The story behind Great North Aleworks: Manchester’s newest craft brewery

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MIke Morin, left, getting the lowdown on Great North Aleworks from owners Rob & Lisa North.
Mike Morin, left, getting the lowdown on Great North Aleworks from owners Rob & Lisa North.

His award-winning craft-brewed beer was served on tap to Pats fans at Gillette Stadium after winning a competition in 2010. So is it still fun brewing beer now that a hobby has become a business?

Rob and Lisa North.
Rob and Lisa North.

Rob and Lisa North carefully planned the financial end of their new venture as New Hampshire’s newest brewery, Great North Aleworks in Manchester.

After telling a young relative to follow his heart to happiness, Rob and Lisa wondered why there weren’t following the same solid advice.

Rob and Lisa met while working in the IT department at Timberland in Stratham. Rob has moved into full-time brewing, while Lisa continues to hold down the conventional job fort; both of them are now fully following their hearts.

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