Liquid Therapy pouring beer in former fire station in downtown Nashua

NASHUA – Craft beers ranging from Orange Milkshake IPA, to El Dorado Sour Ale and Chocolate Mint Stout, are now on tap at the former Nashua Central Fire Station, a building which city leaders in July agreed to lease for $1 per year.

Jason Palmer and Stan Tremblay own the business at 14 Court St., known as Liquid Therapy LLC. Wednesday was the first official day of operation. Inside, Palmer and Tremblay spent much of the day pouring beers from handmade taps crafted from bourbon barrels.

“We’ve worked really hard to get to this point and I’m a little scared on one hand because I don’t know what to expect,” Tremblay admitted. “This is my first day, everything, but at the same time, I’m ready. I’m ready to knock this out of the park.”

The historic significance is displayed in the brewery’s decor. There is even a portrait on the wall of that fire station done on a bourbon barrel cutout.

With nearly everything in the building being handmade by Palmer and Tremblay, hours of their blood, sweat and tears went into serving that first customer on Wednesday.

“Surreal,” both owners said when asked how it felt to actually be open for business.

Palmer said it has been long a process to get to this point where they are finally pouring pints, citing high and low points. Despite being two months behind schedule for opening their business, Palmer and Tremblay were able to keep to stay within their construction budget.

Nonetheless, Palmer is pleased the cash is moving in the other direction now, coming in to the business rather than pouring out of it. Additionally, now that the operation is officially up and running, Palmer said he feels they are representing the former Central Fire Station.

“We have history in this building and we feel very delighted that we’re sharing that history over a nice beverage,” Palmer said.

Palmer and Tremblay are glad customers are now sitting at the “L”-shaped bar, which they built.

Liquid Therapy has a 12-tap system. Nine of those taps are pouring beers made in-house, with plans to get the remaining three up and running in the near future.

Palmer and Tremblay are already planning ways to keep their menu fresh. Palmer said just when a customer believes he or she knows the menu, it could change in less than a week.

Tremblay made all of the taps and flight trays using a bourbon barrel.

“Everything you see in here essentially is hand-built by Stan and myself,” Palmer added.

Prior to the nanobrewery occupying the space, the building remained vacant for several years. After serving the city as a fire station, it was converted for multiple cultural and artistic uses, including a children’s museum and an arts and science center.

However, by the 1990s, the building in a fairly haphazard condition. Through a unique lease agreement with the city, this space has been transformed.

Palmer and Tremblay are leasing this space for just $1 per year. The terms of the agreement state the rate of $1 per year is good for up to five years. However, if the business operates in place for a sixth year, the base rate will increase to $30,000 per year. Furthermore, it would then escalate by $1,800 each year, thereafter.

“I look forward to making this a community place where people feel welcome and they want to do events with us because they know that the vibe is right here. They know that we serve quality stuff and that we are connected to the community,” Tremblay said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Liquid Therapy is located at 14 Court St. Hours of operation are: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

At least for now, the business will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for brewing and preparation.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206, or at aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.

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