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Neighborhood brewery will be couple's new Manchester venture

By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader

June 09. 2018 7:53PM

Jenni and Aaron Share speak with the New Hampshire Sunday News in the space that will house their new brewery, To Share Brewing Co., on Union Street in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)



MANCHESTER -- Jenni and Aaron Share have traveled to Germany and around the United States visiting breweries - all in the name of research.

Their journey ended in a former electronic parts factory three blocks off Elm Street.

The Shares plan to open their own brewery, To Share Brewing Co., by summer's end in what Aaron called "our dream location" at 720 Union St.

"It's really in a residential neighborhood," he said last week in the barren space that will become a taproom and gameroom. "People can walk here and be more of a part of the community. We're partly focused on being hyperlocal. People can walk and bike."

New Hampshire is home to more than 70 breweries, according to Brew NH, a nonprofit group that promotes the state through its beer industry.

"What's happening nationwide right now is it's going back to the days before transportation," said Steve Neel, who keeps the books for the Candia Road Brewing Co. "Every neighborhood had a brewery or two, and people just patronized the brewery that's in their neighborhood."

Jenni and Aaron Share pose with lifts they are using to renovate the space that will house their new brewery, To Share Brewing Co., on Union Street in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Candia Road Brewing, at 840 Candia Road, celebrated its grand reopening last month.

"The tasting area is in a house," Neel said. "You can come and sit and play the piano."

On July 14, more than 40 breweries will serve beers at the New Hampshire Brewers Festival at Kiwanis Waterfront Park in Concord.

By summer's end, Manchester will boast at least a half-dozen breweries.

"I don't think that there's much competition in Manchester," Aaron Share said. "I think Manchester can support another 10 breweries."

Jenni Share said she and her husband, who met at a DC United soccer match in 2008 when Aaron was on crutches, plan to invest more than $400,000 in the project, including personal savings and a large bank loan.

This month, they launched an online fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, hitting its $20,000 goal by its fourth day.

Jenni Share said she was "shocked" by the support.

"To keep build-out costs low, we are doing much of the work ourselves," read the fundraising pitch. "It will be our blood and sweat in the bar, tables, storage, cold room and offices."

The fundraising will go toward buying wood for tables as well as for games and glassware.

A $25 donation got you a logo pint glass while $150 sponsored a barstool and $250 sponsored a corn hole set.

Customers will be able to request music from more than 500 records to be played on a turntable when the taproom is opened, Thursdays through Sundays. Ten beers will be on tap.

The couple checked out two dozen potential locations, with Union Street their first stop and ultimate choice, Jenni Share said.

The partial glass-block facade will get a facelift, with new windows allowing people to look in and out.

The "To Share" moniker is a nod to the owners' last name and philosophy.

"The whole point is to experience it with other people," Aaron Share said. "Our last name is with what we like to do with beer - is share."

mcousineau@unionleader.com

Jenni and Aaron Share walk to their car after giving a tour of the space that will house their new brewery, To Share Brewing Co., on Union Street in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)


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