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The breweries in New Hampshire you need to visit in 2022

Explore all things hoppy at these beer makers across the state

Written by Gerrish Lopez in association with Visit New Hampshire.

Sure, you can find a wide variety of quality local beer just about anywhere these days, but it’s always better to go straight to the source. The best breweries and taprooms in New Hampshire will let you get a taste of the incredible brewing talent—from historic icons to innovative newcomers—that makes this state’s beer scene one of the country’s strongest for its size.

Whether you’re touring a brewery, tasting your way through a taproom, or enjoying a seasonal beer garden, one thing’s for sure: you’ll be enjoying some of the best brews in all of New England. Not surprising, since—like the many farm-to-table restaurants in New Hampshire —the focus is on quality, primarily local ingredients. Even if you’re not a beer person, visiting these breweries is one of the best things to do in New Hampshire.

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This family-run brewery in the quaint town of Littleton specializes in inventive, European-style brews. Housed in a converted 18th-century grist mill on the Ammonoosuc River, the Scandinavian farmhouse-inspired tasting room is the perfect spot to sip the clean, crisp Czech- and German-inspired lagers as well as beers from their new wild beer program. You’ll want to grab a wood-fired pie and stick around.

Head to the city of Keene to this eclectic brewery known for its creative, well-crafted beers. Fruited sours, pastry stouts, helles lagers and more will impress, and the names—Unravel the Fabric of Time, Tip Toeing Through Life, Bjorn Sinner—will bring a smile to your face, as will the friendly staff.

Over in Dover, this nano-brewery produces some of the best IPAs around. Alongside their core lineup of hazy New England IPAs, the brewery produces a constant rotation of sours, lagers, stouts and more. It’s small size and creative team means you’ll find many experimental and one-off beers, and pours are always super-fresh. Along with amazing beers, Garrison whips up some pretty tasty street tacos.

This small brewpub in Portsmouth is popular for its beer garden featuring live music and casual eats. The solid beer program features the standards you’d expect, but this brewery’s must-try speciality is gruit, a medieval-style of beer that utilizes local herbs and plants like catnip, mugwort and galangal rather than hops.

This family-owned and operated brewery in Conway is named after the nearby Tuckerman Ravine, a popular destination for skiing and hiking. The tasty, mountain-brewed beers are crafted from unique recipes and celebrate the region’s outdoor activities with names like “Rockpile IPA” and “Headwall Alt”. The brewery offers many tours and tastings and a lineup of live music in the summer.

Full-flavored, aromatic, and complex, the beers at Kelsen Brewing in Derry have garnered many awards. Among the 12 beers on tap at the brewery, you’ll find IPAs, lagers, porters, and more, plus a restaurant serving snacks and hand-tossed pizza.

Ebenezer Mudgett, head of the colonial resistance against the British and “Able” to take on any unforeseen event, is the namesake of this Merrimack brewery founded by three US Army officers. Their delightful craft beers—IPAs, lagers, porters, and more—honor the state’s revolutionary spirit with names like Spitfire, Victory nor Defeat, Glory Not the Prey, and Veterans Blend.

Named for the isles of shoals off the coast of New Hampshire, where stories of ghosts and pirates run rampant, New Hampshire’s original craft brewery has grown into a major player, distributing around the country and internationally. Enjoy their unfiltered beers at their Hampton brewery, where you can enjoy beer-inspired eats in their dog-friendly beer garden or play some disc golf while you sip.

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