craft beer

NH News
4:54 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

This Guy Makes Homebrewed Beer With Syrup, Just Not The Kind You Think

Peter Ashworth (right) watches as his son James hammers a tap into a black birch tree.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Last week I tagged along with a man in Weare who’s tapping black birch trees for their sap. While its syrup is not as sweet as maple syrup, it can be an unexpected and tasty ingredient in home-brewed beer.


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Foodstuffs
6:02 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Meet Portsmouth's New 'Beer Master'

New Hampshire’s food system is growing and changing, and that means old jobs are evolving. Farmers, for example, are doing marketing and media along with planting and harvesting. And there are new jobs in the food system as well, including this one: Hotel Beer Master.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

The Beer Lovers' Guide To New Hampshire's Local Brews

A sampler of beers from the Portsmouth Brewery.
Credit James Lee via flickr Creative Commons

Fall is a good time for beer lovers. With the crisp air, light-bodied lagers and shandies are swept off the shelves to make way for dark and amber ales along with multiple versions of October-fest brews... For beer lovers wishing to combine a fall foliage tour with sampling the wares at one of the state’s many breweries, New Hampshire Magazine is here to help.  “The Beer Lovers’ Guide to the Granite State”, a comprehensive guide to enjoying New Hampshire’s local beer industry is now online.  Erica Thoits is assistant editor for New Hampshire Magazine.

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All Things Considered
6:01 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

New Hampshire Nanobrewery A Big Name In Small Scale Beer

Throwback Brewery in North Hampton.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

Recently Bon Appetit magazine posted a list of its 10 Favorite US nanobreweries – those are very small-scale commercial breweries that produce fewer than 2000 barrels a year.

On that top 10 list? Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, New Hampshire.

It’s yet another sign that the Granite State is a big player in the small brewery movement.

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NH News
4:28 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Smuttynose Breaking Ground on Hampton Facility

Smuttynose Brewery breaks ground tonight on its new facility in Hampton about 10 miles down the coast from its current location in Portsmouth.


Smuttynose says it’s moving to Hampton to support its growth.


The brewery has been creating craft beers in New Hampshire since 1994. After the company produced 15,000 barrels in 2006, its status changed from a ‘micro-brewery’ to a ‘regional independent brewery.’


But Smuttynose president, Peter Egelston, says there’s more to the move than acquiring more space.

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The Salt
5:26 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

U.S. Craft Beer Brewers Thrive, Despite Small Share Of The Market

A row of taps highlights specialty and imported beers at Brouwerij Lane, in Brooklyn, New York. Craft brewers have found a way to thrive, even as the U.S. economy struggles.
Bill Chappell NPR

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 11:35 am

It's a good time to brew beer in America. According to beer expert Julia Herz, U.S. brewing isn't just on the upswing, it's on top. "We're now the No. 1 destination for beer, based on diversity and amount of beers," she says.

But if you want to see the strength of America's beer industry, you may want to look past beverage giants like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors. According to the Brewers Association, nearly 2,000 American brewers operated during 2011 — the most since the 1880s.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:30 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Mead in New Hampshire

Photo by Todd Bookman for NHPR

Starting a small business is always a challenge.  Starting a meadery? Yeah, that’s not easy either. Just ask Michael Fairbrother

“I talk to people about mead, and they go, ‘What kind of meat do you make?’ I’m like, ‘No, I don’t make meat. I make mead.’ And they don’t understand what that is.”

In 2010, Fairbrother opened Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry, NH.

He’s more than happy to explain that mead is a wine made from honey, not grapes. And like traditional wine, you can’t rush it.

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