Hit Point premieres its collection of beers in hopes of potential partnership with The Hub.
By Davin Jurgensen
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Late-afternoon lunch customers eat at the Hanover Hub in 2014. (File — The Evening Sun)
The Hanover Hub will be partnering with Hit Point Brewing Company to bring a new beer to this weekend’s Dutch Days.
Alex Slagle, chef at the Hanover Hub, is using the annual event as a test to see the public’s reaction to Hit Point’s brews. If they do well, Slagle said he plans to start transforming The Hub into a brewery.
Slagle always wanted the eatery to become a full brew pub. Conveniently, his friend Dave Palmer always wanted to start one and spent about seven years brewing beer in his home.
“Business partnerships are a lot like marriages: you want to find someone who shares your values, hopes, and dreams, but also is different enough to balance you out, and be strong in areas where you are weak,” said Palmer, owner of Hit Point Brewing Company.
He believes that is exactly the case for Hit Point and The Hub.
Palmer plans to premiere his beer at Dutch Days, which is set to takeover downtown Hanover on Saturday. Going into the weekend, he said he is feeling a combination of excitement and nervousness, “to the point of mild panic attacks.”
Still, Palmer believes in his goal — to provide people with good beer that they like to drink.
Another brewery downtown will only work in favor of Hanover’s association with craft beers, he said. There is no limit to the variety of beer flavors, making it a business with constant opportunities, Palmer said.
As for Slagle, he said he is looking forward to what the weekend brings and is in high hopes for the potential business agreement.
“I partnered with Dave because I want to do my own thing,” said Slagle. “I want to have input on what goes in and what goes out.”