The Rural We: Brian Alberg
Brian Alberg is a leader in the Rural Intelligence region’s local food movement. The Valatie native has served as the Executive Chef at the Red Lion Inn for the past decade, a job in which he interacts daily with people and business owners who love and support the cultural development of our area as much as he does.
I’ve lived here a total of 25 years. When I was 12 my family moved from Poughkeepsie to Copake, so I grew up in this beautiful area. I started an apprenticeship in Hillsdale, followed by stints across southern Berkshire County before I moved away at 25 to hone my culinary skills outside the region. I missed being here almost every day, so I visited as often as possible and eventually migrated back thanks to an opening at The Red Lion Inn ten years ago.
Great Barrington is the town that explains it all… creativity, contradiction, consistency and culinary excellence! First up is coffee at Fuel, then shopping at Seeds and One Mercantile and checking out art and artists like Dai Ban. Then a little cheese and cured meats at Rubiner’s, followed by a walk through town with a little window shopping at Bra & Girl and finishing up with dinner at Allium. It’s the little town you can get lost in! I love it!
The Berkshires has a beautiful landscape that is taken care of by people who recognize the importance of the arts, community and smart growth. We in the Berkshires have all the perks of urban culture like museums, theaters, dance, music and restaurants with the calming, nurturing surroundings of a natural and well-preserved environment.
I am totally biased based on my profession and place of employment. The Red Lion Inn projects a truly accurate representation of our region. Like Jack and Jane Fitzpatrick, then Nancy Fitzpatrick and now Sarah Eustis at the Inn, our management team and staff have always shown respect to this region’s rich history and love for the arts while looking toward smart growth through innovation, philanthropy and strong work ethics. We are all active members of our communities and work hard to see the Berkshires grow economically while maintaining its unique agricultural landscape and providing a beautiful and stimulating home for our future generations.