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Tasting room at new nano brewery Aigean Ales in Manchester. Courtesy photo.




Aigean Ales

Address: 250 Commercial St., Unit 2001, Manchester 
Tasting room hours: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. 
Call: 518-8550
Visit: aigeanales.com, facebook.com/aigeanales




Starting small
New nano brewery opens in Manchester mills

04/13/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 After more than 20 years of homebrewing and exploring the New Hampshire craft beer scene, married couple Andrew and Kerry Freisinger decided it was time to start a brewery of their own. 

Last week, they held the grand opening for their new brewery Aigean Ales in Manchester. 
“It’s always been fun for us to do the New Hampshire Beer Trail and check out new breweries, and it’s exciting to go back later and see how they progress over time,” Andrew Freisinger said. “So we thought we’d try to give that same experience to other people.” 
Aigean Ales — Aigean meaning “ocean” in Gaelic — is a two-barrel nano brewery with a tasting room and four taps. Those taps are currently filled with the brewery’s first four beers, including a New England-style, low-alcohol session IPA that’s more sweet than bitter; a Scotch ale; a hybrid Belgian-English bitter; and an alternative grain beer. 
“It’s a light beer like a Budweiser, only with a heartier taste to it,” Freisinger said of the latter. “It has more sweetness than the typical light American beer.” 
There are two additional beers in the fermenting process, one of which is a hefeweizen. The other is a surprise. 
The concept behind Aigean Ales, Freisinger said, is to continuously brew new beers and experiment with all kinds of recipes. 
“We feel like some of the best beers out there are the ones that are totally different and haven’t been experienced yet,” he said. “Since we only do two barrels at a time, we can try things that breweries with 20-barrel systems are afraid to do because that’s a lot of beer to dump if it’s not successful.” 
Because it brews in such small batches, Aigean Ales will not be offering its beers at local restaurants or bottle shops at this time. The beers will be available in the tasting room, on tap and for sale in 32-ounce growlers and 64-ounce squealers. 
The brewery is located on the second floor of the Waumbec Mills on Commercial Street, overlooking the Merrimack River. It joins two other riverfront mill breweries: Stark Brewing Co. down the street, and Stark’s subsidiary brewery Swift Current Brewing Co., which is also housed in the Waumbec Mills. 
“We’ve met a lot of other brewers in Manchester. … They really come together to help and foster each other. It’s like, ‘We’re all in this together,’” Freisinger said. “We’re really excited to be a part of that local beer community.”





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