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The lineup at Oddball Brewing. Allie Ginwala photo.




Oddball Brewing Company

The new nanobrewery (6 Glass St., Suncook) is set to open this month. See oddbbrewing.com for updates.




Comfort and brews
Oddball nanobrewery coming to Suncook

11/12/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 When Bill Walden and Mark Ferguson envisioned the space that would house Oddball Brewing Company, “comfortable” was the type of atmosphere they had in mind.

“We wanted people to walk in and feel comfortable within the tap room,” Walden said. “We wanted it to be inviting and we wanted the public to be part of the process.”
Stepping inside the open concept space on Glass Street in Suncook, it’s immediately apparent that the patron’s perspective was in mind during construction. Only a few steps forward from the entrance is a small bar with three stools overlooking the brewing area in the level below.  
“It’s definitely unique amongst breweries,” Walden said, noting that Magic Hat Brewing Company is the only other brewery he knows of where you can look over the whole process, but even then you’re separated by glass. 
Ferguson and Walden gutted the building, which was formerly an art studio, down to brick and stud, then rebuilt it into what is ultimately a far cry from the original plan the two homebrewing respiratory therapists set for themselves.
“Our initial plan was to start small, maybe a three-barrel system, in my backyard,” Ferguson said. “That was the first thought, and it morphed into this.”
Ferguson has been homebrewing since 1995 and Walden since 2001. They were each intrigued by the intricacy and variance of brewing beer and the fact that changing one step in the process can alter the entire taste.
“If we soak the grains at a lower temperature we get a dryer beer. If we soak them at a higher temperature we get a sweeter beer with more body to it. If we boil longer we get more concentrated sugars for the yeast to work on,” Walden said. “You can tailor every part of it.”
After brewing all kinds of beer at home and visiting craft breweries, they took their hobby to the next level, researching and gleaning knowledge from other brewers. The “competitively collaborative” environment of New Hampshire’s craft beer scene has been a help — they got information from Able Ebenezer about their burner — and they’ve tried to pay it forward by sharing details about their system with other interested brewers.
One thing that already sets Oddball Brewing apart is its location. While there are dozens of breweries across the state, Walden and Ferguson aren’t worried about entering a saturated field given that there aren’t many breweries located in the greater Concord area.
“If the population couldn’t sustain the amount of breweries, I don’t think you would see people opening them, or you would see a higher failure rate,” Walden said.
“And we personally have seen a lot of interest,” Ferguson added.
As far as their beer selection, Walden said it will be “all over the map,” drawing from his love of building flavor profiles and Ferguson’s attention to detail.
“We like to play,” Walden said. “We’ll have core beers, but we’re gonna make a lot of different beers too.” 
Oddball Brewing’s three core beers are a wheat beer, an IPA and a double IPA.
“I think our name … definitely shows that we’re not gonna be brewing one type of beer or we’re not going to stick to one hard line,” Walden said. “We enjoy the process, we want to have fun doing it, and I think our name kind of reflects that.” 





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