LOVE BEER? Tour NH Breweries!
With summer coming up, beer takes center stage in simple weeknight meals, entertaining, and grilling season. Take a mini vacation to visit some NH breweries, find new favorite craft beers to put on ice this summer, and unwind. These 5 breweries offer a taste of some of the Granite State’s finest brews. Make a weekend out of your New Hampshire brewery tours by hitting up a couple on day one, then relaxing at a centrally located North Conway, NH hotel. Enjoy a couple of brews in the fireplace lounge, get a good night’s sleep, and visit the remaining breweries the following day.
1. Tuckerman Brewing Company, Conway, NH
Tuckerman Brewing Company offers tours every Saturday at 3 p.m. The tour cost $5, begin with a tasting of Tuckerman’s brews, and cover the beer brewing process. You’ll receive a free tasting glass to keep. Tuckerman is known for its pale ale and its altbiers, a German style of brown ale.
2. Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewing Company, North Conway, NH
Moat Mountain, which uses fresh mountain water to brew local ales and lagers, is the perfect place to stop for pub food and pints. Moat Mountain offers six flagship brews: A wheat beer, a blueberry beer, a pilsner, a pale ale, an English brown ale, and a stout. Don’t leave without getting one of the meat dishes, which feature fresh smoked meat, BBQ sauce, and other toppings.
3. Woodstock Inn Brewery, North Woodstock, NH
Housed in a train station in Woodstock, NH, the Woodstock Inn Brewery offers fresh crafted brews and fine cuisine. Tours happen every day at noon, and cost $5. Reservations are recommended, and you can easily make them on the brewery’s website to reserve your spot. The restaurant is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For a more hands-on experience, consider booking a “Brewer’s Weekend” here. You’ll learn how to make your own beer onsite, then brew and bottle under the guidance of staff brewers.
4. Smuttynose Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
Smuttynose, in Portsmouth, may be most well-known for its IPA but offers a range of other tasty beers as well. The brewery hosts tours Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at noon and 2:00 p.m.; reservations are recommended. The tours and tastings are complimentary, although you can make a donation to a local charity if you wish.
5. The Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
A sister brewery to Smuttynose, Portsmouth is located right in downtown Portsmouth and offers housemade and regional brews and pub fare. A walk around this charming New Hampshire town followed by a beer flight is the perfect way to round out a tour of NH breweries.