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Press Release (11/30/12)



Brothers Chad and Kyle Sands have purchased the historic Masonic Lodge building in downtown Manchester, Iowa with plans to turn the first floor into a craft brewery and tap house. Renovations to the building will begin soon and opening day is slated for the spring of 2014.

The Franklin Street Brewing Company will feature a wide variety of handcrafted ales and lagers, including award winning recipes, all locally brewed onsite. Seasonal and specialty beers will be on tap as well.

Brewmaster Kyle Sands had this to say, “As a small batch craft brewery, we believe in providing a rotating range of styles of high quality beers that would not normally be available in the region. Each month we plan to offer six or more different beers for your enjoyment.”

The tap house will provide a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere in vibrant downtown Manchester where patrons can enjoy a pint or sample a flight of all the Franklin Street Brewing Company beers.

Beer selections that will surely please the customer’s palate include Franklin Street’s award winning blonde ale (3rd place, 2012 Iowa State Fair, Blonde Ale category), their take on the classic American pale ale, a wonderfully smooth brown ale, and a tasty stout with a hint of chocolate. Seasonal beers to entice beer connoisseurs further will include styles such as a pumpkin ale in the fall, an Irish stout in March, and a light, summer ale with great Pilsner taste for July. Franklin Street’s specialty beers include their award winning Imperial IPA (2nd Place, 2012 Iowa State Fair, Imperial IPA category) and even an oaked stout for those with heartier tastes.

The Franklin Street Brewing Company is Chad and Kyle’s way of reintroducing a lost tradition – the locally owned, neighborhood brewery, serving high quality, handcrafted beer to local residents and fortunate visitors.

“There will be a lot of work prior to the first draws of beer from the taps,” says Kyle Sands. That work begins with building renovations which will take place through the summer of 2013. At that point, the brewing system, fermentors and serving tanks will be installed and calibrated.

The owners plan to keep everyone updated on the brewery’s progress through their blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Follow along with the Franklin Street Brewing Company on their website ( as the owners turn their dreams into reality.

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