A family that brews together forms Londonderry business
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.
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.
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.”
A grand opening celebration is planned for July 12 from noon to 6 p.m.
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 — drinkfromthebarrel.com.
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.
From the Barrel is Londonderry’s second brewery: 603 Brewery, 12 Liberty Drive, opened just over a year ago.
According to NHBeer.org, 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.