The Hippo


May 31, 2020








Enjoying food and drink outdoors at last year’s summer celebration.” Courtesy photo.

Kickoff to Summer event

Where: Henniker Brewing Company, 129 Centervale Road, Henniker
When: Saturday, June 13, from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission is free. Visit

Brew debut
Henniker Brewing hosts summer seasonal celebration

By Allie Ginwala

 Nothing says summer like sitting outside enjoying a cold beverage, which is exactly what brewers at Henniker Brewing Company had in mind while making Artisan Ale, a light, session beer. To help New Hampshirites get in the summer beer spirit, Henniker Brewing Company will host a kickoff to summer event debuting the release of the summer seasonal on Saturday, June 13. 

“[It’s] a perfect summer beer where you can sit on your deck and drink it all day,” Marketing Director Ryan Maiola said in a phone interview. 
The seasonal brew uses three different yeast strains and has a lot of flavor and a hoppy kick at the end, as well as a lower alcohol content. 
“No one wants something too heavy or high in alcohol content [in the summer],” Maiola said. “The idea behind it is you can sit out on the deck and barbecue and drink this and be able to be OK after a couple of them.”
Inspired by outdoor afternoons, recommend pairings for the beer encompass anything made outside, especially ribs and foods with a little spice like sausages and burgers. 
This year marks the second kickoff to summer event, which, Maiola said, is a celebration of the company, the community and of course the beer. 
“[It’s] a celebration of a lot of things coming together at the same time,” he said. 
During the celebration, guests have a number of opportunities to try Henniker Brewing Company beers at sample stations, in the taproom and on the patio. The four year-round beers (Hop Slinger, Amber Apparition, Working Man’s Porter and Whipple’s Wheat) will be on tap and the last kegs of the spring seasonal DH IPA will be available. Artisan Ale will be on tap for growler fills and for sale in 22-ounce bottles. 
Brewery tours will take off every half hour to 45 minutes throughout the afternoon and will highlight the background of the company and particulars about the brewing process. Maiola and other staff members will also be on hand to mingle and answer questions.
Since no beer tasting would be complete without food, vendors from Henniker, Contoocook, Hillsborough and Dover will provide snacks from burgers to popcorn to ice cream. 
“Everything we do we like to support local and use local companies when we can,” Maiola said. 
A handful of the day’s vendors partner with Henniker Brewing, like Blackwater Mustard from Contoocook. Their products are sold in the brewery’s taproom and have also used Henniker Brewing’s porter in one of their mustards. White Mountain Kettle Corn, which shares a shipping dock with the brewery, will be there as well as Wild Poppy Soap Co., which uses the four year-round beers in its soaps. Juice Burger food truck, German John’s Bakery and MM Good Ice Cream Truck will also be there. It’s an all-ages event open to families; other activities include raffles, games and live music from Keith Sanders. 
Maiola advised trying Artisan Ale before it’s all gone. 
“It is definitely limited so it will only probably be around for a couple months,” he said. 
Available in bottles at specialty beer stores and in kegs from their taproom, Artisan Ale will also be available at Murphy’s Taproom in Manchester and New England’s Tap House Grille in Hooksett. 
Stay tuned to the website and Facebook page for information about upcoming summer seasonal launch events at Strange Brew Tavern in Manchester on Thursday, June 18, and Not Your Average Joe’s in Nashua on Friday, June 26. 
As seen in the June 11, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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