Nale House Brewing Co.
Upon first meeting Nale House Brewing Co. owner Eric Leiner, you notice his hair, and then you notice his heart. “I’m growing it to donate,” he mentions, but only when asked. Eric and owners Anthony Zappy, Dave Harris, Sandy Harris, Tom Warner, and Dr. Mike Gollotto, have successfully turned a vacant hardware store into a hip and vibrant nanobrewery. Walking into the 2,500 square foot space, the unusual floor grabs your attention. “It was a mistake,” Eric explains, “but I liked how it looked, so I kept going.” After ripping up carpet and sanding what’s left is a piece of modern art, a black floor with swirls of reminiscent fog. You might feel like you are walking in clouds on a stormy night.
Before opening Nale House in April 2016, Eric was already a presence in the quaint town of Medford. He owned a homebrew supply store in town. But surrounded by brewing equipment and ingredients, it seemed natural to take the next step into brewing craft beers and opening up a place where people could come and hangout. Each person to enter Nale House is treated as someone special. “We don’t have customers,” Eric explains, “we have guests.”
Nale House believes in using local ingredients and joining forces with area restaurants. Medford’s Harvest Coffee Roastery’s coffee is used in their Coffee Stout, and the restaurant ITA 101 occasionally uses Nale House beer in some of their dishes.
**This excerpt is from Maureen Fitzpatrick’s book Guide to New Jersey Brewery’s, South Jersey Edition 2019.