The weather is certainly crisping and brisking up as we move closer to Thanksgiving and bask in the glow of another Boston Red Sox World Series championship. The beards they've got going are pretty awesome too; it's like a natural kinship shared with our brewers.
If you need more Granite State goodness to fill your glasses this fall, then look no further because we've got a bit of everything for you to choose from.
Option #1) The return of Smuttynose Barleywine to the Big Beer Series: This year's release (10.6% abv) will begin shipping on November 11. We took a few years off from making barleywine and it's back this year with a leaner malt profile and slightly lower bitterness. This means more drinkability (hooray!) for sweater weather and beyond. We may also have filled some oak barrels for future deliciousness opportunities.
Options #2) In the opposite direction of Barleywine is Bouncy House (4.9% abv), our next Short Batch release. A light-bodied, light-colored, quaffable, hoppy American ale brewed with Warrior and Calypso hops in the kettle and Citra and El Dorado in the fermenter for dry-hopping. We'll be packaging Bouncy House in the second week of November with a final release date yet to be determined. There are only 30 barrels of this beer and we want to know what you think once it's out, so hit us up over Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Last but not least, it's not too late to see where the magic has been happening for nearly twenty years at our home on Heritage Avenue in Portsmouth. We're still offering brewery tours on Fridays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at Noon and 2pm. They're free and you can make a reservation online, to make sure you've got a spot on the tour of your choice.