The person behind a brewpub and "community" brewery where customers can make their own beer could be taking the concept well beyond the local area.
The Boston Business Journal is reporting that Lee Cooper of Hopsters in Newton Corner has set up an equity crowdfunding campaign that would allow small investors to become a part of the business, potentially making the company become "the first brew-it-yourself franchise business." The initial plans are to raise $1.7 million for its expansion to Sleeper Street in Boston's Fort Point/Seaport District area, but Cooper is hoping to ultimately open 16 locations of Hopsters, including in Philadelphia, Stamford, CT, Austin, TX, and Jacksonville, FL.
Hopsters first opened on Centre Street in Newton Corner in 2013; a package store called Hopsters Alley can also be found in the Boston Public Market.
The website for Hopsters is at http://www.hopstersbrew.com/
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