Breweries and Distilleries

Where to get your drink on

Live Free Distillery owner Andre Marcoux

Pipe Dream
49 Harvey Rd, Londonderry
West Coast inspired brews in an industrial setting. When the temperature permits, they roll up the garage doors, and the whole space flows into the parking lot. Live music and events weekly. The West to East IPA is a must try for any IPA lover. A decent selection of snacks and food as well.

To Share Brewing Company
720 Union St, Manchester
With an urban feel, this small space delivers the fun. Interesting lineup of beers, and unlike a lot of regional breweries, the non IPA selections are the most interesting. Neighborhood kind of place that is worth seeking out if you don't live in Manchester. Board games, shuffleboard, and a very extensive collection of Vinyl make for a fun night out with your beer loving friends.

Long Blue Cat
298 Rockingham Rd, Londonderry
7-barrel nanobrewery serving up a nice mix of styles in an intimate setting. Live music on some nights and a nice mix of food offered from the limited kitchen. Friendly, knowledgeable staff that is happy to talk about the various styles and tastes on tap.

Live Free Distillery
1000 E. Industrial Park Dr, Manchester
Micro distillery putting out quality spirits right here in the Queen City. The friendly and knowledgeable owner will walk you through his offerings and show you the distillation process in action. The barrel aged whiskeys are excellent and worth bringing home.  The wheat whiskey has a flavor profile that will blow your mind.  Bottles make awesome thank you gifts for hosts. More unusual, thoughtful, and enjoyable than a simple bottle of wine. Combine a stop here with neighboring Great North for a  vaired day of sipping.

Backyard Brewery
1211 S Mammoth Rd, Manchester
(603) 623-3545 
Great atmosphere, beer, and food. Very nice outdoor deck area, that is also pet friendly.  Awesome staff.   Very nice outdoor deck area, that is also pet friendly.  A fantastic place to bring friends and family.

Great North Aleworks
1050 Holt Ave, Manchester
Craft brewer with a sizable tasting room. You will find their bigger offerings all around, but the tap house has many limited release offerings. If available, try the Smokin', a rare New England take on a Rauchbier. Their IPA has become almost synonymous with beer around Manchester.

Able Ebenezer
31 Columbia Cir, Merrimack
Veteran owned brewer with a small tap room and a rotating cast of food trucks stopping by. Victory Nor Defeat is my favorite DIPA in the state. Burn the Ships and Man of Talent beers are both very original and worth trying. Pet friendly.

Fun Fact: Able Ebenezer takes its name from the Pine Tree Riot(Did you read our history column?) and pays homage to the citizens that rallied behind Ebenezer Mudgett.

603 Brewery & Beer Hall
42 Main St, Londonderry
Huge beer hall serving ubiquitous brews. This is the place to bring big groups. The beers are great, and the beer hall vibe is the only one in the state. The outside patio is the place to spend warm spring days with great food, fun games, and lots of friends. The sandwiches are what you should focus on here.

LaBelle Winery
345 Rte 101, Amherst
Open year-round for tastings, lunch, and dinner amongst their 2000 vines, Labelle has grown into one of the largest vineyards in the state. Offering events such as yoga in the vineyard, cooking seminars, and concerts, there is a reason for even non wine drinkers to visit. The restaurant puts out high quality meals that deserve attention. Very well known for its diverse selection of fruit wines, though the Americus and Syrah should be tasted by anyone who likes a bold red wine.

Copper Beech Winery
146 Londonderry Turnpike, Hookset
I was taken aback approaching this Winery as the road is more known for industrial suppliers and auto mechanics. Don't let that fool you. They are doing some very creative things here, and it is definitely worth a visit. Fruit wines are the focus, and while typically that means sweet, that is not the case here. Somewhat dry, well balanced, and show off just enough of the fruit flavor that you know what you are drinking. The jalapeno wine is one of the more exciting things I have ever drunk. Hours are limited, so it's best to call or check in on Facebook first.

Stark Brewing Co.
500 N. Commercial St, Manchester
Set in a historic mill building along the river, Stark is the oldest brewpub in the state. With up to 20 handcrafted beers on tap, there are options for everyone. Milly's Oatmeal Stout is named for brewmaster Peter Telge's beloved German Shepard and is a fantastic cold weather brew. Their seasonal offerings are fun and tasty. An in-house copper still puts out quality rum, bourbon, and vodka as well. Unlike most modern brewpubs, Stark smells like a brewery, with that distinct grain smell hitting you in the face when you step inside.