DERRY — Rockingham Brewing Company recently expanded its taproom and brewing space, nearly doubling its room for visitors.
The brewery opened its doors in February 2015 in Unit 1 of 1 Corporate Park Drive. The business leased Unit 3 since 2017, and this past winter was able to secure Unit 2, which connects the two. Each unit is about 2,700 square feet.
Owners Ali and Rob Leleszi knocked down the wall between Units 1 and 2 for its expanded brewing and taproom operations, and are using Unit 3 for storage for now.
“I think we’re providing a really cool, open layout,” Ali Leleszi said.
She said they are now able to seat more visitors. The brewery hosted a ribbon cutting on Friday.
“Now, we have capacity for 70. We had capacity for 40 before,” she said.
They also have room for 24 people outdoors when they have outdoor seating available.
The initial work to expand the brewery space involved building out the bar top and installing a trench drain. So far, that has cost about $25,000, she said. Most of that was for plumbing.
Eventually, the couple hopes to install a new kitchen facility for an expanded food menu in the fall, but they don’t yet know how much that would cost.
The Leleszis started with two 20-barrel fermenting tanks and one 20-barrel bright tank. They later added a 30-barrel fermenter tank.
And by the end of the year, Ali Leleszi said, they would like to purchase another two tanks (either 20-barrel or 30-barrel) at an estimated overall cost of $25,000.
“It would almost double our brewing capacity; probably like 40% more (per year),” she said.
She said the bar tops were made from wood from Wilkins Lumber Co. in Milford plus some boards from a deck at their cottage on Crescent Lake in Acworth.
The brewery distributes beer through the Craft Beer Guild throughout the state, and through Seaboard for Northern Mass. They also self-distribute in Derry, Londonderry, Chester, Raymond and Windham.
At the end of the month, Rockingham Brewing will be coming out with a collaboration beer it is making with From the Barrel, which is located in the same building.
“We’re good friends,” Ali Leleszi said.
Rockingham hosts monthly trivia nights and will be starting up its annual Flight and Film Series in the fall.
The ribbon cutting event Friday was hosted by the Greater Derry-Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.