7 Saws Brewing Company opens new location with expanded space

HOLDEN – “We did it,” said Paul Mulroy enthusiastically, as he and his partners Tom Anderson and Troy Milliken stood beside the equipment at their new brewery.

The 7 Saws Brewing Company opened its new location, a newly constructed facility at 112 Industrial Drive, over the weekend, and welcomed customers, friends, family and others who have helped them to plan, build and open the new site.

And neighbors passed by, such as Woodmeister workers – themselves customers – who had mobilized to make tables when the furniture ordered by 7 Saws was lost en route to the brewery.

“It’s surreal,” said Anderson, reflecting on the journey from a thriving small brewery in a historic Main Street location to a new facility. “It’s a feeling you can’t explain.”

As people gathered for the smooth opening on October 21, the effusive feelings were shared by others at the bar, at tables inside and outside, and standing in small groups. Laughing, talking, sharing stories and chatting, people were in a place where, if not everyone knows your name, they are ready to learn it.

The new 7 Saws brasserie and taproom has space for customers to spread out and host private events.

Anderson said he never felt what it would look like as they worked towards their goal even though COVID-19 was delaying the process.

“We’ve been so head down,” he said, “I can’t help but think. It’s like a tidal wave of relief and joy.

“It’s a wonderful thing.”

The new site includes significantly more space than the Main Street location, adding gathering spaces and outdoor spaces that can accommodate more people, but can also be divided for private events.

The outdoor area offers more space for guests and their four-legged friends who don't drink, as well as for the children of 7 Saws.

It took longer than expected, but the partners and their families continued to move forward, with the support of the community, Anderson said.

“It was the commitment of the 7 Saws family at all levels,” he said.

From the owners and their wives and families to the staff, “It was an absolute 7 Saws community effort, period.”

“We wanted to try this as a unit,” Mulroy said. “We are a community business, everyone works in unison. “

Seeing so many people who made this possible, Anderson said, showed people were supporting them.

“The community around us embraced us and provided us with such a wonderful foundation that propelled us. “

The space is for the community, Anderson said.

“Drink good, do good,” Anderson said. “We live by this motto.”

The brewery has a simple goal:

“We want people to come here and have a comfortable and enjoyable experience that allows them to relax, decompress and feel like they are part of something,” he said.

“It’s making awesome beer that brings people together,” he added, noting that 7 Saws has a great team that makes that possible.

“Every decision was made on how to bring people together” and how to encourage people to “Just enjoy life”,

Although the location is new, the goal was to capture some of the ambiance of the Main Street reception hall, with its century-old vibe.

“We wanted to create a similar environment with more space and an outdoor area where the kids can run around and with space for private events,” Anderson said.

“The old place was small, but it’s not going to go away,” he said.

The Main Street reception hall had adapted and managed thanks to COVID, and Anderson wanted to thank those who supported them.

“We cannot thank the community enough. All of our neighbors. We cannot thank them enough for their patience and support for our business, ”said Anderson, acknowledging some stress as the reception hall had to switch to outdoor space use and noise issues.

“We sincerely thank them,” from business neighbors like Miles Funeral Home to residents who share the Main Street neighborhood.

“They were great.”

With the new brewery, 7 Saws keeps the tasting room.

“For now, the plan is to keep the existing plumbing room on Main Street.”

But with increased capacity and maintaining a small batch capacity, “We’re very excited about our ability to experiment. “

With the combination of spaces, he clarified, “We’re super excited about this. We love this space.

Pouring beer, wine and cider, Anderson said they also tried to “create an environment for a non-drinker to be comfortable as well.”

All around, the essence of the business was in evidence: people chatting, sharing between family, friends and neighbors. And he said taproom has rekindled friendships with old classmates. And even tested people’s memories with anecdotes.

Food trucks will continue to supplement the 7 Saws libations.

Anderson said the process, delayed by COVID, was made easier with help from the community.

This included authorization.

“The town of Holden has been so great in helping us navigate,” with a new business in need of permits and inspections in addition to building regulations.

“This is a testament to our business and the number of businesses that have stayed in business” thanks to COVID and decided to expand and build a new building during the pandemic.

“We can’t wait to see everyone,” Anderson said.

One of them was Joey Flournoy, who said he was the tasting room’s first customer when it opened after initially serving at Specialty Sandwich.

He’s a regular, noting that it was his 178th week out at the bar.

“There’s something about it that appeals to you. There are people hanging around,” he said, noting that employees and customers are embracing the concept, “Drink good, do good.”

“They come here when they’re not working,” Flournoy said of the staff, an indication that 7 Saws has created a community as well as a business.

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