Excitement Brewing in Downtown Salisbury
For the past few months, I have walked through the parking lot to work at Downtown Salisbury Inc., watching New Sarum Brewing Company come to life more with each new day. I have had the opportunity to admire the hard work that Gian Moscardini and Andy Maben have put in, along with countless others. New Sarum began as simply an idea, with Andy brewing beer at home. This idea then became a small operation, located next to the Salty Caper, with the capabilities of brewing about half a barrel. After a couple years, the two decided it was time to expand, thus giving us the story of New Sarum.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Gian and Andy to learn a little more about the history of New Sarum. As we spoke, I couldn't help but admire the beauty of their tap room. They explained that all the wood had been repurposed from local places, further adding to the charm. I was filled with questions, hoping to learn everything about this brewery. Immediately, I asked about the name. What exactly is "New Sarum"? Well, for all the history buffs out there, it is quite a story. Gian explained that he had the opportunity to work with our sister city of Salisbury in England, through an event at his restaurant La Cava. Before wrapping up, they presented La Cava with a plaque, containing the phrase "Old Sarum". He explained that before the city was renamed "Salisbury", it was called "Old Sarum", thus inspiring them to unite the old and the new, giving birth to New Sarum Brewing Company.
The expanded location, located at 109 North Lee Street, features locally purchased equipment, allowing them to brew upwards of 30 barrels of beer. The names of each beer offer a rich history of the area and it is clear that time and research went into the process. Such names include High Rock Red Ale and the 142 Blonde Ale with Grits. The 142 Blonde is brewed with local grits, and the number "142" even plays on Salisbury's old reputation of the "wettest and wickedest" town. It is details like this that make New Sarum Brewing Company a true asset to the downtown family.
So what does New Sarum Brewing Company mean for Downtown Salisbury? Not only has it created jobs, but it gives the area a new charm that will set it aside from anywhere else. I have been truly impressed by the local support for this growing company. Other downtown locations such as Firehouse Brew Pit,Go Burrito, and Salisbury Wine Shop stock a variety of New Sarum beer, which goes to show that the Downtown Salisbury family continues to help our community thrive.
New Sarum Brewing Company will host its official grand opening on April 16th, from 1 to 9 PM in the parking lot behind their new location. This event will consist of a ribbon cutting to kick off the day, and a variety of bands. There will also be food trucks, beer gardens, and games. Admission is free and family friendly. Join us in supporting this great brewery in Downtown Salisbury.