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Cambridge beer bistro owner plans to build contract brewing facility on North Shore

Daniel Lanigan said his will be the first US brewery entirely devoted to contract brewing.
Daniel Lanigan said his will be the first US brewery entirely devoted to contract brewing.Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff

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When Daniel Lanigan was growing up, the beer in the fridge was usually Keystone Light. When he was old enough to drink, Lanigan realized he didn’t have a taste for cheap American lagers, so he became “a Guinness guy.”

That changed during a visit he made years ago to a brewpub in Brattleboro. The pub didn’t serve the Irish staple, and offered Lanigan its own craft-brewed stout instead.

“The rest is history,” says Lanigan, proprietor of the Lord Hobo beer bistro outside Inman Square in Cambridge, where he presides over an ever-changing draft beer menu from Trillium, Jack’s Abby, and other local standouts.

In recent years, the 37-year-old publican — who was born in Everett and went to high school in Ipswich — has helped open similar craft-beer bars in New York and Baltimore. Now he is ready for a new challenge. Lanigan is preparing to build what he says will be the country’s first brewery entirely devoted to contract brewing: the making and packaging of beer to meet the exacting specifications of commercial clients.

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