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No Farms, No Beer

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Throwback BreweryThrough sheer persistence and offers of free labor I recently managed to worm my way into a tour and tasting at the soon to be opened Throwback Brewery in North Hampton.  Annette and Nicole were hosting a couple of local beer bloggers and decided to let Kate and me tag along.  For a thorough description of the beers we tried, check out Seacoast Beverage Lab and Beer Zen Girl.

Annette is truly committed to sourcing locally for her beers and has begun by buying 1,000 pounds of grain from Brookford Farm for her Hog Happy Hefeweisen.  As a farmer, Kate wanted to know what she might be able to grow for Throwback and how much land it would take.  Barley, wheat, and hops can all be grown in the northeast and Annette is eager to see how local varieties can be used for her brewing.

We had a great time drinking beers brewed with hot peppers, peanuts, rye, wheat, chipotles, and more.  You can count on me being first in line to pick up a bottle of Campfire Smoked Porter and Dippity Do Brown Ale.Hog Happy Hef

Throwback is still moving through the arduous and multi-tiered process of getting their beers approved for sale, but we’re hoping that they’ll be available soon.  We’ve had our first taste and are eager to try some more.

And because he’s a friend of mine, I feel I should mention that the images for their beer labels (such as the soon to be iconic happy hog) are being designed by Nate Walker, builder of the giant ant.

Homebrewing and Microbrew Tastings

Friday, September 18th, 2009

For those of you who enjoy beer, there are a few nice events coming up in the next month.  First, on October 3 Redhook Brewery, WHEB and Prescott Park are hosting NH Brew Fest 2009.  There will 30 brewers, 90 brews, and 2 tasting sessions.  I’ve already bought my tickets online and hope to see you there.

On October 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shapleigh Hops Craft Brewing Supply is hosting an open house and brewing demonstration. There will be demos for beer, wine, cider, and mead.  Shapleigh Hops can be found at 37 Grant Road in Shapleigh, Maine.  They can be reached at 207-432-3677.

And finally, there’s a new brewery in Hooksett, NH, White Birch Brewing.  I haven’t tried the beer yet, but hopefully I’ll make it to one of the tastings being held in Hooksett on October 14 and New Durham on October 21.  White Birch also posts regular updates on his progress over at Twitter.

Enjoy your beer!

Drink Locally

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

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The Wire’s excellent feature article this week is about our two uber-local wineries, Flag Hill and Jewell Towne. While you can buy both companies’ products at the NH State Liquor stores, a lot of grocery stores, and even the farmers’ markets in the case of Jewell Towne, what you can’t do there is see just how beautiful a farm of vineyards is, and taste the wines to choose your favorites. Flag Hill Winery also offers local foods based cooking classes and dinners, as well as vodka and liquors made from local ingredients. The article mentions a soon to be released Apple Brandy as well – which for me means I’ll be making totally local sangria to savor during the September Eat Local Challenge.