A lot of breweries in the area are celebrating the fall season with some great beers. Exeter’s Neighborhood Beer Company, North Hampton’s Throwback Brewery, Hampton’s Smuttynose Brewing Company and Henniker’s, well, Henniker Brewing Company have a line up of beers you should check out, no lederhosen required.
Neighborhood Beer Co. Granite Acorn
Granite Acorn Autumn Lager is a higher-alcohol, super malty version of the iconic harvest Märzen-style Oktoberfest. It’s an incredibly smooth, crisp lager that will pair well with meats, cheeses and autumn dishes. This beer comes in at 6.5 percent ABV, 24 IBU. I tried this beer last week and I really enjoy it. This is a limited beer and will go fast. Also don't forget that if you are a Mug Club member, Thursday during the month of September your friends will also enjoy their beer in a 20-ounce mug at the Mug Club price.
Henniker Hometown Double Brown
Another beer to check out as the days get cooler in the fall is Henniker Brewery’s Hometown Double Brown. The beer is brewed in tribute to Henniker, a robust, brown ale sturdy enough to stand up to the chilly nights and shortening days. The beer comes in at 7 percent ABV, 55 IBU and is available on select drafts and in bottle shops all over the area.
Throwback Heidi Go Seek
Tossing their hat into the fall beer ring is Throwback with their Munich-style Oktoberfest beer, named Heidi Go Seek. “This is the first time that we've brewed an Oktoberfest, and we are thrilled with the results. Heidi is a gorgeous, copper-colored hue, with deep orange undertones. The body on this lagered beer is very light and crisp, and the taste walks the perfect balance of bready malt and spicy hops,” according to owners Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier. This beer comes in at 5 percent ABV and 27 IBU.
Smuttynose also has their very popular Octoberfest beer on tap and on store shelves across the areas. Not only do they have a beer, they have an entire event to celebrate the season, Smuttoberfest. I went last year and it was a really good time, and I strongly recommend you check it out on Oct. 16. Advance tickets are $15 or purchase them on the day for $20. Tickets include one beer ticket (additional beer tickets on sale for $4 each). You will be grooving to live music from Soggy Po' Boys and headliners Harsh Armadillo. Fall beers will be the theme of the day, including Pumpkin Ale, Peach Short Weisse and of course, their Oktoberfest. Rumors hinting at vintage Smuttlabs and Big Beers on tap are, as of yet, unfounded. Other Smuttynose favorites will be on tap as well. Children under 21 are welcome and there will be a selection of soft drinks available. For more details head over to www.Smuttynose.com.
This should keep you busy. Send in your fall favorites to me at SeacoastBeverageLab@gmail.com.
Brian Aldrich is the creator of Seacoast Beverage Lab, a beer blog and podcast established in 2010. Brian also co-wrote the book New Hampshire Beer: Brewing from Sea to Summit. Read more of his From the Lab columns online at www.seacoastonline.com/topics/From-the-lab.