Stoneface Brewing Company, Newington NH

IMG_1229A few weekends ago, we ventured over to Stoneface Brewing Company, located in Newington, New Hampshire. They have a very convenient location for travelers heading up north- right off route 16 at exit 4! They are located in a good sized-warehouse space with room to grow!IMG_1228

While we were there, we enjoyed trying a few beers, and learned about Stoneface (what they are doing and planning on doing) from the Brewer himself! The brewer went to school at the University of New Hampshire, so he knows the area well. For upcoming beers, they plan on making a sour summer style beer (should be coming out soon, if not already!) and a Russian Imperial Stout around October.

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Pale Ale: pretty hoppy 5.6%. Very hoppy upfront, with a smooth ending.

IPA: 7.2% surprisingly smooth, not bitter at all. Sweeter than expected, especially for 7.2%, a more floral hop taste This is their most popular beer.

India Red Rye: very good, 5.5%. Megan’s favorite of the three. Wasn’t what she expected for it based on it being both a red and a rye.

If you want to try Stoneface’s beer, but can’t make it for a tasting while they are open, you can head to a local bar. They have their beer available at many local bars, including Gaslight in Portsmouth. Gaslight goes through about 11 kegs/week of their beer du to having it at all four of their bars. 11 kegs!! Stoneface Brewing has also been pairing up with local establishments for “Meet the Brewer Pint Nights,” which proves to be helping business.

IMG_1234They have such a cool growler filler- and there is one other of this kind in New England! It first fills the growler with CO2, which helps the beer preserve it’s flavor and aromas. Oxygen+beer=bad. To use this machine, they turn a lever, it fills up with CO2 and then the beer of your choice!

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love their logo!

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what we went home with- IPA and India Red Rye

 

Update February 2015:

This has become one of our favorite breweries in the Seacoast area. Stoneface IPA is one of Mark’s favorite beers, he tries to introduce it to as many people as possible. They have done some work to the facility and have added more tanks so they can keep up with the demand.

We did get to try the Stoneface Summer Vice as well. It was interesting, and tasty, a sour beer. They had 2 types of syrup to add to it that totally changed the flavor of the beer. Cut the sour and made it more sweet.

This winter they have had a Porter available as well. At only 5%, this is a very smooth and drinkable.

 

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Special bottle releases

 

They did their first limited bottle release in late October, I think, of Hopulization, a Double IPA. They followed this with a Russian Imperial Stout in November, and another round of Hopulization in January 2015.

 

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Hopulization – DIPA – 8.9%
Smells of hops. A malt flavor base with lots of hoppy after flavors. Definitely a strong, hoppy beer. Good beer, and definitely worth trying if you can, but not quite as good as the regular IPA.

 

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Russian Imperial Stout – 9.5
It’s been a while since we had a taste, we are holding onto the bottle for something special, I guess. They have bourbon barrels that they are aging another batch in, hopefully we get our hands on some of that, too.

 

Want to Visit?

Hours have expanded significantly since first opening

Monday – Friday: 12 – 7

Saturday: 12 – 4

As always, just Facebook for the most up to date info.

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Watch City Brewing Company, Waltham, MA

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Sign on the backside of the building

We went to Watch City Brewing Company with Mark’s sister- Michelle, brother- Jason, and Jason’s fiancée- Maureen. We went for an early lunch, complete with a beer sampling!

 

From their website:

“WATCH CITY features four “Flagship” beers and four specialty/seasonal products including a cask-conditioned ale. Head Brewer Aaron Mateychuk expertly “crafts” his recipes in the brewhouse that is visible from Moody Street. Brewer Aaron Mateychuk while very proud of the consistent quality of WCBC’s five mainstays (of which the Hops Explosion won a 3rd place finish at the GNEIBF in 1999 and a 1st place in 2001) he is especially proud of the range and quality of the seasonals and specialties he produces.”

                We have to agree. Mark and I thought there were enough ‘normal’ type of beers most people would like, but they also have some very interesting, specialty type beers that we will remember.

The restaurant had a good style and vibe. The bar was a huge, horseshoe shape right in the middle of the restaurant. There is plenty of bar seats and standing room, and a good amount of tables for sit down meals.IMG_0857

The brewery creates special beers, that pop up throughout the year. This includes the “Chocolate Thunder Porter,” made in the fall with local chocolate; World Champs Wheat; Busta’Nut Brown Ale and Skye High Scotch Ale.

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the brewhouse

 

We ordered a sampler of a few of their beers- and picked the most different ones.IMG_0851

Flame Thrower – 4.1% – 12 IBU

Hot Habanero infused Kolsch

Quite a kick! Smooth at the beginning, but then burned deep in the back of your throat.

 

Holy Mole Wit – 7.2% – 30 IBU

Chocolate Habanero Belgian Wit

Nice, good flavor. Spicy and smooth. Obviously not as spicy as Flame Thrower.

 

Kingpin Imperial Stout – 8.4% – 72 IBU

Notes of molasses, licorice, raisins and chocolate.

Very Smooth. Mark thought it was good, fairly normal stout. Megan thought it was strong and heavy.

 

Moody Street Stout – 6% – 54 IBU

Toffee, coffee, chocolate textures.

Sweeter than a typical, or dry, stout.

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  Our Food:

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Breakfast Burger

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Special: Deep fried burger

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Pimosa (Pineapple juice, orange juice and Champagne) Burger

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Buffalo Chicken Wrap

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Chicken burger, with bacon and cheddar

 

Beers On Tap Now:

Carnaval Imperial Wit

Kingpin Imperial Stout

Rescue One Kölsch

4.8% – 23 IBU

Shillelagh Irish Red Nitro Ale

4.8% – 18 IBU

Moody Street Stout

Titan Ale

6.1% – 42 IBU

Hops Explosion IPA

6.4% – 72 IBU

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Contract Brewing

“Contract brewing is for many hopeful brewers who simply do not have the capital to establish their own  fully functioning brewery and other brewers who have established themselves  in the market for years, but have may have capacity issues. Well, whether it is a single batch, special brew or way of life, Watch City Brewing Company has time on its side.”

We thought this was pretty interesting, so included it as well.

 

Brew School

Watch City also offers a “Brew School.” This is a once a month session, which includes a detailed discussion with the brewers and a buffet.

 

 UPDATE: Watch City Has Permanently closed! Too bad, it was a good place

 

Want to visit? Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday 11:30am–12:30am Saturday and Sunday 10:30am–11:30pm

KITCHEN HOURS

Monday 11:30am–10:00pm  Tuesday 11:30am–10:00pm  Wednesday 11:30am–10:00pm  Thursday 11:30am–10:30pm Friday 11:30am–11:00pm Saturday 10:30am–11:00pm Sunday – 10:30am–10:00 pm

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view from the street