Liar’s Bench Beer Company, Portsmouth, NH

We just visited Liar’s Bench Beer Company in Portsmouth with Mark’s sister Michelle. Liar’s Bench has been open for a little less than a year, we just hadn’t made it over there yet.

 

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They do full pours as well as samples. Megan and Michelle just did samples of the first 3, Mark tried all 6 beers on tap.

 

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New Norman – Kolsch 4.9%
This was a collaboration brew with Magnolia Brewing Company. Megan thought it was kind of basic, Mark thought it was not quite as clean as he expected from a Kolsch, with an earthy flavor to it.

 

Doctor Criminal – Berliner Weisse 3%
A light, sour beer with a dry finish. Pretty classic in style. “There is no fruit added to the beer, so you can appreciate it in all of its sour goodness.” Mark and Megan thought it could have been a little more sour. Michelle did like it, and she is not a big fan of sour beers, so its made to be more approachable.

 

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Megan and Michelle’s samples

Hai Ikki – Rice Saison 5.7%
Really smooth, from the rice we assume, with a mild peppery saison finish. This was Megan and Michelle’s favorite.

Punxsutawney Swill – Brown Ale 5.2%
Has a roasty nose, a smooth brown ale, pretty flavorful for the style, better than the average brown.

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Young Upstart – IPA 6.6%
A hazy New England style ipa, smells really, really fruity but doesn’t taste quite as fruity. They say balanced in the description, Mark wanted the flavor to follow the nose. Still a good ipa, medium body, hoppy – fruity/ citrusy with a very minor bitter finish. Pretty good overall.

Pound of Flesh – British Strong 7.5%
Clear with a reddish tint. Not what Mark was expecting, a sweet, malty beer that was better than expected.

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This is a cool, popular spot on the West end of Portsmouth. Michelle noticed when we first walked in that everyone there was our age or younger. More people came in as we were there, some older people, but the crowd was generally pretty young.

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Megan and Michelle

They serve food, just a few selections, hot dog, bratwurst, and sausage. They serve food so that they can serve pints, as that is the law in New Hampshire for serving pints, you need to have food.

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A pretty small place, but they use the space well. They have 2 long tables that people can stand around, they fit about 12 people each and 1 long table to sit at.

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There is room to stand around and some standing counters around the edges of the room. There is Foosball as well.

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Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 2:00 – 9:00
Friday and Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00
Monday: Closed

As always, check Facebook or their website for updated hours.

The Lone Wolfe Brewing Company, Wolfeboro NH

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We stopped at The Lone Wolfe Brewing Company in Wolfeboro, NH on the way down from a visit to North Conway. They are a one man, one barrel nano brewery.

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fun wooden sample tray

 

Witbier – 4.3% 19 IBU
Megan really liked this beer. Good spice flavor, light taste, and a tiny bit sweet.

 

Brown Ale – 5.6% 37 IBU
Pretty light, not much flavor to it.

 

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our tasting

 

Oatmeal Stout – 5.6% 30 IBU
Lighter in body than expected, good smell and smooth, good flavor.

 

Rye IPA – 5.6% 83 IBU
Reddish in color, good smell. Slightly red taste mixed with smooth IPA flavor, not super hoppy, tingled on Megan’s tongue.

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It was a friendly environment, and we chatted with other people about breweries and this blog. Since we talked about the blog, they gave us, and everyone there at the time, and extra sample of something special, a Spruce Porter.

 

Spruce Porter – 12.5%
Blue spruce tips aged on vanilla bean and cinnamon. Has that aged flavor, Mark tasted vanilla bean the most with a hint of cinnamon with a strong smell of spruce tips.

 

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They are planning to release bottled beer soon. The beers that are coming soon are their flagship beers, the ones they plan to bottle. They are just waiting for the labels to be approved. Hopefully we see them in stores soon- can’t wait to try what else they have to offer! Rumor has it… we will see them very soon!

 

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This is the bar and serving area. Everything is made from recycled pallets, except the bar top, which is a cool live edge slab of wood. Even the floor is made from recycled pallets laid out in an interesting, repeating chevron patter. The lights over the bar were cool too.

 

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Even the tables are made from recycled pallets.

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This was a great place- the beer was good as well as the atmosphere. It is definitely a place to visit again- especially since we paid them a visit after they were open for just over 6 months! Some breweries don’t seem as well put together when open for this amount of time (or a lot longer), so we wish them the best with their future!

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They are located in the Wolfeboro Marketplace. They are in the middle of the Marketplace, back from the main street. You can park out front on 109 or in the parking lot out back off of Mill Street.

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entrance, located up the back steps

 

 

Want to Visit?
Friday 5-9
Saturday 1-9

Check out their facebook page for more updates!