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IPSWICH BREWING is independently owned!

First Brewed



Massachusetts, United States

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Ipswich Ale Brewery was founded in 1991 by Paul Sylva and Jim Beauvais in Ipswich, Massachusetts. In 1997, the company formed a partnership with United States Beverage to market and sell the Ipswich brand, which eventually ended up with US Beverage purchasing the brand in 1999. Sylva and Beauvais retained ownership of the brewery, however, until later that year, when it was purchased by Rob Martin. He then renamed the brewery Mercury Brewing & Distribution.

Martin expanded the brewery’s operations with the purchase of the Stone Cat brand and the introduction of a line of premium sodas. In 2003, Mercury bought back the Ipswich brand from United States Beverage.

In 2008, Martin partnered with a group of investors, which they called Brewery Properties Group, to purchase the former Soffron Brothers clam-processing plant to convert into a new location. However by 2011 the group went bankrupt, and sued Mercury Brewing for missed rental payments that were due to the group amounting to over half a million dollars. In 2012, Martin said that Mercury reached a settlement with BPG, and that they were no longer involved with the project. The company moved into the building later that year.

In 2023, Ipswich purchased Essex County Brewing, and later that year it announced that it would be downsizing its capacity and moving the majority of its production to Riverwalk Brewing in nearby Newburyport, Massachusetts. Although the two companies do not appear to have merged, the move represents a tightening of their relationship beyond the traditional contract brewing model.

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