Stratham man wants to open brewery in Exeter
Joseph Berwanger of Stratham is looking to turn a 4,000-square-foot space in a commercial building on Epping Road into a brewery for German ales.
The plan will go before the town’s zoning board of adjustment on Dec. 17. Berwanger isn’t expecting any problems, but he needs a special exception okayed by the town to allow the plan to move forward.
Berwanger is no stranger to the brewing industry. He and his buddy Rob Sama brought Chicago’s Baderbräu Brewing Co. back to life in recent years, but Berwanger has decided he’d rather stay here in New Hampshire.
“We’re getting out in the beer community and talking to local brewers. We have the ability, especially on the Seacoast, to create a really vibrant craft beer community. I’m pulling together a team of brewers and staff to really do this right,” said the 43-year-old Berwanger, who also owns a consulting firm called OnCourse Business Advisory.
He plans to create a “pilot brewery” inside the facility to work on recipes and products for the tasting room, which he hopes to open next summer.
The brewery will likely have a staff of 12 to 14 people within the next three years, he said.
“I think it’s a pretty good plan,” he said.
But his first choice is Exeter.
“The fit in Exeter is terrific,” he said.