Craft Beer Makers Want to Build New Microbrewery

Able Ebeneezer Brewing Company hopes to open new microbrewery this spring with Planning Board approval.

Credit: Able Ebeneezer Brewing Company
Credit: Able Ebeneezer Brewing Company
Carl Soderberg and his business partners have everything they need to get their new craft beer microbrewery off the ground in Merrimack except for final Planning Board approval which they hope to gain Tuesday night,

Soderberg said he, master brewer Mike Frizzelle and Zach Rand are scheduled to go before the Planning Board to get final approval for a waiver that would allow them to create a new Able Ebeneezer Brewing Company facility at 31 Columbia Circle in a former wholesale distribution business.

They currently have five craft beers that include their signature Auburn Ale, which Soderberg describes as an American red ale that is very smooth and sweet. They also have a Facebook page to promote their craft beer.

Soderberg said he and his business partners created the LLC for the new brewing company in May 2013 and chose New Hampshire because it is a fertile breeding ground for small microbrewery start-ups.

"They make it very economically viable to open a microbrewery and the state is very craft beer friendly," Soderberg said. "New Hampshire consumes quite a bit of beer."

With a new facility lined up already, Soderberg said that once they get Planning Board approval, they can bring in a contractor to build a tasting room and do some needed plumbing work. They already have most of the equipment needed to brew 600 barrels per year in a 10-barrel brewery that they will operated once or twice a week.

He said they are hoping to open the new microbrewery in the spring or mid-April.

While brewing 600 barrels of their craft beer is rather small, Soderberg said they will adjust to whatever market demand exists for their products as they spread the word about them.

He also said that Merrimack is very pleased that they chose to bring the Able Ebeneezer Brewing Company to town.

"Merrimack has been the most amendable," he said. "Everybody is pretty excited about having a new microbrewery here."

Debra Huffman January 08, 2014 at 10:39 AM
It's always a pleasure to welcome new businesses to Merrimack, and a microbrewery will be a fun addition to the community. I look forward to opening day!
TW January 08, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Great story behind the company name! Welcome to the 'Mack.


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