OK, we don’t want guests (or potential guests) to think the innkeepers are lushes (because we aren’t) but we like to support local businesses and appreciate a good beer every now and then. With microbreweries growing in popularity, we were excited when we read about the newest addition to the New Hampshire beer scene: the Henniker Brewing Company which is about forty minutes away in … Henniker 🙂
|Dave serving customers at the tasting counter|
Their tasting/tap room is open from 3PM – 6PM Monday – Friday (12PM – 2PM on Saturdays with tours), so we decided to combine our beer tasting trip with a few of our other favorite activities: a hike, a stop at German John’s Bakery for soft pretzels and a photo opportunity at Gleason Falls Stone Bridge.
|Gleason Falls Stone Arch Bridge|
Once at the brewery, Dave, one of the managers was very friendly as he poured and described the three different beers they had on tap to try: Whipple’s Wheat, Amber’s Apparition and Hop Slinger IPA (they are preparing to introduce a Porter later this month). He also regaled us with some fun tales about the stories behind the beer names.
|Dave showing off the fermentation tanks|
Dave finished up by giving me a quick tour of the brewing process in back. We had gotten there late and he was still willing to give us the whole tour but I was happy just to have a quick look-see and wait until our next trip to get the ten cent tour. We of course ended up going home with some…souvenirs 🙂