Smuttynose making a comeback after foreclosure saleKIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent
June 22. 2018 12:48AM
HAMPTON — Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton is undergoing a renaissance after financial struggles led to a foreclosure sale in March.
Since taking the helm, CEO Richard Lindsay says he has been listening to employees and customers with the goal of staying true to the brand while kick starting innovation. More events for the public and in-house brewing competitions are bringing the company back to life.
Lindsay said they are investing $2 million in a canning line that will take a year to build at their historic Towle Farm Road location in Hampton.
A $300,000 interim line is already producing Blueberry Weisse. Plans are to can FinestKind and Hazy IPA soon.
A new 30-gallon small batch system for experimentation is helping brewers create new products to be served during tours and next door at Hayseed Restaurant.
“The brewery really hasn’t come up with new products in the last few years,” Lindsay said. “Now, we can just play. We can do a bunch of new stuff.”
That encouragement of creativity is music to the ears of Greg Blanchard of Lee. He is the brewery operations manager and has been employed at Smuttynose for 20 years.
Blanchard is grateful Runnymede Investments took over the company and has given them opportunities to try different things.
“The magic is back,” Blanchard said. “It’s a dream come true because no one knew what was going to happen.”
Blanchard left a career in the restaurant industry after he began homebrewing and realized how happy it made him. He applied for jobs at the handful of local brewers in the area and eventually took a part-time job on the Smuttynose bottling line in February of 1998.
Wednesday, Blanchard was looking forward to the July 16 in-house brewing competition. He said it is very competitive, but he wouldn’t disclose much about his team’s entry.
Lindsay said they are also focusing on more ways to attract people to their location for the Smuttynose experience. He envisions festivals and families spending time picnicking on the new menu items coming to Hayseed Restaurant July 4.
“I’m convinced if they come, they will want to come back,” Lindsay said.
On Wednesday evening, the brewery hosted Yappy Hour for the New Hampshire SPCA from 6 to 8 p.m. Cars were lining the street by 6:30 p.m.
From every pint sold, $1 was donated to the SPCA.
Matt and Roxane DeZazzo, of Hampstead, brought 6-year-old Buster to Yappy Hour.
“I think it’s nice dogs can come. It’s a good fundraising experience,” Matt DeZazzo said.
Amy Rybczyk, of Manchester, is the owner of Gunther’s Goodies and was there with her treats made from beer grain, peanut butter, flour and eggs.
“We always like to give back to the community and dog rescues are our favorite,” Rybczyk said.
For more information about upcoming events, visit www.smuttynose.com.
To learn more about upcoming Yappy Hours, visit www.nhspca.org/yappy-hour.