New Brewery Opening Soon in West Ossipee, NH
Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Company plans to open in early 2014
In 2010, entrepreneur Ash Fischbein co-founded Ossipee's Sap House Meadery, home to a variety of Granite State-inspired meads that are already being sold at locations across the eastern United States. Three years later, he has turned his focus back toward his first love in the world of brewing: beer.
Along with partners Nate Deyesso and Rob Finneron, Fischbein is a co-owner of Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Company in West Ossipee. Hobbs is one of the newest spots to join New Hampshire's growing craft brewing scene – so new that it's not even open for business yet – but Fischbein himself is not new to brewing. Far from it. It's a hobby-turned-passion that he has enjoyed for over a decade now.
"I started with beer before making mead," says Fischbein, who began brewing just for fun, making brews for friends and family, "I developed a huge passion for it," he adds.
That passion for great beer will extend to the brewery half of Hobbs. According to Fischbein, the brewery's focus will be on creating sessionable beers, or beers with a relatively low ABV of about 3 to 4.5 percent. This way, he says, customers will be able to casually enjoy a variety of Hobbs craft brews without getting too intoxicated to drive home afterward.
"We want people to come in, hang out and enjoy what we have in store," he says.
While Hobbs is sure to be home to some great local food and fresh beer, Fischbein says he hopes it will come to represent even more than that for the community. He envisions Hobbs becoming a hotspot where community members will be able to organize, come together and enjoy any variety of group events. Entertainment will be another focus at Hobbs. Live music performed by local artists and movie nights are just a couple of the events in the planning stage.
"We want to be a community based hub." he says. "We would like to provide a place where there is something for everyone."
Fischbein says Hobbs' unique architecture and design, which he describes as having a rustic farmhouse feel with a modern industrial flair, should be an attraction for customers as well. Originally built in the 1880s, the barn that is now being refurbished and re-imagined as the future home of Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Company is the only remaining "suspension-framed" barn in New Hampshire according to Fischbein.
Nobody is quite certain exactly when Hobbs will open – the tentative estimate is sometime early next year – but Fischbein does seem certain that when it finally opens for business, Hobbs will leave customers wowed and eager to return.
"The fact that it's one of very few brew-pubs sticks it out on the map a little," he says, adding, "We want people to have a new experience."