18 Apr Three Cheers for Local Beers: A Guide to N.H. Breweries Near the Lakes Region
We love our dear Lake Winnipesaukee, but it’s not the only hopping watering hole around here. Breweries in New Hampshire continue to draw discerning beer lovers from near and far with tantalizing tap lists paired with locally-sourced fare. Take your taste buds on a tour of their own during your next pass through the Lakes Region and stop by one (or all) of these full-flavored N.H. breweries.
Hop, Hop, Hooray: 7 N.H. Breweries to Visit During a Lakes Region Visit
Kettlehead Brewing Company (Tilton, N.H.)
Just off of I-93, Kettlehead Brewing is a small craft brewery offering a variety of beer styles and a small menu of locally-sourced bites, like pretzels and hand-tossed pizzas. With ales, single and double IPAs, and even a few wild cards like their Bomb Pop Sour Raspberry Berliner-Weisse, there’s a pour for every palette here.
Canterbury AleWorks (Canterbury, N.H.)
For a taste and sight of authentic New Hampshire, don’t pass up a weekend stop at Canterbury AleWorks, a unique single barrel, water-powered and wood-fired nanobrewery tucked away in the woods. A visit to the woodworking-shop-turned-brewery is an experience all its own, complete with an on-site hops yard to stroll through. Inside, the intimate standing room is full of authentic rustic charm, with a selection of hand-crafted beers, like Tim’s Bitter Boddi light pale ale, on tap for flights and growler fills.
White Mountain Brewing (Ashland, N.H.)
To the delight of many locals and visitors, in 2015 master brewer Dave Page turned his passion for homebrewing into a social space to enjoy a pint, a bite, and some good conversation. Today, White Mountain Brewing pours sample sizes and full pints while serving a specific menu of tex-mex fare. Live free — enjoy a burrito with your beer.
Lone Wolf Brewing Co. (Wolfeboro, N.H.)
Step inside Lone Wolf Brewing Co. and you’ll be greeted with a majestic 27-foot live edge bar and authentic tables straight from Germany. The full-bodied beer hall can seat 100 patrons and features a full menu and bar. A wide-ranging tap list including IPAs, gose, and stouts invites you to dip your glass into a little bit of everything.
Burnt Timber Brewing & Tavern (Wolfeboro, N.H.)
With fun and funky beer names like Dank-A-Sawrus Rex IPA and Takes Two to Mango, reading what’s on tap is half the fun of visiting Burnt Timber Brewing & Tavern. The cozy space seats 24 small batch brew fans and offers a rotating beer selection alongside a menu of tasty bites that supports local farms and businesses.
Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company (West Ossipee, N.H)
Perfect for a dinner outing with a side of craft beer, a trip to Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company is destined to impress from the moment you pull into the parking lot. The rosy red building is a favorite site for weddings and special events, but even on a regular day you’ll find plenty of hungry and thirsty patrons milling about multiple indoor and outdoor dining spots. A continuously rotating selection of brews keeps repeat visitors on their toes in the taproom, with growlers and cans at-the-ready to enjoy on your own time.
Bonus: Sap House Meadery (Center Ossipee, N.H.)
Have a honey lover in your life? Even Winnie the Pooh would trek to our own Hundred Acre Wood to see what the buzz is about at Sap House Meadery. Reserve a spot for an hour-long “Hive to Bottle” Saturday tour and learn how this meadery hit the honeypot as New Hampshire’s first mead pub. Sip a flight of whatever variety they have on hand or indulge in a mead-based cocktail and a bite off their menu for the full experience.
You know what goes together better than pub pretzels and a pint? Pairing your N.H. breweries journey with Mill Falls at the Lake. Come to us with all your craft beer curiosities and we’ll point you in the direction of your new go-to brew.