Craft Beer Makers Want to Build New Microbrewery
Able Ebeneezer Brewing Company hopes to open new microbrewery this spring with Planning Board approval.
Soderberg said he, master brewer Mike Frizzelle and Zach Rand are scheduled to go before the Planning Board to get final approval for a waiver that would allow them to create a new Able Ebeneezer Brewing Company facility at 31 Columbia Circle in a former wholesale distribution business.
They currently have five craft beers that include their signature Auburn Ale, which Soderberg describes as an American red ale that is very smooth and sweet. They also have a Facebook page to promote their craft beer.
Soderberg said he and his business partners created the LLC for the new brewing company in May 2013 and chose New Hampshire because it is a fertile breeding ground for small microbrewery start-ups.
"They make it very economically viable to open a microbrewery and the state is very craft beer friendly," Soderberg said. "New Hampshire consumes quite a bit of beer."
With a new facility lined up already, Soderberg said that once they get Planning Board approval, they can bring in a contractor to build a tasting room and do some needed plumbing work. They already have most of the equipment needed to brew 600 barrels per year in a 10-barrel brewery that they will operated once or twice a week.
He said they are hoping to open the new microbrewery in the spring or mid-April.
While brewing 600 barrels of their craft beer is rather small, Soderberg said they will adjust to whatever market demand exists for their products as they spread the word about them.
He also said that Merrimack is very pleased that they chose to bring the Able Ebeneezer Brewing Company to town.
"Merrimack has been the most amendable," he said. "Everybody is pretty excited about having a new microbrewery here."