Nashua’s Millyard Brewery to expand

NASHUA – Millyard Brewery co-owners Ken Unsworth and Dean Baxter figured Nashua was a great place to open the city’s first nanobrewery. So far, that bet is paying off.

Four months after they opened the downtown taproom and brewery, they plan to double the size of the 1,000-square-foot brewery at 25 E. Otterson St.

"Business has been good," Unsworth said Monday.

"We thought Nashua really needed something like this and, so far, it’s proven to be true," said Unsworth, who is also
the brewmaster.

"We picked Nashua because there were no nanobreweries (here) that you could actually go to and sit down and talk to the brewers or actually be in the brewery," he said.

The pair will nearly double the size of their business by expanding into a vacant unit next door.

This will allow them to at least double the size of the taproom, which currently can seat 24 people, Unsworth said.

"We kind of want to separate the brewery from the taproom so we will have a bigger tasting room and have more room to expand the brewing capacity," Unsworth said.

Millyard Brewery has a three-barrel brewing system and currently can brew three barrels at a time per batch, Unsworth said.

The expansion will provide them with the potential to increase their brewing capacity, said Unsworth. While this would allow them to get more fermenters in the future, their focus now is to expand the tap room, he said.

Unsworth is grateful for the support they have received since they opened April 9.

"The surrounding community has been more than supportive, not only the patrons, but other breweries in the area as well. They have been sending people our way and we’ve been sending people their way," Unsworth said.

"We’re the new guys on the block and they want to support us in any way they can," he said.

Millyard Brewery recently acquired a larger plate chiller which allows it to cool the beer down more efficiently after a boil and improves its flavor, he said.

It also introduced a new brew, a Belgian-style white ale known as Clocktower Wit, to its repertoire.

Kathryn Marchocki can be reached at 594-6589, kmarchocki@nashuatelegraph.com or @Tele-graph_KMar.