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December 14, 2018

N.H. town gives chilly reception to Shipyard's ambitious brewery plan

A New Hampshire town says it was caught off guard by Shipyard Brewing Co.'s announcement that it plans to build a $36 million brewery there by late 2020.

The New Hampshire Union Leader, in Manchester, reported that Hooksett's town planner, Nicholas Williams, said he's surprised Shipyard is promoting its plans before the town signs off.

"We really don't know much about [the plan]," Williams told the Union Leader. "Quite honestly, it's a little alarming to me that they're advertising it the way that they are."

Williams was referring to a story that ran in the trade publication BrewHound that said the Portland-based brewery plans to construct a $36 million contract brewing and co-packing plant on a 54-acre site at 39 Hackett Hill Road that housed Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. The commercial auction company, which opened at the site in 2013, closed a year ago.

Hooksett is a town of 14,000 just north of Manchester. The proposed brewery site is in a largely rural industrial and residential area just off the Interstate 93/Everett Turnpike Exit 11.

Shipyard Brewing founder Fred Forsley is partnering with Valencia Realty Capital and State Street Realty Advisors on the proposed $36 million contract brewing and copacking plant, according to BrewHound. The 100,000-square-foot site would be capable of producing and packaging thousands of barrels of beer, distilled spirits and non-alcoholic drinks.

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