Brew News Mashup: Sourcing local, lagers on the comeback, and Pink Boots making the rounds

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Brewers are getting creative with more local ingredients, lagers are coming back and a couple new Pink Boots brews are entering circulation.

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On April 1, 603 Brewery in Londonderry released Beer Hall Lager (4.5 percent), and as the name implies, it is exclusively available in their Beer Hall, both in 12-ounce cans and on draft.

On Friday, April 9, they will be dropping a new experimental beer called E09 Hibiscus Bay (4.2 percent), which is a grapefruit and hibiscus gose. Brewers say it’s bright pink in color with tiny effervescent bubbles and aromas of fresh grapefruit zest, lemon and a hint of pineapple. It’s available in 16-ounce cans and in draft, both at the brewery and in the market.

The following Friday, on April 16, they’ll be releasing this year’s Damsel No Distress – Pink Boots Society Brew (4.2 percent), a lavender lemon gose with label art designed by team member Sadie Tupper. It boasts aromas of sweet lemon, floral lavender, a hint of pineapple and a mild sea breeze, and lemon, floral and briny flavors.

Pink Boots Society beers are made by women brewers in collaboration with the organization which encourages and supports women in the brewing industry through education.

Ancient Fire

Ancient Fire Mead and Cider in Manchester is coming out with a couple new meads. The first, Call The Bern Unit (7 percent) will be coming out on April 7. It’s a raspberry blossom mead with Vermont maple syrup and habanero chilies. It will be available on tap or growlers to go.

On April 15, they’ll be re-releasing Fire Pomme (7 percent), a hard cider with honey and cinnamon. It will be on tap and in growlers to go. This one’s a “fan favorite,” according to brewers, but one they didn’t get to brew in 2020.

Martha’s Exchange

Here are six beers on tap now at Martha’s Exchange in Nashua. 

  • Brauhaus Pils – NH Barley Edition (5.4 percent) is a bright and crisp pilsner with floral and spicy nose and a bready malt flavor. It’s made with grain grown by Morrill Farm in Penacook.
  • Another beer with regionally grown ingredients is Hopyard IPA (7 percent), an India Pale Ale made with hops from Maine and the pacific northwest (Amarillo and Cascade). It has flavors of grapefruit and citrus.
  • Also available is PC’s IPA (6.6 percent), made with Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe hops. It has flavors and aromas of pine, grapefruit, toasted malt and a clean bitterness.
  • If you like hops, you can try Dr. Hoppenstein’s Double IPA (8.5 percent), which has flavors of pine, grapefruit and citrus and a malt foundation. “We stuffed hops in everywhere we could and now this monster is just oozing them,” brewers say.
  • Check out Fruiticopia Sour Ale (3.8 percent) for a tart and refreshing kettle sour. Hints of lemon accent this beer but each keg offers a new rotation of fresh fruit.
  • The Abbot’s Habit (9.4 percent) is available at the brewpub. It’s a Belgian Tripel described as golden, strong and effervescent with spicy esters, malt and a touch of sweetness.

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On April 7, Great North Aleworks in Manchester is releasing a lager called True Brew (5.8 percent), which is brewed in collaboration with the Manchester Historic Association. It will be served at the tasting room during the Manchester Wall of Fame Trivia event with John Clayton, director of the Manchester Historic Association. It’s also available in growlers to go.

The 15th batch of Hazy Rotation (5.4 percent) is out on April 8 in cans market-wide and on tap in the tasting room. This Hazy Rotation also doubles as the brewery’s 2021 Pink Boots Society brew, made by women brewers with a hop blend arranged by the organization, which includes Cashmere, Ahtanum, Citra, Loral and Sabro hops. 

Another beer made by the women of Great North is 1965 Honey Wheat Ale (5.2 percent), which was brewed to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day. It will be released on April 9 in the tasting room and paired with a special charcuterie which features assorted meats and cheeses from Angela’s Pasta and Cheese shop in Manchester and blueberry blossom honey from McLure’s Honey in Littleton. That same honey was used in the brew. It will be available on draft or in growlers to go.

On April 10, Great North is releasing Friends of Almighty Brown Ale (6.8 percent), a collaboration with now-closed 7th Settlement Brewery, formerly in Dover. The beer will be available on draft in the tasting room and select restaurants, and in growlers to go.

Moonlight Meadery

Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry released CocoNuts 4.0 (14 percent) on March 26. It’s only available at the meadery or through online order. It’s made with orange blossom honey and “lots” of toasted coconuts, resulting in a rich, sweet and coconutty mead. Brewers only made 98 bottles.

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On draft in the Daydreaming Brewing Company taproom in Derry is a new Berliner Weisse called No Apologies (3 percent). Brewers say it has a crisp, tart and bright start with subtle citrus and pineapple notes followed by biscuity malt notes and a dry finish. Other variants of No Apologies will be released subsequently.

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Grover’s Golden Ale.

Also out is Grover’s Golden Ale (4.2 percent), which is a version of their English golden ale kicked up a notch with added Mandarina Bavaria hops and a bit of dry hopping. The result is a citrus-forward crisp crusher. It will premier first at the XO Bistro on Elm Street in Manchester along with their Ariana Wit (5 percent). It’s named after bartender and beer enthusiast Derick Grover.

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Later this month, Daydreaming will also be kicking off its line of Dungeons & Dragons: Insidious-themed beers with Fierce Princess (5 percent), a German pilsner with rye and spicy peppers.

They will also be celebrating their one-year anniversary with Anniversary Ale (10.8 percent), which is a blend of their English barleywine, Belgian and Russian Imperial Stout aged in a Doire malt whiskey barrel. Brewers say the result is a rich, robust palate ride of chocolate, fruit and roastiness.

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At Candia Road Brewing Company in Manchester, brewers released their collaboration with the ManchVegas Brew Bus, called Lil’ Conez (4.5 percent). It’s made with Citra, Cascade and Mosaic hops.

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