, Derry, New Hampshire

April 17, 2014


Derry News

---- — Moonlight Meadery wins three medals

LONDONDERRY — Moonlight Meadery earned two gold and one silver medal for their artisanal crafted meads at The Mazer Cup International Mead Competition recently.

The world’s largest mead competition has entrants of both home-brew and commercial meads from all over the world, some as far away as Malaysia. The Mazer Cup is the equivalent for mead as Great American Beer Festival is for beer. Moonlight meads are distributed nationally and in Australia.

“This is our third consecutive year at winning medals at the Mazer Cup, I am thrilled and honored to be given such international recognition for our meads,” said Michael Fairbrother, founder and mead maker of Moonlight Meadery. “Our distribution has grown, we are now distributed in 30 states, here in the United States, and nationally in Australia, it’s still the same hand crafted meads we started with in my garage.”

Moonlight Meadery won gold for their top seller Kurt’s Apple Pie, honey, apple and spice; Gold for Wicked, honey, vanilla, cinnamon spice; and Silver for Fling, honey strawberry rhubarb meads. A mead is an alcoholic beverage where at least 51 percent of the fermentable sugar comes from honey. A diverse beverage that can be produced in several variations. Mead is considered the ancestor of fermented beverages predating wine and beer by thousands of years.

“Craft beverage drinkers have developed a broader, educated palette and demand variety. Mead offers another level of complexity to the craft beverage consumer. Moonlight Meadery has taken a legendary craft, refined it and mainstreamed it,” Fairbrother said. “That’s the reason for our success.”

American Mead Makers Association the number of commercial meaderies has grown by 300 percent over the last few years. For more information, visit Moonlight Meadery offers tours and tastings seven days per week.

New Sprint store opens in Derry

DERRY — Last month, Focal Point Communication for Sprint opened its third store at 55 East Broadway in downtown Derry. Focal Point Communication is an authorized Sprint Service Center and offers a wide range of mobile services and accessories.

Owner Phil Hicks has weathered many storms, especially this past winter. But with years of experience behind him, he is enthusiastic about the future and to be part of this continually growing industry.

“Having been in the wireless business from the beginning, I can tell you that I am more excited than ever, I have been very fortunate to be part of an industry that has literally changed the way we live our lives. We are especially excited to be a part of the Derry business community,” he said. “My company, Focal Point, has been in business for over 21 years and we look forward to building long lasting relationships with our Derry customers as we have with our customers in Seabrook and Milton.

Derry is a great town for us, it is really in the heart of the busiest and most populated part of New Hampshire.”

As a full-service retail store and service provider, Focal Point handles everything from servicing phones, offering a wide range of accessories and the latest phone selections.

Triangle hosts Chamber event

DERRY — Triangle Credit Union recently hosted the Greater Derry-Londonderry Chamber Business After-Hours event with more than 75 attendees present and many businesses represented.

The Mardi Gras-themed evening was a great success.

“Since opening our branch in Derry late last year, my team and I have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome we have received,” said Kayla Gutierrez, Triangle’s Derry branch manager. “We’ve come to find that this is a community that values quality service, personal connections, and local involvement and we’re pleased that these are not only shared ideals but the core principles that guide Triangle Credit Union.”

For additional information on Triangle Credit Union, visit

Coppola Physical Therapy expands

DERRY — Coppola Physical Therapy has expanded to 6 Tisenneto Road, Suite 201.

They provide same day orthotics, spinal manipulation, evidence based McGill back program, McKenzie evaluative tool, Trigger Point Dry Needling and traditional techniques of physical/occupational therapy.

There will be an open house on Friday, May 2, from 5 to 8 p.m.