March 27. 2016 9:26PM

Nashua's Millyard Brewery set to open next month

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent


 

NASHUA — Passionate about offering a new taste in craft beer, the Gate City’s first nanobrewery will open its doors next month.

“We are ready to get this going,” said co-owner Dean Baxter. “Craft brews are so popular right now — people are really starting to appreciate them.”

Baxter, of Nashua, along with Ken Unsworth of Windham, will open the Millyard Brewery at noon on April 9. A grand celebration of events will take place until 8 p.m. at the brewery, located at 25 E. Otterson St.

They are leasing about 1,000-square-feet of warehouse space next to the Vertical Dreams indoor recreational facility, which has been fully renovated.

Complete with a small tasting room, brewing room, conditioning area and cooler space, the Millyard Brewery is ready for patrons, according to Baxter.

“We are trying to turn back the clock and go back to the millyard era. The beer and the stories will take us back to that period ...,” he said.

The brewery will be crafting four staple beers, including Nashua Pale Ale, Amoskeag Pilsner, Boott Porter and Jackson India Pale Ale IPA. Flights will be available at the brewery’s tasting room, along with four-ounce tasters. In addition, 32-ounce growler purchases and variously sized kegs will be sold.

“The best thing is that it is all fresh. It makes so much of a difference when the beer is fresh,” said Baxter.

This summer, the Millyard Brewery may even attempt a new concept of home-delivery beer. Tours of the facility will be available upon request.

“We are going to see how that goes. We are excited,” he added.

The brewery is hoping to sell its beer at Nashua restaurants and craft beer stores within the city’s limits. Although its hours have not yet been finalized, they expect to be open from noon until 8 p.m. on weekends, and from 4 to 8 p.m. on weekdays. They may close the brewery on Mondays.

Initially, the brewery will hire about two employees, but will hire one or two additional workers as the need arises.

Although the Millyard Brewery is not housed within Nashua’s Millyard, the owners are optimistic that they will be successful enough to eventually expand and move into the millyard area.

“It is our goal to hopefully make this side of the downtown more attractive and more appealing,” Unsworth said earlier.

Unsworth, who has been home-brewing beer for the past eight years after moving back to New Hampshire from Colorado, says the activity at Vertical Dreams should help jumpstart the brewery’s business, while word-of-mouth will continue to promote their beer.

For more information, go to www.millyardbrewery.com.

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