LONDONDERRY — The Drinkery, a wine and beer specialty shop, has new owners. The 500-square-foot space under the Tupelo Music Hall at 2 Young Road is now being run by Andy Day and Alana Wentworth, both from Chester.
The Drinkery opened about a year ago. Joan Tognacci Hayward, the wife of Tupelo Music Hall owner Scott Hayward, ran The Drinkery, expanding from just wine to include beer from local brewers.
That's how Day came to know the quaint space.
"I was at the SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Festival and I found this beer I really liked," Day said.
The beer was made by White Birch Brewing Company of Hooksett. Day talked with White Birch owner Bill Herlicka and found that the beer was available at The Drinkery.
"So, I kept coming over here and got to know Joan," Day said. "When she said she was thinking of selling the business, I asked Alana if she wanted to go in on it."
Day is a website designer and wedding videographer. His long-time friend Wentworth is head chef at Chester Academy.
While they are both keeping their day jobs, they said they are passionate about their new shop. They rent the space from Hayward for $500 a month and purchased the inventory from her.
"We'll be adding a lot more beers," Day said. "Right now, we have about 250 different labels."
The Drinkery also will sell locally made specialty foods. Day said they plan to be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m. and for longer hours over the weekend when the Tupelo has shows. Wine and beer tastings will be offered.
Visit thedrinkeryshop.com for more information or friend them on Facebook.
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