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Press Release (05/09/13)






May 9, 2013




Renovation of the historic Masonic Lodge building in downtown Manchester will begin this week. Brothers Chad and Kyle Sands are turning the first floor into a craft brewery and tap house with opening day slated for early 2014.

Phase one of the renovations will consist of restoring much of the building’s original beauty. Brewery co-owner Chad Sands had this to say, “From the beginning, we wanted the building’s true character to shine through.” The renovation work will consist of removing the plaster walls to reveal the original brick as well as taking down the drop ceiling tiles to show the grand thirteen foot ceiling. Other work will include updating the Franklin Street façade and Delaware Street exteriors.

Once complete, the tap house will offer a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with hardwood flooring, exposed brick walls and, the centerpiece of the building, a large bar with plenty of seating to enjoy the locally produced beer.

Local contractor Wade Brandt along with sub-contractors Don & Walt and Becker Electric have been hired by the brewery to complete the renovations.

Once construction is finished, the Sands brothers will work on Phase two – the installation and calibration of the brewing system. Nine 120-gallon serving tanks and three fermenters have already been ordered. Once the brewery’s equipment is delivered, it will take time to calibrate the system to ensure the beer recipes turn out exactly like the brothers want them.

The Franklin Street Brewing Company will feature a wide variety of handcrafted ales, including award winning recipes, all locally brewed on site. According to brewmaster Kyle Sands, “We will provide a rotating range of high quality beers in styles that would not normally be available in the region.”

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

Follow along with the Franklin Street Brewing Company on their website ( as the owners plan to keep everyone updated on the brewery’s progress.


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