Franklin Street Brewing Company will celebrate the grand opening of its tap room and brewhouse on June 7 at 3 p.m. Founded by brothers Chad and Kyle Sands, the tap room is located in an historic building in downtown Manchester.

The doors will open at noon with the celebration beginning at 3 p.m. There will be a short introduction of the beers and festivities will continue into the evening with door prizes every 30 minutes. Tours the brewhouse. Food to complement the beer will be available through A Whimsical Kitchen. Brewery merchandise will also be available for purchase.

Franklin Street Brewing Company has nine serving tanks which will allow patrons to experience a variety of beer styles.

"As a small batch craft brewery, we believe in providing a range of high quality beers that would not normally be available in the region." says head brewer Kyle Sands.

Paul's Blonde Reserve, which sold out in two weekends, will be back for the grand opening. Other beers planned for the Grand Opening include their Whitewater Wheat, Milepost Pale Ale, Two Mile IPA, Devil's Backbone Stout, Imperial Red Ale and the Coffee Den Java Head Brown Ale.

For more information about the brewery and future events, call (563) 927-2722, email or go online. Prior to June 7, the brewery is only open 3:30 to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Following the grand opening, the brewery will extend its hours to include Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 10 p.m.

June 7 is a big day for beer lovers. The Corridor Beer Fest will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at NewBo City Market, Cedar Rapids. The event featurs beer tastings and brewmasters on-site from more than 30 national and local breweries. Tickets are $30 in advance and include unlimited samplings.


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