Dover's first brewery opens its taps
After spending the summer renovating and reinventing the space in a historic downtown mill building at 47 Washington St., Dave Boynton, 33, Josh Henry, 34, and Nate Nephton, 28, were excited to finally open the doors to 7th Settlement Brewery for a "soft opening" Wednesday.
It will be the first brewery to operate in Dover, which was settled in 1623 — making it the seventh community in the state, according to Nephton.
"It's been great. We've had a lot of people come in to fill up their growlers," Henry said, adding people are eager to enjoy their investment by sharing 64 ounces — or six pints — of the brewery's first batch of 1623 Settlement Imperial Brown Ale.
"It's well-rounded," Henry said, adding Michael Synder, a "tenant" brewer from One Love, is working on a kölsch, which is a light, crisp German ale, while they have an American winter wheat beer in the works.
Henry said there will plenty of time to ponder the possibilities, especially since local artist Jess Hunt created a "family tree of beer" between the fermentation tanks on one side of the brewery and the taps behind the 31-foot bar overlooking the Cocheco River.
Nephton said they are also brewing an oatmeal stout and have plans to expand their selection.
"Tomorrow, we're brewing our pale ale," Nephton said, adding it will probably take about three weeks before it's ready to pour.
Like the rest of the project, Nephton said, "you can't rush it."
While Boynton, who serves as general manager, previously said a bank loan paid for the bulk of the $496,000 project, the crowd sourcing from the community created a customer base who received growlers, mugs and T-shirts for their support.