Last month, downtown Peterborough New Hampshire’s Post & Beam Brewery joined the microbrewery landscape opening in the historic G.A.R. Hall (Grand Army of the Republic).
The mostly brick building is perched at the top of a hill on downtown’s Grove Street with cannons and a pyramid stack of cannon balls out front and an outdoor patio overlooking the Nubanusit River. It has had many uses over the years including serving as the town’s first high school and as a meeting space for local veterans of the Civil War.
The owners spent more than a year renovating and there is much to like in the simple open space. The main entrance is towards the back of the building on the ground floor. Upon entering, we were greeted with large windows offering views of the beer making equipment and process. Making our way upstairs we noted the high ceilings, original post and beam construction and plenty of wood accent throughout creating an open and comfortable atmosphere.
We headed straight for the outdoor patio overlooking the Nubanusit River and found a large table comfortable for the four of us. We ordered our beers which came lickity split fast, sat back, relaxed and enjoyed our quaffs. Paula and one of our friends ordered the Our Town NEIPA while I ordered the Butcher Holler Grisette and another friend ordered a Boxcar Saison. We sipped slowly enjoying our beers and the surroundings. The owners checked in on us to make sure we were happy and the service was good. They also serve snacks and appetizers but we’d already had dinner and were just looking for drinks. Another time!
We don’t know how often they will rotate their beers and how many different kinds they have capacity for at one time but we are looking forward to trying others in the future and having many happy returns!