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.

Our 50th visit! Long Trail, Birdgewater Corners, Vermont


Our second stop before we arrived to John and Lindsay’s was Long Trail, located in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. Long Trail was number 50! Our 50th visit! We parked farthest away from the doorway, not on purpose, and went in and took a seat at the bar.

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the road sign

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the door we had thought was the correct one- so we parked right across from it!

Our second stop before we arrived to John and Lindsay’s was Long Trail, located in Bridgewater Corners, Vermont. IMG_0683 Long Trail was number 50! Our 50th visit!

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We went in and took a seat at the bar.

There were two beer samplers to choose from. We chose the one we had tried less beers of.

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Brown Bag: Hefeweizen, 5.4%, 10 IBU

Tastes like a Hefeweizen, Mark said it reminded him of Blue Moon.

Farmhouse: White IPA, 6.2%, 55IBU

“Long Trail’s brewers are proud to offer you a series of unique and exclusive Farmhouse Artisanal Ales, crafted with care in our new farmhouse pilot brewery, located at the far corner of our property. These beers are unfiltered and unscripted expressions of Long Trail’s individual and collective brewery personalities. We dropped our little pilot brewery in the Farmhouse so we would have someplace to play and exercise our creative brewer chops outside the rigid confines of our big production brewhouse, which restricts us to producing a minimum 800 cases per batch.

At the Farmhouse, we are able to brew one barrel at a time, so each of these special offerings are very limited. You will not find these unique ales anywhere else but here at the Long Trail Pub and select locations. When it’s gone, it very well might be gone forever. There’s no set schedule, and very few rules. When inspiration strikes, we fire up the kettle! Some of these offerings might be refined into production beers down the road, but most of them will simply end up as fond memories.”- From Long Trail’s website

Very fresh smelling – almost like celery. Mark thought it tasted like spruce tips. Megan wasn’t a fan – the flavor was too different.

Limbo IPA – 7.6%, 80 IBU

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this poster was in their bathroom- got my attention!

Bigger flavor palate than a typical IPA. Not as heavy upfront, but had a different aftertaste – almost earthy.

Brush & Barrel Saison – 7.1%, 30 IBU

“The Brown Bag concept was developed in 1993 as a method for developing and test marketing new products quickly and affordably. The challenge was that developing a recipe was the easiest and least costly aspect of launching a new product. We could quite easily come up with a number of different flavor, color and character options, but getting them in front of customers was difficult and expensive. The time and expense required to come up with artwork and graphics for packaging, as well as printing costs (and the fact that Brown Bag was offered in very small batches) all presented a challenge for a fledgling brewery with limited resources.

That challenge was met by using simple, generic branding. A craft background and a bold, blocky font printed in a single color (black) created a look reminiscent of a brown paper bag stamped with a rubber stamp. The only unique parts were the label and the liquid inside the bottle. Messaging on the outer cartons and six packs read “Check inside the bag for style.”

Removing the time and expense on the package side gave us the freedom to experiment and push the limits of the art of brewing with styles that may have been too risky otherwise. Additionally, the fast path to market resulted in the ability to kick out new beer options quickly and kept our customers engaged and excited.” From Long Trail’s website

Other Beers that went into production after being in the Brown Bag series were Double Bag, Hit the Trail Brown Ale, and Ramble.

Good, what I expected from a Saison.

Blackberry Wheat: 4%, 12 IBU

While looking at the samplers, this was the one beer from the other sampler plate I had wanted to try. The bartender overheard us talking about it, and he let us try it. Good flavor, sweet. Reminded me of summer weather.

Ramble: 5.25%, 25 IBU

Seeing that Ramble was a Kolsch, I mentioned that I had liked the Lemon Pepper Kolsch that was a Brown Bag last summer. Apparently, people liked it so much Long Trail decided to make it their spring beer. They made some changes, but it is still very good!

IMG_0699The beer was better than the food, but it was still better than not having food! We ordered nachos and chicken fingers.

 

As like most brewery’s, they have beer there that you can’t get everywhere else. They have 12 packs samplers that they sell only in Vermont.

 

IMG_0702One of the cool things about Long Trail  (besides the beer itself!) is how they serve the samplers- in a cupcake tin!

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Want to visit?

Open Daily, 10-7, Kitchen: 11-7

We’ve been told that Long Trail is GORGEOUS in the Summer!