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Mar 10, 2015 3:37 PM

NH1 Top 5: The best breweries in NH


Beer is a fixture here in the Granite State. Especially craft brews.

In all, New Hampshire boasts 24 breweries across the state. But there's that famous saying, "quality over quantity."

So in this NH1 Top 5, we take a look at the highest rated N.H. breweries according the BeerAdvocate ranking of its beers.

BeerAdvocate is a well-known, Boston-based "network powered by an independent community of beer enthusiasts and industry professionals who are dedicated to supporting and promoting beer."

To qualify for this list, the breweries had to offer at least 10 different beers. Tie-breaker goes to the brewery with the most beers.

So here we go!

5) Smuttynose Brewing Company - Hampton - 3.88 out of 5

After 19 years in Portsmouth, Smuttynose opened a new, expanded brewery in Hampton last year. The brewery offers 58 beers, tours, and a 95-seat pub and restaurant. My personal favorite? The Old Brown Dog Ale.

4.) Throwback Brewery - North Hampton - 3.9 out of 5

Founded in 2010, Throwback Brewery is a small, N.H. inspired brewery that aims to make farm fresh beers using local ingredients. The nano-brewery makes 25 beers. The one that catches my eye is the Throwback Double Dippity Smoked Double Brown Ale.

3.) Earth Eagle Brewings - Portsmouth - 3.9 out of 5

If you blink while walking through Portsmouth, you could miss Earth Eagle Brewings. It is a nano-brewery that produces 78 beers. Be sure to check out its website to find its current tap list. My favorite Earth Eagle brew? The Sputnik, which I tried while wandering aimlessly through the city last summer.

2.) Schilling Beer Co. - Littleton - 4.12 out of 5

Schilling Beer Co. says it's heavily infulenced by new brewing sciences and European traditions. They offer tours and feature a taproom that offers the brews, pizza and other foods.The beer I have my eye on? The Erastus - phenomenal reviews, all around.

1.) Stoneface Brewing Co. - Newington - 4.33 out of 5

Stoneface only distributes their 10 beers in New Hampshire. You can also find get your hands on one by visiting the brewery and picking up some bottles and growlers. According to their website, Stoneface employees "live free to make [and drink] what we want. We love to make beers we like to drink - we hope you enjoy them too." My favorite is hands down the Stoneface IPA.

So there we have it, the NH1 Top 5 breweries in New Hampshire! Which is your favorite? Who else deserved to make this list? Let us know in the comments!


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