News : Smuttynose opening new facility

May 29, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and SeacoastOnline

By Kyle Stucker

HAMPTON — Two things permeated the air at Towle Farm on Wednesday: the sweet, pungent smell of hot, brewing beer, and unbridled joy.

Wednesday was a production day at Smuttynose Brewing Co.'s recently completed brewing headquarters on its new $24 million campus located on the western side of Hampton. Company officials gave tours of the facility while taking in the excitement surrounding the completion of a major project that has gone through many permutations since it first started in 2007.

"This is really where we were meant to be all along," said company President Peter Egelston. "It took us a while to get here, but (we're) fortunate because this is where we were meant to be all along."

Smuttynose, which had been located in Portsmouth since opening in 1994, first began searching for a new home in 2007. A number of locations were considered in and around the Seacoast area, but Egelston and company officials fell in love with Towle Farm because of its character, rustic structures and potential.

The company purchased the land off Route 27 in 2008, although the construction of the new brewing facility and the work to turn the existing 19th century home on the property into a restaurant didn't begin until 2012.

 

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