603 Brewery moves to Londonderry, looks to future
The Granite State microbrewery, which recently relocated to Londonderry, continues to grow, with plans to expand distribution around New England in the near future, starting with the furthest stretches of their home state, says marketing and retail coordinator Tamsin Hewes.
The company's founders met while attending engineering classes at University of Massachusetts' Dartmouth campus.
"We were literally busting at the seams," Hewes said. "It came to the point where we couldn't, in good conscience, tax the building's well any further."
A 4,000-square-foot space in Londonderry industrial park, just minutes from Interstate 93, turned out to be the answer to their prayers. With the trio's day jobs now a fond memory, the company recently filled a handful of part-time positions to help with production and bottling.
Londonderry Commerce and Visitors spokeswoman Sherry Farrell said she, for one, is eager to attend an upcoming tour, noting that a working brewery fits in perfectly with the town's "live, work, play locally" philosophy.
The buzz on 603 Brewery continues to spread beyond town borders. Its 18 Mile Pale Ale was recently named Beer of the Month on the WHEB "Morning Buzz Show." Hewes described the beverage as "a rye beer that's very, very drinkable."
A Toasted Pumpkin Ale made in limited batches for the autumn season has sold out, so now plans are in the works to host a "Stout Challenge" sometime in January, with customers getting the chance to vote on their favorite dark brew.
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