Friday, October 11, 2013

Henniker Brewing Company

OK, we don't want guests (or potential guests) to think the innkeepers are lushes (because we aren't) but we like to support local businesses and appreciate a good beer every now and then.  With microbreweries growing in popularity, we were excited when we read about the newest addition to the New Hampshire beer scene: the Henniker Brewing Company which is about forty minutes away in ... Henniker :)
Dave serving customers at the tasting counter
Their tasting/tap room is open from 3PM - 6PM Monday - Friday (12PM - 2PM on Saturdays with tours), so we decided to combine our beer tasting trip with a few of our other favorite activities: a hike, a stop at German John's Bakery for soft pretzels and a photo opportunity at Gleason Falls Stone Bridge.
Gleason Falls Stone Arch Bridge
Once at the brewery, Dave, one of the managers was very friendly as he poured and described the three different beers they had on tap to try: Whipple's Wheat, Amber's Apparition and Hop Slinger IPA (they are preparing to introduce a Porter later this month).  He also regaled us with some fun tales about the stories behind the beer names.

Dave showing off the fermentation tanks
Dave finished up by giving me a quick tour of the brewing process in back.  We had gotten there late and he was still willing to give us the whole tour but I was happy just to have a quick look-see and wait until our next trip to get the ten cent tour.  We of course ended up going home with some...souvenirs :)

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