Beer brewing tanks, accessories arrive at Main Street brewpub

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Bill Provost, who owns O'Brien's Sports Bar and Odd Fellows Brewing Company with his son, Patrick, captures photos and videos of movers easing a section of a brewing tank into the brewpub's new brewing room, part of a project that took most of Thursday.

NASHUA – It won’t be long now before patrons of the Odd Fellows Brewing Co. will be able to enjoy their craft beer of choice just yards from where it was created.

Main Street motorists and pedestrians alike slowed throughout Thursday to glimpse members of a crew from Bormann Brothers Movers and Riggers put to use a combination of experience, skill and brawn to move a series of brew tanks, kettles and accessories into what will become the pub’s brewing room.

Installing the shiny stainless steel equipment and getting them up and running is the latest project of Bill and Patrick Provost, owners and operators of the brewpub and O’Brien’s Sports Bar, the original occupant of 124 Main St.

“We wanted a place where you can carry on a conversation without yelling,” Bill Provost said Thursday as he watched the operation and captured segments of video and photos on a cellphone.

And now that the “quieter, a bit more upscale” space is open for business, it’s only natural to give customers the opportunity to try out your very own creations.

That’s where John Lespasio comes in.

Schooled in Denmark in the art of beer-brewing, Lespasio’s first gig as master brewer was at a pub in Copenhagen, he said.

“It was a lot like this,” he said, referring to the size of his first pub and his current one. The downtown setting is similar as well, he added.

Lespasio became Odd Fellows’ master brewer after stints in Newburyport, Mass. and Castle Island in Norwood, Mass., he said.

Provost said, Odd Fellows is open Thursday through Saturday, and serves brunch on Sundays. Those hours could expand once the brewing operation gets underway.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.