No Farms, No Beer

Throwback BreweryThrough sheer persistence and offers of free labor I recently managed to worm my way into a tour and tasting at the soon to be opened Throwback Brewery in North Hampton.  Annette and Nicole were hosting a couple of local beer bloggers and decided to let Kate and me tag along.  For a thorough description of the beers we tried, check out Seacoast Beverage Lab and Beer Zen Girl.

Annette is truly committed to sourcing locally for her beers and has begun by buying 1,000 pounds of grain from Brookford Farm for her Hog Happy Hefeweisen.  As a farmer, Kate wanted to know what she might be able to grow for Throwback and how much land it would take.  Barley, wheat, and hops can all be grown in the northeast and Annette is eager to see how local varieties can be used for her brewing.

We had a great time drinking beers brewed with hot peppers, peanuts, rye, wheat, chipotles, and more.  You can count on me being first in line to pick up a bottle of Campfire Smoked Porter and Dippity Do Brown Ale.Hog Happy Hef

Throwback is still moving through the arduous and multi-tiered process of getting their beers approved for sale, but we’re hoping that they’ll be available soon.  We’ve had our first taste and are eager to try some more.

And because he’s a friend of mine, I feel I should mention that the images for their beer labels (such as the soon to be iconic happy hog) are being designed by Nate Walker, builder of the giant ant.

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