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A family that brews together forms Londonderry business

Union Leader Correspondent

June 19. 2014 11:00PM
Joel Anderson pours a Pilsner behind the counter at From the Barrel Brewing Company in Londonderry. The family owned and operated nano-brewery will open for business on Saturday, June 21. In the photo below, Joel is seen with brothers Jason and Jon. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)

LONDONDERRY — In the Anderson family, bonding takes the form of brewing and bottling in small batches.

For the past several years, Windham resident Gary Anderson has been whipping up pale ales and porters with his son, Joel, as a hobby, with their brews enjoyed mostly by relatives at summer barbecues.

As word of their brews spread beyond the family, the two men decided to go public.

Joining forces with Gary’s wife, Debby, and the couples’ other children, Jon, Jason, Jim and Mary Kate, and their spouses, the Andersons are opening their family business, From the Barrel Brewing Company LLC, this Saturday. The opening coincides with N.H. Craft Beer Week.

The new brewery is located at 12 Londonderry Road and features a tasting room for guests to try up to six varieties of beer while catching a sneak peak at the brewing process though a large, picture window.

Company spokesman Jon Anderson, a resident of Sandown, said the business holds a state nanobrewery license, which allows it to brew up to 2,000 barrels annually.

Anderson said the facility will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., or “as long as the beer lasts.”

From now through early July, guests can enjoy beer samples on the premises. Starting next month, 22-ounce “bomber bottles” and 32-ounce “growlers” will be sold for take-home.

A grand opening celebration is planned for July 12 from noon to 6 p.m.

“We’re very excited to become part of the expanding brewing industry in New Hampshire,” Gary Anderson said. “It’s been a blast getting to where we are now, and we’re eager to celebrate with everyone.”

Among the local brews available at From the Barrel are Lily India Pale Ale, Strictly Simcoe Pale Ale and Powerful Pilz Pilsner Ale. Those wanting to check out daily selections may do so online at the company’s website —

“Joel and I are very much hops fans,” Jason Anderson said. “But we also have a few brews that are more on the dark side.”

And though it’s still too soon to tell, Joel Anderson said he’s excited at the prospect of teaming up with his new neighbors, Moonlight Meadery. The successful purveyor of honey wines is located in the same industrial park.

“Once we get our bearings here, we’re definitely thinking ahead for some tasting events,” he said.

From the Barrel is Londonderry’s second brewery: 603 Brewery, 12 Liberty Drive, opened just over a year ago.

Across New Hampshire, craft breweries seem to be popping up rapidly.

According to, a trade group for Granite State beer brewers and their fans, there are 35 craft breweries in the state.

A 2012 survey conducted by the national Brewers Association indicated that the state’s beer industry employs more than 3,100 workers, with an annual economic impact of nearly $248 million.

N.H. Craft Beer Week will run from June 21-28. For a complete list of events, visit

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