“Drink Beer or Die”- New Hampshire’s Finest Breweries

Part 2- Tuckerman Brewing Company

The next brewery up is the Tuckerman Brewing Company located in Conway, New Hampshire. The friendly and informative Jen Arnold gave me an overview of the company’s history and brewing methods.


The Tuckerman Brewing Company was founded thirteen years ago and has grown quite a bit since its humble beginnings. This unique brewery is known for their technique when it comes to carbonating their beer. Arnold informed me that they bottle their beer in keg condition and add a little wort (definition: “the sweet liquid that comes from mashing grains. It is unfermented beer.”) The beer naturally carbonates as they let it sit for eight days. This method is rarely used anymore and separates the Tuckerman Brewing Company from other breweries.

One of their most popular brews is the American Style Pale Ale. Because it is American Style, this pale ale is lighter and incredibly refreshing. Another beer they feature is their Alt German Style Brown Ale. There are not many Alts made anymore, which gives the Tuckerman Brewing Company an added edge.

Just to give a bit of a background on Alts- the German term “Altbier,” which means “old beer,” refers to the traditional pre-lager brewing method of “using a warm top-fermenting yeast.” This differs from the British pale ale, also a top-fermenting beer, because the taste is “cleaner and crisper”.

This brewery celebrates all things New Hampshire. The Alt German Style Brown Ale is named Headwall, a peak located in the Granite State. Their 6288 Stout, released around the holidays, refers to the elevation of Mount Washington. The Tuckerman Brewing Company’s label uses a photo from the April 1937 Harvard vs. Dartmouth slalom ski race. The photographer who took this historic shot gave them the rights to the picture free of charge. What a great deal!

When it comes to pairing beer and food, Arnold really felt that darker beers (like the Alt beer) go well with red meats, while lighter beers (like the Pale Ale) go well with seafood. Since the American Style Pale Ale is not as hoppy and bitter as the typical pale ale, it doesn’t take away flavor from the food.

Thanks to Jen for taking time out of her schedule to chat with us!

In our last installment, we’ll talk with the good people at White Birch Brewing in Hooksett, New Hampshire.

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