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Leaven news: Living it up at Leaven

Living it up at Leaven

April 15th, 2015

The Sound

Leaven Beer and Bread House in Somersworth has gone through some big changes. Known for its fresh-baked bread and wide beer selection, Leaven recently debuted a new menu that includes a build-your-own-burger section with ground beef from Pineland Farms in Maine, as well as a vegetarian option made completely with local beans. The new menu also features house-made ice cream, portabella sliders, and curried turkey salad sandwiches.


Leaven news: Leaven’s quick rise revitalizes Somersworth

Leaven’s quick rise revitalizes Somersworth

October 19, 2014

Fosters Daily Democrat

SOMERSWORTH — First birthday parties can be fun, especially if it the first anniversary for your business. Almost a year ago, Leaven Beer and Bread House opened its doors. It was a first effort by three young entrepreneurs, and almost immediately became part of Somersworth’s grass roots revitalization.

Leaven news: Cider to sunchokes at Portsmouth market

Cider to sunchokes at Portsmouth market

Sept. 30th 2014

Boston Globe

For fresh loaves of multigrain, oatmeal-molasses, and anadama breads, wander over to Leaven Beer and Bread House. Sugarmomma’s Maple Farm is the spot for maple syrup and maple-coated nuts and popcorn. Nottingham Orchard offers fresh and hard cider.

These ladies of comedy are laugh-inspiring

Feb. 20th 2014

Fosters Daily Democrat

SOMERSWORTH — Men step aside, a new batch of laugh-inspiring, albeit sometimes R-rated, ladies are on the rise in the Seacoast area. Making their debut at a quaint beer and bread house, a new generation of female stand-up comedians hopes to take their comedy to the top, or at least bring some laughs to the local community. Funny ladies Lauren Garza, Jules Herrick, Sydney Bilodeau and Paige Agrella have already had their stand-up debuts in the intimate setting of Leaven, located in Somersworth’s downtown at 44 Market St. The “beer and bread house” is a quaint sourdough bread bakery and craft beer pub that serves lunch and dinner and hosts a variety of different events on select nights each week.

Somersworth ‘Golden Boy’ Injects Pub Trivia With Startup Spirit

Jan. 25 2014

New Hampshire Public Radio

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. — Meet Emmett Soldati, golden boy of Somersworth, entrepreneur, recent graduate of the London School of Economics, and son of a well-known Portsmouth lawyer. He has been central to the subtle identity shift the town of Somersworth has undergone in the last few years. “I grew up in the historic district, known as The Hill,” Soldati says, “and the people that I grew up with, I am still best friends with.” Soldati opened the Somersworth bar and bread shop we are standing in, with two of these friends. He says he finished his masters and had a dream of opening first a tea shop, then a bread shop. He says most people would move to a city to save money, deferring their dreams until they are forgotten.

Rising to the Challenge

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Fosters Daily Democrat

Leaven news: Soup to Nuts: At Leaven, it’s all about brews and bread

Soup to Nuts: At Leaven, it’s all about brews and bread

Oct. 21 2014

Portland Press Herald

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. — Jake Robert Johnson is perched at the bar at Leaven, a new “beer and bread house” on Market Street, wearing a baseball cap and comfortable Friday afternoon clothes good for hanging out with friends and drinking craft beer from Vermont… It is a unique little pub in more ways than one. For one thing, it is also a sourdough bakery that produces white levain, whole wheat, a rye loaf with caraway, anadama, ciabatta, rosemary-Parmesan focaccia, sourdough pretzels, pretzel buns and other styles of bread that are displayed on a wooden rack behind the bar. Some people stroll in during the day and pick up the bread they need and leave. Others tuck a loaf under their arm as they head out the door late at night, after they’ve downed a few beers with their neighbors.

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Fosters Daily Democrat

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