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Jun 4, 2020








Henniker Brewing’s new Damn Sure Double IPA will be featured at the anniversary party. Courtesy photo.

Four Years of Great Beers and Good Company

Where: River Road Tavern, 193 S. River Road, Bedford
When: Friday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m. 
Cost: Free admission 
Contact: 428-3579,

Cheers to four years
Henniker Brewing celebrates with new beer

By Angie Sykeny

 Henniker Brewing Co. celebrates its fourth year of brewing with a special anniversary event on Friday, Jan. 13, at River Road Tavern in Bedford. The “Four Years of Great Beers and Good Company” party will feature 11 of the brewery’s beers on tap, including a couple new releases, as well as food pairings, prizes and opportunities to meet and talk with the Henniker Brewing Co. staff. 

“Our following has continued to grow every year, and [the party] is a good way for us to get to know everyone who has supported us and celebrate how far we’ve come in four years and where we’re looking to go moving forward,” Marketing Director Ryan Maiola said. 
Partygoers will get to taste Henniker Brewing’s newest year-round brew, Damn Sure Double IPA, for the first time on tap outside the brewery. Damn Sure is brewed with malted oats, unmalted wheat, English pale malt and a hops blend with tropical fruit notes of mango, pineapple, peach and grapefruit. The name was inspired, Maiola said, by the Internet hashtag #NewHampshireForDamnSure and is a tribute to New Hampshire people and culture. Damn Sure is a New Hampshire-only release and will be available once a month in limited batches. 
“Accounts across the state have been calling us about it. We’ve already pre-sold out of all of the kegs, and it’s going to go quick once it’s on tap,” Maiola said, “but we’ll be bringing a lot to the event, so if people are looking to try it out outside of the brewery, this is the best chance to.” 
Also on tap will be Company, a Belgian Quad released at the brewery’s anniversary party last year as part of the Off the Grid series. It’s brewed using house toasted cherrywood aged in white rum from Flag Hill Distillery in Lee and features notes of banana, rum, marzipan and cherry. The party will feature 2016 Company as well as the first tapping of 2017 Company. 
“Company is one of the beers that people really look out for,” Maiola said. “It will be cool to have the 2016 and 2017 Company side by side, because people notice that the cherry flavor gets stronger as it ages.” 
Other notable beers on the lineup include the brewery’s winter seasonal The Roast, a stout brewed with a blend of locally roasted gourmet coffee beans; the popular Russian imperial stout King Misanthrope; and the last keg in the state of 2016 Ora, which is a Belgian-style golden ale. 
River Road Tavern will also be partnering with Henniker Brewing to offer food pairings with some of the beers. The pairings will include Damn Sure with grilled pork chop, couscous, pear sauce, shredded green apple and blue cheese; 2017 Company with a charcuterie plate; Amber Apparition amber ale with wild mushroom arancini; and a vanilla bean ice cream float made with Working Man’s Porter English style dark ale. 
Lastly, people at the party will have the chance to meet all eight members of Henniker Brewing’s staff, including the brewery’s founder Dave Currier and head brewer Devin Bush. 
“[Bush] is always interested in talking with people and getting their feedback on the beers,” Maiola said. “He has a lot of experience, so it’s also a good opportunity for homebrewers to meet and talk with him and ask him questions about brewing.” 
Although the party is a free, drop-in event, Maiola said there was a two- to three-hour wait at the peak of the anniversary party last year, so people should arrive toward the beginning of the event to ensure that they don’t miss out on the beers before they’re gone. 
“We were pleasantly shocked with the turnout last year. It’s a great reflection of the enthusiasm of the people who support us,” he said, “but it does mean that the tavern fills up quick, so definitely get there early to snag a spot.”

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