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Post & Beam Brewing in Peterborough eye June opening

  • Erika Rosenfeld owner of Post & Beam Brewing in Peterborough takes a break from renovation work to prepare for a June opening of the brewery and taproom in the old GAR Hall on Grove Street in Peterborough.  Meghan Pierce—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Matt Rosswaag of Native Construction and Erika Rosenfeld, owner of Post & Beam Brewing in Peterborough, take a break from renovation as the Peterborough brewery and taproom readies for a June opening. Meghan Pierce—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Post & Beam Brewing owners eye a June opening for the Peterborough brewery and taproom.  Meghan Pierce—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Post & Beam Brewing owners eye a June opening for the Peterborough brewery and taproom.  Meghan Pierce—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Erika Rosenfeld, owner of Post & Beam Brewing in Peterborough, and Matt Rosswaag of Native Construction take a break from renovations as the Peterborough brewery and taproom readies for a June opening. Meghan Pierce—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, June 01, 2018 5:25PM

A year after buying the GAR Hall in Peterborough, Mount Vernon couple Jeff Odland and Erika Rosenfeld say they are eyeing an end-of-June opening for their Post & Beam Brewing taproom and brewery.

An Indiegogo.com online campaign to raise the final funding to open the brewery is nearing its end, Rosenfeld said Friday.

“There's really not much else that can go wrong,” Rosenfeld said. “We are really hoping to open the last week of June.”

According to the Post & Beam Indiegogo page on Friday four days are left to raise the flexible goal of $30,000.

As of Friday $14,455, nearly 50 percent, has been raised from 113 backers.

Rosenfeld said, the major renovation work is nearing completion and the online fundraiser will help buy items from patio furniture for the newly built patio to mirrors for the bathrooms, Rosenfeld said, that they just don't have money for now that the building work has been done.

“It's really for all the finishing stuff that you don't think about that adds up,” Rosenfeld said. “Two sets of everything for the bathroom. That alone is a thousand bucks.”

The massive project to renovate the town's old Civil War veteran’s hall, named the Grand Army of the Republic Hall, began a year ago when the couple purchased the approximately 3,100 square foot building from the town for $100,000 in May 2017.

“Originally I was supposed to open last May, but it took a year to buy the building,” Rosenfeld said.

Then after taking ownership of the building they also lost about six months working with a previous contractor that they split with in Nov. when no work was getting done, Rosenfeld said. 

Rosenfeld said they found a good fit with local contractor Matt Rosswaag of Peterborough-based Native Construction, who came on board with the project in Nov. But progress has been slow due to the availability of local contractors and shrinking funds for the project, she said.

A town project to build a public parking lot behind the building has also stalled.

“I technically can open with just the street parking that we have,” Rosenfeld said. “I try to remember that my project has taken three times longer then I thought it would so I try to be patient with the town.”

Rosenfeld said one of the issues the town and Post & Beam share is the availability of contractors.

“One of the problems that the town is running into is that everybody is so busy that they haven’t been able to find a contractor who really needs the job,” she said. “And we've had a lot of the same issues.”

People who contribute to the fundraiser to finish off the patio and the taproom will receive Post & Beam swag, including t-shirts, beer glasses, hoodies, stickers and social media shoutouts, depending on the level of the contribution. 

You can find the fundraiser online at www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-final-push-for-post-beam-brewing#.