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SeaCoastOnline: Local Beer Crafters' Job is True Brew

September 17, 2012


From SeaCoastOnline:

Beer connoisseurs looking to tap into unique and distinctive beers don't have to go far. Here and throughout the Granite State, the craft-brew business is booming.

Smuttynose Brewery and Redhook Brewery have been staples in the Seacoast for more than a decade. Now a new crop of nanobreweries is springing up, including Throwback Brewery in North Hampton and the Blue Lobster Brewing Company in Hampton.

"I look at it more as a resurgence," said Michael Benoit. The owner of Blue Lobster Brewing will be opening his tasting room in the next few weeks at 845 Lafayette Road in Hampton.

"It's going back to the farm table movement, where beer should be localized," Benoit said. "If I'm on vacation somewhere, why would I travel to drink a beer when I can get it in San Diego, Boston or Milwaukee. People want different."

Back to beer's roots

Peter Egelston, owner of Smuttynose Brewery, said the resurgence of local breweries is a nationwide trend.

Smuttynose is the state's largest and oldest craft brewery. Egelston said when he first opened his brewery 25 years ago, there were fewer than 50 craft breweries in the United States. Today there are more than 2,000, with "hundreds more coming online," he said.

But Egelston was quick to point out there was a similar number of breweries back in 1865 until prohibition came along in 1919.

Smuttynose Brewery and Redhook Brewery have been staples in the Seacoast for more than a decade. Now a new crop of nanobreweries is springing up, including Throwback Brewery in North Hampton and the Blue Lobster Brewing Company in Hampton.

"I look at it more as a resurgence," said Michael Benoit. The owner of Blue Lobster Brewing will be opening his tasting room in the next few weeks at 845 Lafayette Road in Hampton.

"It's going back to the farm table movement, where beer should be localized," Benoit said. "If I'm on vacation somewhere, why would I travel to drink a beer when I can get it in San Diego, Boston or Milwaukee. People want different."

Back to beer's roots

Peter Egelston, owner of Smuttynose Brewery, said the resurgence of local breweries is a nationwide trend.

Smuttynose is the state's largest and oldest craft brewery. Egelston said when he first opened his brewery 25 years ago, there were fewer than 50 craft breweries in the United States. Today there are more than 2,000, with "hundreds more coming online," he said.

But Egelston was quick to point out there was a similar number of breweries back in 1865 until prohibition came along in 1919.


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