Dogtown Brewing Co. added to Manchester redevelopment plan

1209 hull st

The long-vacant building at 1209 Hull St. once housed a Thalhimer’s department store. (Michael Schwartz)

Last week BizSense brought its Hard Hat Happy Hour to Manchester for the first time, and among the merriment, some breaking news slipped out.

Michael Hild and Laura Dyer Hild, the husband-and-wife duo redeveloping the former Thalhimers department store at 1209 Hull St., announced the name and concept for the building’s commercial tenant: Dogtown Brewing Co.

Michael Hild said the brewpub will have around 20 beers on draft running straight from the tanks to the taps.

The brewpub’s branding was developed by Campfire & Co.

“We won’t have to use kegs … We want to have ultimate flexibility to brew all sorts of different styles of beer instead of pigeonholing ourselves into one type,” Hild said.

Dogtown will can some of its beers on a small scale but doesn’t have plans to distribute widely. Hild said the food menu is under development and will include “approachable, classic beer hall-type food.”

The top floors of the building are being converted into a dozen one-bedroom apartments, and the roof will feature added seating, where dim sum carts will make the rounds.

Hild said they’ll look to open Dogtown in late 2018 or early 2019.

The Hilds, through their Church Hill Ventures LLC, are among the most heavily invested developers in Manchester, having spent $4 million on around 30 properties in the neighborhood and the adjacent Swansboro section. Most of the duo’s holdings are along Hull Street.

Across from Dogtown Brewing, the Hilds are developing Butterbean Market and Cafe and Hot Diggity Donuts.

Michael Hild and Laura Dyer Hild (Michael Thompson)

The Hilds have hired Daniel Scherotter from San Francisco as culinary director to oversee the food at all three ventures.

Campfire & Co. is handling interior design and branding for Dogtown Brewing, Butterbean and Hot Diggity. UrbanCore and Joseph F. Yates Architects have been tapped as the general contractor and designer, respectively.


The Hilds announced Dogtown in front of a crowd of more than 200 last Wednesday evening. Below you can enjoy some scenes from the evening: 

1209 Hull St. was the site of BizSense's latest Hard Hat Happy Hour, presented by Sands Anderson.
The property once housed a short lived Thalhimers department store.
Thanks to all the Hard Hat sponsors.
Andy Beach, head of UrbanCore Construction, the general contractor on the project, addresses the crowd.
Michael Hild, who with his wife Laura is behind the redevelopment.

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Bruce Milam
The City is so fortunate to have found entrepreneurs like the Hild’s, Richard Smith and Janet King and the Westbrooks to augment those we’ve already seen in Manchester like Fountainhead, Thalhimer, Property Results, Genesis, Franklin, Pareto, Purcell, and Miller and Associates . These are all risk takers stepping up to make the Manchester District a better place to live. The new Mayor is pushing for changes at City Hall to make the development process smoother and the Homebuilders Association’s MF Council is working with the City staff to make it happen. Let’s keep this ball rolling! The district needs a… Read more »
Michael Dodson

They might want to check name use of Dogtown Brewery and/or Brewing with a company out of California, that also has offices and breweries in other places, that has that name and a Dogtown line of IPAs.


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