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Boards & Brews

An opening date is expected by mid-January. Visit the website or Facebook page for updates.
Where: 941 Elm St., Manchester
Anticipated Hours: 3 to 11 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends (hours may be subject to change).
Visit: boardsandbrewsnh.com or facebook.com/boardsandbrewsnh




Games with taste
Boards & Brews to open in Manchester

01/04/18
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 A new cafe coming to the Granite State will amp up tabletop board gaming by offering game-themed craft cocktails, coffees, sandwiches and more.

Boards & Brews is on track to open in mid-January in downtown Manchester as New Hampshire’s first board game cafe. The space housing the former bar Spite will become a destination where you can enjoy coffee, sandwiches, beer and other drinks while choosing from several hundred types of board games to play under one roof.
The rules are simple; for a $5 daily access fee, you can choose to play any of the more than 650 board games that will be available, and order food or drinks from the cafe or bar separately. 
High school friends Keating Tufts and David Casinghino began the project a few years ago, recruiting several other friends to help with the food and drink menus. They have also appeared at various local bars and brewpubs over the past several weeks like Great North Aleworks in Manchester and Area 23 in Concord to hold preview game nights.
“We’re going to keep [the menu] very casual, so a lot of things that are easy to eat while you are playing board games, like sandwiches, snacks and salads,” said Sam Friend, head of kitchen operations at Board & Brews. “We’re definitely also going to have coffee, draft beer, some espresso coffee drinks, as well as probably either like a drip coffee or a pour-over coffee. I’d like to have cold brew too.”
Casinghino said the menu is also going to feature a small selection of craft cocktails.
“We’re going to do … some fun themed drinks to kind of go along with the gaming theme of the cafe,” he said.
These will include “Ticket to Rye,” a rye whiskey-based cocktail based on the board game Ticket to Ride, and “Cosmo Encounter,” a cosmopolitan-style drink based on the science fiction-themed strategy board game Cosmic Encounter.
But Casinghino also said he’s hoping the cafe will draw in board game players of all ages.
“We’re definitely trying to create a community space that isn’t totally centered around drinking … so that it can be a place that’s fun for people who don’t necessarily want to drink,” he said.
A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University’s organizational leadership program and a former social worker, Tufts discovered the board game cafe craze online some three years ago when he stumbled across Snakes & Lattes, a board game cafe in downtown Toronto, Canada, that was one of the earliest pioneers of the trend.
“I said to myself, ‘Wait a minute, Manchester totally needs something like this,’” he said. “Through my research, I realized that if you’re in a major city, you’ll have a successful board game cafe. All you need is coffee and enough games and space for people to sit down and play them.”
The cafe and bar seating caps at about 55, Tufts said, and there will be roughly between 650 and 700 board games available to play. 
In addition to classics like Clue, Monopoly and Risk, there is a wide variety of more obscure, harder-to-find board games that Tufts has amassed for the incoming cafe over the years.





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