There are two things we love at Weblogbeers… beer (duh!) and traveling to get more beers. In the U.S. more and more breweries are popping up (There are 3 in operation and 4 more permitted in Wichita, KS for crying out loud) But we have yet to reach the number of breweries operating before prohibition.
Well one brewery is taking a step backward to move beer today forward bringing back the glory days of U.S. breweries. Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, N.H., emulates pre-Prohibition brewers, who crafted beer meant to be enjoyed by their local community. And although the brewery uses the historical philosophy of beer creating community, we think it’s just a really cool place to get some great beer.
The brewery is located in the 1860′s historic farmhouse formally known as Hobbs Farm and in the last three years has quickly expanded from a small nano-brewery into an expansive beer brewing operation.
The beers are a mix of year-round and seasonal beers – standouts included the Dippity Do Brown Ale, Donkey-Hote Double IPA and Maple-Kissed Wheat Porter. Seasonals include beers like Spicy Bohemian-Jalapeno Pilsner and Gourdgeous Pumpkin Ale.
Local craft beers are now so popular that travelers plan visits to taprooms or breweries like they plan a night at a good local restaurant that has a well know chef. Throwback is one of two craft breweries in Hampton and North Hampton. Smuttynose Brewing (Another popular local) also bought a local, historic farm for its new location. The two breweries are building a strong craft beer tourism market in the New Hampshire town.
Weblogbeers suggestion, plan a trip soon. But unless you are into 3 to 4 foot snow drifts we also suggest planning your trip early summer or fall. And make sure and check out the Throwback calendar of events for an update on local events, food and beer.
“Our customers are so supportive,” Carrie said. “It’s like hanging out at home with your friends.” … and drinking beer we suspect.
We rate this a 4 instead of a 5 because it’s a long way from most of the country to New Hampshire.