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The Granite State

Brewing in New Hampshire beer started back in 1640 by a man named Henry Sherburne. He was one of Portsmouths earliest colonizers, settling in 1631. Sherburne was also the first to receive a tavern license in the year 1669. The next to receive a brewing license was Samuel Wentworth’s Brewery in 1670.

Pre-prohibition, the largest brewery around was Frank Jones Brewing Company, which was started by John Swindell in 1856, and was later taken over by Frank Jones, hence the brewery name. After extreme growth and success, the brewery closed in 1950, not long after Jones had passed away.

1991 brought the first craft brewery and brewpub, Portsmouth Brewery, to the state. This New Hampshire brewery was opened by sibling duo Janet and Peter Egelston. Peter Egelston had bigger plans for the operation, and went on to purchase the assets of Frank Jones Brewing Company and Ipswich Brewing to create another brewery, Smuttynose Brewing.

With this history, we can confirm that the longest lasting, the most successful, the biggest, and the first craft brewery in New Hampshire are all interconnected.

Today in New Hampshire, you can purchase beer from grocery stores that have an ABV of 6% or below between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11:45 p.m. At restaurants beer can be sold until 1 a.m.

Some of the best New Hampshire breweries to check out are: Henniker Brewing in Henniker, Kelsen Brewing in Derry, Schilling Beer in Littleton, and Stoneface Brewing in Newington.

We have had the pleasure of featuring New Hampshire craft beer from several of the best breweries in New Hampshire, including: Smuttynose Brewing Company, Tuckerman Brewing Company, and Woodstock Inn Brewery. We are always looking for more New Hampshire breweries to try and feature for you in our craft beer club shipments.

New Hampshire Breweries