MANCHESTER, NH – Ancient Fire Mead and Cider announced Aug. 7 they have selected the Queen City as the location for their new craft beverage venture. The 2,700 square-foot warehouse space, located at 8030 South Willow St., is slated to feature a production facility and a tasting room that will serve Ancient Fire beverages and a light menu.
Ancient Fire is the realization of the vision of award-winning Master Mead and Cider Maker Jason Phelps, and his wife, Manchester native Margot (Cote) Phelps.
“The prospect of bringing what I love to my hometown and giving back to the city that made me who I am is very exciting, Margot Phelps said. “The mission of Ancient Fire is to create a place and a product that helps further the enjoyment of craft beverage while creating a sense of community.”
The journey to Ancient Fire began when Jason completed a battle with cancer in 2003. Determined to get more out of life he decided he wanted to find a focus for his creative energy and settled on homebrewing.
“When it all started I could not have imagined the adventure it would bring me on and the amazing community I would be welcomed into,” Jason Phelps said. “We have been overwhelmed with the reception, guidance, and support that we have already received from the NH craft beverage industry.”
Ancient Fire plans to produce Cider and Dessert Meads as well a line of lower-alcohol carbonated meads using the “Crushable” tag line.
“The mead market has been growing, and continues to grow, at an explosive rate. The idea of a lower alcohol craft mead is one that is being slowly introduced and offers yet another option for those that want to explore craft beverage,” Jason Phelps said.
Currently Ancient Fire is ramping up for a crowdfunding campaign to begin in mid-September and is working toward a target opening date in the first Quarter of 2018.