The Franklin Street Brewing Company is a small-batch craft brewery founded by brothers Kyle and Chad Sands in 2012. With a tap house located in the historic Masonic Lodge building in vibrant downtown Manchester, we aim to provide a variety of exceptional handcrafted ales and lagers for sale in a relaxing, comfortable environment.
Our grandfather M.P. “Buck”Sands once owned a grocery store – the Sands Royal Blue – on Franklin Street. We will be proud to continue the Sands’ tradition of owning a business in downtown Manchester.
We began home brewing our beer with malt extract kits on a stove nearly 15 years ago, making beer that was, well, it was drinkable. However, as we fine-tuned our recipes over the years, our equipment progressed to a rudimentary all-grain system. And for the last two years we have perfected our recipes with a digital 20 gallon brew system that allows us to reproduce our own recipes with exacting results.
With our 20 gallon system (and years of experience), our beers progressed from “drinkable” to award winning! Our IPA recipe won 2nd place in the Iowa State Fair home brewing competition in 2012 in the Imperial IPA category and 3rd place in the IPA category. Our Blonde Ale also took 3rd place in its category.
As a small batch craft brewery, we believe in providing a rotating range of styles of high quality beers that would not normally be available in the region. Each month we will offer six or more different styles of beer for your enjoyment.
From our Moravian Ale to our award winning Imperial IPA to our tasty chocolate stout, we use only the best ingredients to differentiate our ales and lagers from the standard mass-produced beer. There is a premium for quality hops and malt. However, you can taste the difference in the beer – clearly making it worth the cost.
By focusing on quality and distinction rather than quantity and convenience, we aim to create a well-respected, community-oriented business for residents in the Manchester and greater Lake Delhi areas. Education will be key. Those familiar only with mass-produced light lagers may be surprised to find that the complex flavors, aromas, and colors of beer can surpass those of fine wine.
The Franklin Street Brewing Company is Chad and Kyle’s way of reintroducing a lost tradition – the locally-owned, neighborhood brewery, serving high quality, handcrafted beer to local residents and fortunate visitors. So come on down to Franklin Street and enjoy a pint of one of our award winning recipes or sample a flight of all your favorites at your neighborhood brewery and tap house!