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Raise a Glass & Cash – Weideman Family Fund

Featured Benefactor: On September 11, 2020, a dear friend of Great North experienced an unimaginable setback. After suffering a life-altering stroke at just 43-years old, Dave Weideman was stripped of basic motor skills and the joys of everyday life.

For Dave, that included craft beer most of all. To read about Dave’s journey and his inspiring road to recovery, click here.

Featured Beer: We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Tank

Donation: $2,208 (this included ticket sales for the Beach Party)

We brewed “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Tank” as a tribute to one of our favorite customers! An American lager – an ode to great, summer classics and friends. To kick everything off, we hosted a Beach Party, Beer Release and Fundraiser on July 23rd, 2021. 100% of proceeds for ticket sales, plus a portion of Bigger Tank beer sales over the following few months were donated to the Weideman Family Fund.

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Raise a Glass & Cash – Manchester Historic Association

Featured Organization: The mission of the Manchester Historic Association is to collect, preserve and share the history of Manchester, New Hampshire.  The Association operates the Millyard Museum and the Research Center, both of which are open to the general public.

Featured Beer: True Brew Lager

Donation: $412.51

We brewed True Brew to be a light, crisp, German-style lager. This limited draft release was available in the Tasting Room during April & May 2021. There is a story behind the name True Brew…

When we sat down with John Clayton, the Executive Director of the Manchester Historic Association, to discuss collaborating on a beer for our charitable community partnership, he immediately had an idea of what to name the beer; a name that has historic significance in Manchester.

Many people are familiar with Frank Jones & his namesake brewery in Portsmouth, but not many are aware that Frank had a brother, True Jones, who opened True W. Jones Brewing Co. in Manchester. It was in operation from 1891 to 1917. True Jones brewed beers such as Granite State Ale, Climax Ale, and Jones’ Lager Beer.

Little, in fact, is known about True Jones. He appears to have followed Frank (and several other siblings) to Portsmouth, from whence he made his way to the state’s largest city, Manchester. There he, in 1891, gained control of the Carney, Lynch & Company brewery. Changing the name to the True W. Jones Brewing Company, he became king of the Manchester brewing scene. But, then again, that was pretty easy: by the 1890s True W. Jones was the only game in town. He was the only brewer in Manchester. True passed away on October 2, 1899, but the brewery that bore his name continued on until New Hampshire went dry in 1917.

Excerpt is from “Beer New England,” by Will Anderson

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Thank you community for your support!

A year ago this past Sunday was the last time we hosted a ‘full house’ in our Tasting Room for our 2020 St. Paddy’s Day Celebration. The Pop Farmers rocked the house, Rob dressed up as a Leprechaun (he still wonders how he agreed to do that), and people were just starting to be a little cautious. ⁠

Just two days later we, along with other breweries, restaurants, and businesses were in shutdown. We all found ways to operate in our new reality. We started curb-side pick-up, take-out, and delivery. You supported us with gusto. ⁠

The reality of shutdown presented challenges to the restaurant and hospitality industry, as well as non-profit organizations. We are big believers in supporting those around us and wanted to do whatever we could to help. We’d like to share the results of two of those efforts, as they would not have been a success without community support.⁠

Before March 2020, we had hosted Red Cross blood drives twice a year. As the shutdown continued, the need for donations were critical, and drive locations were scarce. We began hosting as often as we could. Since March 2020, we have hosted 13 drives, which collected 349 units, and impacted the lives of 1,047 hospital patients. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated.⁠

In April we organized a collaboration beer called Gratuity, donating 100% of proceeds to the New Hampshire Hospitality Employee Relief Fund. With the support of our entire team at Great North, and our friends at Woodstock, Moat, Smuttynose, Great Rhythm, Amoskeag Beverages, Amherst Label, Wyeast Labs, D Coco Studios, and all who purchased the beer, we were able to make a donation of over $10,000 to the fund.⁠

In November, we were honored to receive the Stars of the Industry Live Free and Give Award from the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association. Everyone mentioned above shares a part in that award.⁠

We know we are in the home stretch, but the needs of these organizations continue. We currently have monthly blood drives scheduled through June if you would like to sign up. And donations can still be made to the NHLRA Employee Relief Fund.

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Raise a Glass & Cash – Making Strides

Featured Organization: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Featured Beer: Cranberry Wit

Donation: $175 (in addition to donations and money raised on fundraising night)

Event: Friday, October 23rd – Stacy Matseas Racette of Nashua, NH joined us for a night of fundraising and raffles on behalf of her Making Strides fundraising team. Over the past 20 years, her team, Stacy’s Circle of Friends, has been responsible for raising over $2.5 million for the American Cancer Society. This year, she has raised over $60,000 and is still going!

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Reopening & Delivery Updates

Starting the week of June 15th our Tasting Room and Patio are opening! We have also made changes to our delivery schedule.

Tasting Room & Patio Hours:

  • 3:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday/Friday
  • 1:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday
  • 1:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday

Note: We will no longer be open on Wednesdays.

If you’d like to enjoy a beer in our Tasting Room or Patio reservations are recommended and can be made by calling or texting (603) 858-5789. Please provide your name, phone number, party size, and if you have a preference for patio or inside seating. Reservations will be made for 90 minutes, please let us know in advance if you require a longer or shorter time. We will accommodate customers without reservations if there are tables available.

Customers who are looking to do pick-up and to-go purchases only can stop by anytime during open hours. Online ordering is still available if you would like to preorder.

The Rules:

  • All customers (including those stopping by for to-go purchases) are required to wear a mask or face covering when entering and exiting the Tasting Room or Patio and when getting up to visit the restroom (basically anytime you are not seated at your table).
  • If you are experiencing any of these symptoms: fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, change in sense of taste or smell, flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, or severe fatigue – please stay home.
  • Dogs on a leash are welcome on the patio.
  • Maximum table size is 6 customers in a group (we have a limited number of tables that can seat 6).
  • Our staff will come to you, please do not come to the bar to order (of course unless you are seated at the bar).
  • For the time being, we have packed away all of the games on our game shelf. You are welcome to bring a game with you.
  • We have expanded our patio area into some of the parking spaces. There should still be plenty of parking in our overflow lot, and in front of the brewery. Please do not park in front of the bingo hall.
  • Have fun!

Please bear with us and be patient as we all navigate this new way of operating our business. There will likely be hiccups along the way. We will make necessary adjustments and updates as we learn.

Pick-Up & Delivery Updates:

To Go Ordering: You can still order beer and merch online for pick up at our retail counter, or we can bring it out to your car.

Delivery: We will continue to offer free delivery to your home on orders of $40 or more. Based on current demand, we are altering our delivery schedule to be FRIDAYS ONLY.

Our delivery areas are:

  • Greater Manchester, Hooksett, Goffstown, Londonderry, Derry
  • Greater Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester
  • Greater Concord, Hopkinton, Epsom
  • Greater Nashua, Merrimack, Amherst, Bedford

If you live close to one of these towns and would like a delivery, give us a call and we can likely accommodate!

  1. Visit https://great-north-aleworks.square.site.
  2. Shop for cans, growlers, kegs and merch.
  3. Pay in advance through the website.
  4. On checkout, click the “change” link under Pickup, then select “Delivery”.
  5. Orders received by 10 am on Friday will be delivered. Please ignore the delivery time that the website will show on check out. This is a setting we cannot change at the moment.
  6. The person who’s name is on the order must be present for delivery and have a valid ID.
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Gratuity for the Granite State

New Hampshire breweries Great North Aleworks, Woodstock Inn Brewery, Moat Mountain Brewing Company, Smuttynose Brewing Company and Great Rhythm Brewing Company have collaborated on a new beer in order to support the New Hampshire Hospitality Employee Relief Fund (NHHERF).  

100% of the proceeds from this beer will be donated to the NHHERF so they can continue supporting employees of the hospitality industry who have been impacted by COVID-19.  

The collaboration is a Pale Ale named Gratuity featuring Galaxy, Amarillo and Lemon Drop hops.  

Due to current COVID-19 guidance, an in-person collaboration was off the table. Great North brewed the beer and all five brewers have donated the needed supplies and ingredients. Gratuity will be ready to ship to exclusive distributor Amoskeag Beverages the first week of May 2020 and be available state wide in New Hampshire. The opportunity to say thank you to the hospitality industry who have helped us all build our business is something we cherish.

Cheers to creative thinking, community support and teamwork!

A special thank you as well to Amherst Label, Wyeast Labs and D Coco Studios for their generosity and support in the making of Gratuity.

About the New Hampshire Hospitality Employee Relief Fund

The New Hampshire Hospitality Employee Relief Fund (NHHERF) was built by the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association (NHLRA) and the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association Education Foundation to support employees of the hospitality industry who have been impacted by COVID-19. As the philanthropic foundation of the NHLRA, the New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association Education Foundation enhances the industry’s service to the public through education, promotion of career opportunities, and community engagement.

To learn more/donate: NHHERF.org.

Gratuity is available at the following locations in New Hampshire. List as of 5/21/20, 9:35 a.m.

50 East Derry Rd Convenience
All In One Market
Ayottes Mkt & Smokin Joes Premium Cigars
Barley & Hops Craft Beer and Wine Shoppe
Beer Store (The)
Bert’s Better Beers
Black Bird Market & Deli
Brewtopia
Candia First Stoppe Country Store
Candia Road Convenience
Capital Beverages
Case N Keg Laconia
Case N’ Keg Meredith
City Tobacco & Beverage Center #3
CJ’s Great West Grill
Co-Op Food Store Hanover
Copper Door
Copper Door (Salem)
Country Corner Mile
Country Cow Rest (Covered Bridge Table)
Craft Beer Cellar Nashua
Discount Beverage King
Dowd’s Country Inn & Latham House Tavern
Downtown Discount Beverages
Firefly American Bistro & Bar
Flying Butcher of Amherst (The)
Foods Plus
Gary’s Beverages I
George Calef Fine Foods
Greg and Jane’s Beer and Wine
Hermanos
Hungry Diner (The)
Jakes Market & Deli (Enfield)
Kevins Discount Center
Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe
Leo’s One Stop Market
Littleton Consumer Cooperative (Co-Op)
Londonderry Quick Stop Conv
MDK Discount Beverages Plus Cigarettes
Meriden Deli Mart
Metro Market
Milanos Mini Market
New Harvester Market Inc
Newberry Farms
Packie (The)
Papa Z’s
Prime Butcher of Hampstead
Proctor’s Gen Store
Prost! Specialty Beer & Wine
Reed’s Ferry Market
Renegades Pub North
Route 13 Stateline Convenience
Salem Convenience Store
Salt Hill
SCAS Worthen Inc
Smiley’s Discount Beverage
South Main Quick Stop
Stinson’s Village Store
Sully’s Superette-Goffstown
T-Bones (Salem)
T-Bones & Cactus Jacks of Laconia
T-Bones of Bedford
T-Bones of Derry
T-Bones of Hudson
The City Tobacco and Beverage Center
The City Tobacco and Beverage Center #1
Tuckaway NH
Vista Bev & Market
Wayne’s Market (Woodstock)
Woodstock Inn Brewery

Tasting Room and Delivery Updates

We’re continuing with our beer to go and delivery program out of our Tasting Room.

At this time we do not plan on opening the patio on May 18th. We will continue to evaluate as things evolve. 

New Hours:

To go and pick up sales are now available…

  • 3:00-6:00 p.m. Wed/Thu/Fri
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sat/Sun

To Go Ordering: You can order beer and merch online for pick up at our retail counter, or we can bring it out to your car.

Delivery: We are offering free delivery to your home on orders of $40 or more on Mon/Wed/Fri. Our delivery areas are:

  • Greater Manchester, Hooksett, Goffstown, Londonderry, Derry
  • Greater Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester
  • Greater Concord, Hopkinton, Epsom
  • Greater Nashua, Merrimack, Amherst, Bedford

If you live close to one of these towns and would like a delivery, give us a call and we can likely accommodate!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit https://great-north-aleworks.square.site.
  2. Shop for cans, growlers, kegs and merch.
  3. Pay in advance through the website.
  4. On checkout, click the “change” link under Pickup, then select “Delivery”.
  5. Orders received by 10 am each delivery day will be delivered that day. Orders placed after 10 am will be delivered the next delivery day. Please ignore the delivery time that the website will show on check out. This is a setting we cannot change at the moment.
  6. The person who’s name is on the order must be present for delivery and have a valid ID. 
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To Go & Delivery – Through May 3rd

UPDATED: 4/15/20

Now that we have mostly worked out the kinks for online ordering, to go, and deliveries, we plan to repeat the same schedule for the remainder of April through May 3rd.

To Go Ordering: You can order beer and merch online for pick up at our retail counter, or we can bring it out to your car.

We will be open for to go and pick up sales:

  • 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wed/Thu/Fri
  • 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sat/Sun

Delivery:  We are offering free delivery to your home on orders of $40 or more on Mon/Wed/Fri. Our delivery areas are:

  • Greater Manchester, Hooksett, Goffstown, Londonderry, Derry
  • Greater Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester
  • Greater Concord, Hopkinton, Epsom
  • Greater Nashua, Merrimack, Bedford

If you live close to one of these towns and would like a delivery, give us a call and we can likely accommodate!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit https://great-north-aleworks.square.site.
  2. Shop for cans, growlers, kegs and merch.
  3. Pay in advance through the website.
  4. On checkout, click the “change” link under Pickup, then select “Delivery”.
  5. Orders received by 10 am each delivery day will be delivered that day. Orders placed after 10 am will be delivered the next delivery day. Please ignore the delivery time that the website will show on check out. This is a setting we cannot change at the moment.
  6. The person who’s name is on the order must be present for delivery and have a valid ID. 

Here is a current list of what we have available in cans, growler fills, and kegs as of 4/30/20.

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Delivery Schedule for week of March 29th – April 4th

We are expanding delivery to three days a week: Monday, March 30th, Wednesday, April 1st and Friday, April 3rd. Order online by 10 am each delivery day for free delivery to your door, all while supporting the New Hampshire Food Bank!

We are now offering free delivery to your home on orders of $40 or more! Our delivery areas are: 

  • Greater Manchester, Hooksett, Goffstown, Londonderry, Derry
  • Greater Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester
  • Greater Concord, Hopkinton, Epsom
  • Greater Nashua, Merrimack, Bedford 

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit https://great-north-aleworks.square.site.
  2. Shop for cans, growlers, kegs and merch.
  3. Pay in advance through the website.
  4. Select “Delivery” as the fulfillment type.
  5. Orders received by 10 am each delivery day will be delivered that day. Orders placed after 10 am will be delivered the next delivery day. Please ignore the delivery time that the website will show on check out. This is a setting we cannot change at the moment.
  6. The person who’s name is on the order must be present for delivery and have a valid ID. 

And the best part of all, we will donate $1 for every 4-pack, 6-pack or growler you purchase to our friends and neighbors at the New Hampshire Food Bank! 

This is still a new process for us, so please be patient. Thank you!

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Great North…To Go & Delivery!

UPDATE: Now accepting delivery orders until 12-noon on Friday, March 27th for delivery on Friday, March 27th.

We have some updates for this week! Online ordering is now available for pick-up at the brewery or free delivery all while supporting the New Hampshire Food Bank! 

To Go Ordering: You can order beer & merch online, and you can pick it up at our retail counter, or we can bring it out to your car. You can order here and select “Pick-up” as the fulfillment type.

We will be open the same hours as last week – 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wed/Thu/Fri and 1:00-4:00 p.m. Sat/Sun.

Delivery: We are now offering pre-paid pick-up at our brewery and free delivery to your home on orders of $40 or more! Our delivery areas are:

  • Greater Manchester, Hooksett, Goffstown, Londonderry, Derry
  • Greater Portsmouth, Dover, Rochester
  • Greater Concord, Hopkinton, Epsom
  • Greater Nashua, Merrimack, Bedford

Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit https://great-north-aleworks.square.site.
  2. Shop for cans, growlers, kegs and merch.
  3. Pay in advance through the website.
  4. Select “Delivery” as the fulfillment type.
  5. We will accept orders starting now through 7 a.m. Friday, March 27th.
  6. All deliveries will be made on Friday, March 27th. We plan to begin deliveries at 9 a.m. and have all deliveries completed by 7 p.m. Please ignore the delivery time that the website will show on check out. This is a setting we cannot change at the moment – the deliveries will be on Friday, March 27th between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. only for this week.
  7. The person who’s name is on the order must be present for delivery and have a valid ID.

In short, you can now pre-pay and pick-up at the brewery and we are accepting orders now through 7 a.m. on Friday, March 27th for delivery. The only delivery day this week will be on Friday, March 27th. There is no delivery fee. We just ask for a minimum order of $40. Total includes anything available including all beer and merch. 

And the best part of all, we will donate $1 for every 4-pack, 6-pack or growler you purchase to our friends and neighbors at the New Hampshire Food Bank! 

This is a new process for us, so please be patient. 

Here is a current list of what we have available in cans, growler fills, and kegs as of 3/26/20.