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The Best Breweries in New Hampshire

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If visiting breweries is your jam, boy, are you going to love New Hampshire! Quirky breweries keep popping up here, and in the last 20 years, the number of craft breweries has reached 70! Trust us; you haven’t really tasted craft beers if you haven’t visited New Hampshire.

No longer identified only by signature New England IPAs, the best breweries in New Hampshire will give you a taste of everything, from marshmallow fluff-infused sours to traditional Czech pilsners.

If you’re looking for something more local, you can check out our other New Hampshire brewery articles below.

You can also look at our best breweries in America article if you are looking for something in a different city or state.

Let’s have a look at the top-rated breweries in New Hampshire.

Post & Beam Brewing

40 Grove St. City, State: Peterborough, NH
(603) 784-5681

You’ll find a warm room on the first floor of Peterborough’s historic GAR Hall. It is done up in wood and iron and decorated with blinking lights. Once you can look past the room’s beauty, you’ll find beer. Lots of beer. The bartenders at Post & Beam Brewing are knowledgeable and don’t shy away from sharing information with their visitors.

Try the bestseller, Our Town New England IPA. With its blend of juicy, citrusy, and bitter flavor, there’s no surprise it is the brewery’s signature beer. Second place is a tie between the Unbearable Lightness of Pilsner and the Half-Time Pulse.

Woodman’s Brewery

195 Peaked Hill Rd. City, State: Bristol, NH
(603) 744-3669

If you lose your way in Bristol, you won’t get any phone reception, but trust us, all is not lost yet. Go deep into the woods and find yourself at Woodman’s Brewery in a small wooden cottage. A cottage full of beer enthusiasts from near and far who turn up like loyal fans, enjoy the brews, play board games, and go back to let others know about their wonderful experience. It is a family-run business with a brewmaster son, an assistant brewmaster dad, a counter manager daughter, and a mom who drops by to check if anything needs attention.

The rich Fireglow Irish Red is one of the local favorites. Other than that, our recommendation is Woody’s Maple Cream. You’re in for a real treat with its creamy ale and lingering maple flavor.

Throwback Brewery

7 Hobbes Rd. City, State: North Hampton, NH
(603) 379-2317

Located in Hobbs Farm in North Hampton, this women-owned brewery has a sustainable business model and sources 70-99% of its ingredients locally. Imagine sipping your brew while sitting in the middle of a farm and knowing that most ingredients in your ale or beer were picked up from the same farm. Incredible! Throwback is more than just a brewery.

It offers ice skating, drop-in yoga classes, and live music performances. The name Throwback is a nod to the past when breweries used to source their raw ingredients from local vendors. It also means throwing back a beer with friends and enjoying the good times.

Their cheek squeezer is a soured blond ale with a sour, tart, and funky flavor profile. Infused with tart cherries, it has a fruity aroma. The Spicy Bohemian is a Czech pilsner with a lingering spicy aftertaste, thanks to the infused jalapeños.

Tuckerman Brewing Company

66 Hobbs St. City, State: Conway, NH 03818
(603) 447-5400

Tuckerman Brewing Company is a family-owned brewery named after the famous skiing and hiking place, Tuckerman Ravine. The tasting room of this brewery has a 43-foot-long curved bar with multiple taps and flavors. Here, summer times are fun with a jam-packed concert schedule. Bring a blanket to sit on and enjoy the outdoorsy live music performance while sipping on the uniquely flavored mountain-brewed beers.

Rockpile IPA, Tangy Summer Ale, and Headwall Art are their top-selling brews. Make a tour of the White Mountains, sample the beers, and let us know which ones are your favorite.

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Kelsen Brewing Company

80 N High St. City, State: Derry, NH 03038
(603) 965-3708

Question: Which brewery’s beer is voted #1 in New Hampshire according to Beer Advocate?

Answer: Kelsen Brewing Company

This little nano brewery is located in Kelsen within Derry. Kelsen is famous for being home to Robert Frost and his family for years. If he wouldn’t mind stopping here on a snowy evening, you can do the same and stop for Kelsen’s highly-drinkable and award-winning beer any time. This brewery has grown from 2 beers on tap to 12 beers and a 60-person restaurant within a few years.

Come by any weekend, grab a slice of hand-tossed pizza and pair it with aromatic, complex, and flavorful IPAs, porters, lagers, and more. The top-rated, foamy, and dark Vinátta Russian Imperial Stout is only brewed during the winter — but the almost-as-coveted Vendel Imperial Stout is available year-round.

Schilling Beer Company

18 Mill St. City, Zip: Littleton, NH
(603) 444-4800

If you ever mention the word beer in the White Mountains, everyone in hearing distance will ask if you’re on your way to Schilling? It is such a well-known and well-loved brewery. People come from near and far to sample their European-style beers and delicious American ales. The brewery’s outdoor patio overlooks a covered bridge on the Ammonoosuc River, enhancing the tasting room experience.

Schilling serves the best wood-fired pizzas in the area. Nibble on local cheeses and meats and pair them with any of the German, Belgian, Czech, or Austrian beers. Palmovka – a Czech pilsner, has a sweet but sharp hop flavor, while the Austrian-style Märzen has complex layers.

Stoneface Brewing Company

436 Shattuck Way City, State: Newington, NH
(775) 470-5996

Stoneface Brewing is one of the best craft breweries in New Hampshire, with each flavor surpassing the next. Five of their craft beers have made their way to Beer Advocate’s list of top 10 craft beers. It has an industrial-style tasting room with 12 rotating taps, featuring innovative lagers, intriguing IPAs, flavorsome dark and pale ales, and a continuously expanding sour program. The brewery has a friendly staff, a decorated tasting room, a good crowd, and a packed events calendar.

The best way to enjoy these award-winning brews is by pairing them with delicious Southern cuisine. The regularly updated menu consists of salads, scallions, pretzels, pork buns, and more.

Woodstock Inn Brewery

135 Main St. City, State: North Woodstock, NH 03262
(603) 745-3951

The oldest and most popular New Hampshire brewery, Woodstock Inn Brewery, began its operation in 1995. A popular tourist destination in North Woodstock, it provides immediate relief from thirst and tiredness to hikers of the White Mountains. Is there anything better than a beer flight to freshen up? In winter, curl up in front of the massive fireplace and sip your brew in peace. Consider enjoying an immersive experience by booking a weekend package – help the brewery chefs invent new flavors, and enjoy personalized behind-the-scenes lessons.

Woodstock Inn Brewery is one of the top boutique hotels in New Hampshire. In addition to serving tasty craft beers, they have some excellent dishes on their menu. We absolutely loved the 4000-footer IPA and the Mosaic Papaya Pale Ale. But the craziest brew was undoubtedly the Mango Milkshake IPA, which was so weird it actually seemed to work!