Pizza and beer: Community Oven owner to add brewery

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By Max Sullivan

Hampton Union, October 27, 2015

[The following article is courtesy of the Hampton Union and Seacoast Online.]

Shane Pine and Shannon Booth
Shane Pine, owner of Community Oven in Hampton, bought the equipment and space which was once
Blue Lobster Brewing Company and
plans to turn it into his own brew pub which is attached to Community Oven.
Also in the photo is manager Shannon Booth. [Deb Cram photo]

HAMPTON — The Community Oven has always paired its pizza with beer from the brewery next door, Blue Lobster Brewing Company. The two have shared a Hampton Route 1 plaza near the North Hampton border since they both opened in 2012.

So when Blue Lobster closed its doors this August, Community Oven owner Shane Pine felt compelled to make sure that another brewery took its place.

Four Pines Brewing Company will open sometime in early 2016, Pine said. He purchased the brewery space and equipment last month. He has yet to hire a staff and acquire a brewing license, but he said he’s hoping to begin operations in January or February. Pine said Blue Lobster closed this summer because the owner, Michael Benoit, wanted to focus more on his other business based in Hampton and Oregon.

“Pizza and beer always go hand in hand, and having a brewery next door has always been good for us,” Pine said. “It was a good marriage and I was sad to see it go. I wanted to somehow retain it … the only thing I could do was to figure out a way to purchase and start (a brewery) myself.”

Pine said he chose the name Four Pines for himself and his three children, Patrick, Makayla and Alyssa. He also said the name pine is central to Hampton’s heritage, as Winnacunnet means “place of pines.”

While Pine is new to the brewing industry, he said he has a passion for craft beer. He said 23 of his 24 draught lines at the Community Oven are devoted to craft beer. He personally loves Kona Brewing Company’s Longboard Lager, the Traveler Beer Company’s Curious Traveler and Smuttynose Brewing Company’s IPA. He said he plans to self-distribute his beer to other bars and stores.

“I love craft beer,” Pine said. “So I’m very excited to get into that business. It just seems like the right time, the right opportunity, and I’m thankful that it has worked out.”

The new space comes with a small dining area in the front, which can be used for functions.

Pine said he already has a name for his first beer, but is waiting to announce it at a later date.

As for what the beer will taste like, Pine said he’s looking forward to finding a lead brewer who can guide Four Pines to a successful line of new beers.

Pine joked that he was aware of Smuttynose Brewing Company’s lead brewer David Yarrington’s decision to leave his company to work with a smaller brewing company. However, Pine said he has not contacted Yarrington.

“I’d like to try to find a brewer that understands the Seacoast and New England and can focus on those kinds of beers that are being enjoyed right now,” Pine said.

More information on Four Pines can be found at the official Four Pines Brewing Company Facebook page.

Shane Pine
Shane Pine, owner of Community Oven in Hampton, bought the equipment and space which was once
Blue Lobster Brewing Company and plans to turn it into his own brew pub which is attached to Community
Oven. [Deb Cram photo]

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