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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.

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.
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Great North…To Go!

NOTE: Listing of available beers at the bottom of this post has been updated as of 3/19 6:05 PM.

With the Governor’s order that all NH restaurants and bars close, our Tasting Room will be open for to-go service only until the order is lifted.

The hours for this coming week are below. We will re-evaluate as we go and determine what our hours will be after that.

 – WED, 3/18 4-7 PM
 – THU, 3/19 4-7 PM
 – FRI, 3/20 4-7 PM
 – SAT, 3/21 1-4 PM
 – SUN, 3/22 1-4 PM  

Beer available to go will be cans, growler fills, and kegs. Please feel free to call ahead (603) 858-5789 and we will get your order ready (beer list and pricing are at the bottom of this post). Calling ahead especially for growler fills or kegs, will definitely speed up the process and eliminate wait time. If you call and get our voicemail, please leave a clear message with your name, phone number, order, and expected pick-up time. We’ll do our best to be ready for you. 

During this time, we will not be filling non-branded growlers (for example stainless steel, ceramic, GrowlerWerks, etc.). If customers come in with one of these for a fill, we will offer you a new Great North glass growler at no charge. All customer owned Great North Aleworks branded growlers will be swapped for a new one. 

Since normal Tasting Room events are not possible at this time, we will be doing a ‘to-go’ version of our Raise a Glass & Cash fundraiser. During the weeks that we are operating in a to-go manner, we will donate $1 for every 4-pack, 6-pack, and growler fill to our friends and neighbors at the New Hampshire Food Bank.

We will be regularly sanitizing high traffic areas (front door handles, cooler handle, retail counter, and point of sale touch screen).

As always, we appreciate the support of all of our customers, your support of other breweries, bars, restaurants, and retail stores. 

Here is a current list of what we have available in cans, growler fills, and kegs:

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Great North Aleworks partners with Nappi Distributors to send its award winning beers to Maine

Manchester, NH • December 20, 2019—Great North Aleworks is excited to announce a partnership with Nappi Distributors to expand its distribution to the state of Maine. 

Starting in November 2019, Great North will ship year-round favorites Moose Juice IPA, Tie Dyed (Dry-Hopped Pale Ale) and RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter) in 16 oz canned four-packs and draft. Special Releases such as Chocolate Milk Stout and Hazy Rotation (a series of rotating New England IPAs) will also be available throughout the year.  

“Bringing Great North beers to Maine has been a goal of ours since Day 1. Lisa and I both started our professional careers in Maine in the mid-late 90s and have always appreciated its beer scene; we are thrilled to finally be a part of it.” said Rob North.

Great North Aleworks is near the completion of a year-long expansion project that included increased fermentation capacity, a centrifuge, a 1300 square foot drive-in cooler, and 2.5 barrel pilot system.

“Nappi Distributors is excited to begin this partnership with Great North Aleworks. Their unique portfolio, including Moose Juice IPA, is a natural fit for the state of Maine. Rob and his team are making some of the best beer in New England and we’re pleased to welcome them to the Nappi family.” said Ben Royal Craft Brand Manager for Nappi Distributors.

To kick things off, Nappi and Great North will be at the famed Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine for a launch event on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 4-6 p.m.

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Jim Koch visits Great North

Mike, Jim and Rob at Great North in 2019

In October 2019 we had a special guest stop by the brewery. Samuel Adams Founder and Chairman Jim Koch was in Manchester and made some time during his busy schedule to check in on his old friends Rob, Lisa, and Mike.

Back in 2010 our Founder Rob North won the Samuel Adams Patriot Homebrew Competition. This gave him the opportunity to brew his award winning beer at the Sam Adams brewery in Boston and have it served on tap at Gillette Stadium for the 2010 New England Patriots season. That beer would later evolve into one of our original releases, a smoked ale called Smokin’. Not long after Jim visited Manchester to film a TV pilot and was a guest at Rob and Lisa’s home where they homebrewed together in the North’s driveway.

The year before that in 2009 our Lead Brewer Mike Robinson won the Samuel Adams LongShot homebrew competition with his Old Ale recipe. Mike’s beer was part of a 6-pack that was distributed nationally. He traveled with Jim to the Great American Beer Fest and spent time with him judging future LongShot competitions.

Now both Rob and Mike are professional brewers! So it was a full circle moment hosting Jim and showing him around our brewery and sharing our beers over stories old and new.

Thank you to Jim and Samuel Adams for always supporting homebrewing and independent brewers!