RiverWalk Brewing Company, Newburyport, MA

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We stopped at RiverWalk Brewing Company on one of our many drives between NH and Massachusetts. They are located in Newburyport, MA right down the road from Newburyport Brewing Company, so we stopped there for a Growler refill as well.

 

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Bre and Deryl met us at the brewery. The RiverWalk website says: While we are influenced by the proudly independent spirit of Belgian farmhouse breweries and the warm atmosphere of English country pubs, our philosophy is uniquely American. We draw inspiration not from a particular style or set of guidelines, but from the incredible richness of the world around us and the character of the ingredients that we carefully choose.

 

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Growlers being filled out back.

 

 

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Bre and Daryl at the bar

 

They have a fairly small tasting room, a bar with 6 stools but room for standing as well.

 

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Rustic Pils – 5.6%
Better than the average Pilsner, still not Mark’s favorite, but had a decent taste.

 

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Uncle Bob’s Bitter – 4.5%
An English style ale, good, not bitter, pretty drinkable beer. No hoppy taste, Deryl liked this beer.

 

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Unveiled – 6%
Very interesting flavor, not very carbonated. Megan thought it was sweet, Mark did not. There is an extra flavor, Hibiscus or peppercorn flavor, not sure which, and a touch floral. It is a Belgian style ale with hibiscus and pink peppercorn.

 

Gnomad – 7.5%
They use 2 yeast strains and 2 malts. A Belgian base, slightly tart or sour, fairly light body. A hybrid beer, hard to describe all the flavors, does not taste like 7.5%. Spicy, earthy notes of banana and clove.

 

Rt. 1 Rye Stout – 6% limited release
Interesting balance of flavors, lighter style stout, maybe because of the Rye. Coffee flavor, Megan likes it, Deryl and Bre did not like, they do not like coffee.

 

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Riverwalk IPA – 6.75%
Interestingly balanced, right in the middle of IPA spectrum, hoppy but not super hoppy, not plain or boring either though.

 

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The service was good. We did not get anything to go, though Bre did get a small Growler. Unfortunately, on the website they say they bottle condition their beer and have pictures of beer bottles on the website and Facebook and we were looking forward to that. We have way too many growlers! When we were there they told us they were not currently bottling beer. According to facebook, they are now bottling again, about a month later.

This is definitely a brewery to keep an eye on!

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Want to visit?
Hours

Thursday and Friday: 3:00 – 7:00

Saturday: 12:00 – 6:00

 

 

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Kelsen Brewing Company, Derry, NH

PNG On the way to a friend’s cookout, we stopped at Kelsen Brewing Company with our friend Ally. Kelsen is located in Derry, New Hampshire and is easy to find. IMG_2968

 

Kelsen Brewing began when life-long friends, Paul and Erik, decided to start home-brewing together in 2010. The rest, is history!

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From their website: If you don’t like full-flavored beers or beers with hop aroma that socks you in the nostrils, you probably won’t appreciate what we are brewing.  If you appreciate complex malt profiles and unique combinations of hop flavors and aromas, you might want to pick up a bottle of Kelsen and try us out.

 

Tastings are free, so we each tried all three beers they had to offer. 

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Paradigm Brown Ale – 7% paradigmBlacksmith
One of the better Brown Ales we have had recently. Good flavor balance, fairly light in body but still flavorful.

 

Battle Axe IPA – 7.2% viking
Mark liked this. Hoppy beer with piney notes, but not over bearing. It was smoother than Ally expected, very drinkable at 7.2%, a little too flavorful/hoppy for Megan.

 

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Double Battle Axe – 9% doublebattleaxe
Mark liked this as well, had a much more malty flavor, less hoppy and piney. Megan and Ally were both surprised by the flavor, they were expecting more hops than the regular Battle Axe, which it doesn’t have. 

 

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We visited on a nice day, so it was pretty quiet until our tasting was about complete. We were the only people in there when we arrived. There were 2 bartenders there and they were friendly and helpful, gave us a little bit of the background on the beers and the company.

 

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Also available to take home: Chris’ Wicked Ice Cream! No tastings at this time, but high recommendations. Chris’ Wicked Ice Cream is brand new, with it’s debut this spring.

From their website:
Paradigm Brown Ale with Caramel and Brownie. Kelsen’s flagship brown ale with a little chocolate and caramel to bring out the hoppy flavor of this Beer Advocate favorite. 1.5%AB

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Draken Robust Porter Ice Cream with Caramel and Heath Bar® and Featuring Kelsen Draken Robust Porter Beer. The Porter all dressed up with the perfect accessories to make this a perfect dessert. Try not to eat the pint all at once. 1.46% ABV

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Available Soon!
Double Battle Axe IPA Sorbet – light and refreshing with a nice hop hit at then end. The perfect end to a light meal or that palate cleanser that no one saw coming. (IN FINAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT)

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Since we were headed to a cookout (anyways), we picked up a couple of pints (two of the Paradigm Brown Ale and one of the Draken Robust Porter)  and a growler of the Paradigm Brown Ale to make beer ice cream floats! They were delicious! Great recommendation!

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Want to visit?
Tasting Room Hours
Every Thursday and Friday from 4 to 7 pm.
Every Saturday from 12 to 6 pm.