Manchester Multitasking

If you’re reading this blog post, you are probably aware that Stay Work Play supports numerous young professional initiatives and networking opportunities throughout the state. In July, I attended my first Manchester Young Professionals Network (MYPN) event and this post is one of the outcomes of that fun evening!

I’ve been involved with the Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) for a while now but have failed to meet up with my Manchester neighbors until their event at Great North Aleworks. I’m always up for trying new local beers and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to multitask: visit a new-to-me brewery and meet like-minded young professionals.

If you’ve never been to a MYPN or CYPN event, there is a similar order of events. Generally people arrive and mingle for a while, grab a drink and snacks, then someone from the YPN welcomes the group, followed by the host of the location, and then everyone goes back to mingling. In this case, the latter mingling was during an optional behind the scenes tour of the brewery.

Our tour guide, Joseph, was great and shared all kinds of tidbits about their brewing process, beer varieties, and history. The company name comes from the owners (Rob and Lisa North) but also their previous home – the Great North aka Canada. Great North Aleworks is celebrating their 2 year anniversary and currently expanding into the next unit in their building.

This large hole in the wall is where they are expanding.

Like any self-respecting blogger, I won’t share all of their secrets so I’ll encourage you to visit them at 1050 Holt Ave., Unit 14 in Manchester. I would highly recommend trying their seasonal, the North Bound American Pilsner. It’s a classic beer with just enough fresh, summery flavors. They are well known for their IPAs and Tie Dyed, a dry-hopped pale ale. Check out their selection in their tap room on Thursdays through Sundays right now, but be sure to check them out on Facebook to see what’s on tap. Pun intended.

As for young professionals events, there are lots of them coming up in August! Join CYPN on the third Wednesday of each month, as well as August 17 at Rollins Park in Concord for a joint event with the Associated Builders and Contractors Young Professionals Group (ABC YPG). MYPN’s August social event will be a Luau at the Derryfield on August 9.

Each event has its own unique opportunities for personal and professional growth. Whether it’s hosted by a new business, a brewery, a nonprofit, or any other local establishment, you will have the chance to make business connections, make new friends, and learn about the developments in your city.

If you’re not in the Manchester or Concord areas, you can always check the Stay Work Play website or follow the organizations’ social channels to stay up to date. Happy networking!

Have you discovered any unique, tasty food or drinks lately? Let us know! Be sure to email us at to share your ideas of any New Hampshire related food/drink/venue/organization that you think should be featured in our “Eat Drink Play” blog posts.

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