knowledge chemistry and applying it to the alchemy of making beer.

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