Squam Brewing, Holderness, NH

 

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We were heading up North to go skiing and visit with our friends Jamie and Andrew, so we stopped at Squam Brewery on the way. You have to schedule a tour ahead of time. This is a 1 man, 2-3 barrel nano brewery.

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The brewery

 

The brewery is actually in the barn on the owner’s parent’s land. He has been open since 2010, selling 22 ounce bomber bottles, mostly in the Lakes region but he has expanded down to Manchester, and a little bit on the Seacoast. He began kegging beer in early 2013.

 

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Guard dog that will attack unannounced visitors.

 

The tour costs $10 each, you get a pint glass and free samples while John shows you around the brewery.

 

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We learned a lot about the operation- being the only employee John knows all the answers, because there is no one else! He sells more beer in the Summer to all the tourists who want some local beer. Right now he is trying to stockpile beer so he won’t run out during the summer.

 

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Bottle filling machine and bottle capper.

 

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We actually got to try the capping machine, it was fun.

 

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The labeling ‘machine’.

 

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Bottles conditioning in the cooler, all the beer is bottle conditioned.

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Coasters for sale. All the artwork on the bottles are watercolor paintings done by the owner’s mother in law. They are cool and really detailed, and most have a personal story behind them.

 

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Golden IPA
A bit heavier in body, not overly hoppy. Good flavor, more on the bitter side of an IPA. Tastes a little sweet at first, but after drinking a full glass you taste more of the bitterness.

On the tour we learned he uses Australian Yeast for the IPA, it keeps the temperature down when fermenting. There is no cooling on the tanks and Ale Yeast would get too hot.

 

Imperial Loon Stout
We both liked this when we tasted it at the brewery. A heavy Stout with vanilla notes and a slight coffee taste.

 

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Unfortunately, he only had the Golden IPA and the Imperial Loon Stout when we were there. We sampled both those, actually we drank both bottles. We stopped at a local store to see if they had any other varieties and we found the Covered Bridge Pale Ale and the Ice Harvest Porter.

 

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Covered Bridge Pale Ale – 6%
This is one of the bottles we bought at a local store up North. This is also a slightly heavier beer with a stronger malt base. Hop flavor is there to add to the overall flavor but does not dominate, a well balanced beer. Has a touch of sweetness to it.

 

Ice Harvest Porter
A touch of chocolate at first with a medium to heavy body. A dark porter taste with a hint of sweetness to it.

 

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 Want to Visit?
Schedule a tour! There are no regular hours.

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