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Where to find Tragically Hopped

UPDATED LIST, Friday, Jan 20th. We promised to let folks know where Tragically Hopped cans would be available for purchase. The list below is of stores who have received, or will receive delivery as of Friday. There are still some stores who will get deliveries next week. Cheers!



3 Brothers Marketplace -Exeter
Ayottes Market – Hudson
Barley & Hops – Milford
Beer Store – Nashua
Bert’s Better Beers – Hooksett
Beverage King – West Lebanon
Brewtopia – Keene
Candia Road Convenience – Manchester
Case N Keg – Laconia
Case N’ Keg – Meredith
Chase St Market – Plymouth
City Tobacco and Beverage Center – Seabrook
Concord Co-Op – Concord
Craft Beer Cellar – Nashua
Downtown Discount Beverages – Dover
Emma’s Market and Deli – Charlestown
Epsom Circle Store – Epsom
Flying Butcher – Amherst
Gary’s Beverages – Portsmouth
Greg and Jane’s – Epping
Harvest Market – Bedford
Heritage Corner Market – Northwood
Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe – Londonderry
Lebanon Co-Op – Lebanon
Leo’s One Stop Market – Claremont
Littleton Co-Op – Littleton
Lobster Q – Hampstead
Londonderry Quick Stop – Londonderry
Lucia’s Bodega – Windham
Discount Beverages – Conway
Monadnock Food Co-Op – Keene
Prime Butcher – Hampstead
Prost! – North Hampton
River Hill Market – Penacook
Route 13 Stateline Convenience – Brookline
Smoke N Barley – Tilton
Tuckaway – Raymond
Un Dun – West Lebanon
Vista Country Store – North Conway
Walpole Grocery – Walpole
Wayne’s Market – Woodstock

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Great North Aleworks IPA Wins Second Award

Manchester, NH • November 15, 2016—Great North Aleworks claimed a bronze medal at the 20th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition, held on November 4, 2016, in Providence, Rhode Island. This is the second medal Great North Aleworks IPA has been awarded this year, having won a silver award in the American-Style India Pale Ale category at the World Beer Cup held this past May in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Our IPA has quickly become our flagship beer, so it is very rewarding to see it do so well in international competitions like the Great International Beer & Cider Competition and the World Beer Cup. There are so many great IPA’s brewed thought the world, and we are thrilled that our’s has received such recognition”, said Rob North, founder and brewer at Great North Aleworks.

This year the Great International Beer & Cider Competition had 814 entries from breweries and cideries across the U.S. and from around the world. Beers and ciders were judged in a blind tasting format by 130 professional brewers, beer industry professionals and beer journalists. First, second and third place awards were presented in 58 categories of ales, lagers and ciders. The judges knew only the style and subcategory of each beer and cider.

Great North Aleworks is a 20-barrel production brewery located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Founded in August 2015 by award winning homebrewers Rob and Lisa North, Great North specializes in brewing flavorful, food friendly beers, with a fanatical devotion to quality.

Great North’s beers are available in cans and kegs throughout New Hampshire thanks to a distribution partnership with Amoskeag Beverages. Year round offerings include: IPA (India Pale Ale), RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter), and Tie Dyed (Dry-Hopped Pale Ale). Other seasonal, special releases, and collaborations are available throughout the year.

Great North Aleworks has a tasting room located at their brewery where guests can take a tour, have a growler filled, sample beers, and enjoy a pint.

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Alt Rock Beer launch party!

Alt_Rock_Beer_promo_photo_3049_webWe’re throwing a launch party for our next special release that we call “Alt Rock Beer”. It’s a collaboration between Great North Aleworks and the Rock On Foundation to help promote their summer Rock On Fest*. Stop by the Great North Aleworks tasting room on Thursday, July 21st and be among the first to taste this new draft only beer. We’ll have it available by the sampler, pint, and growler.

Alt Rock Beer is a copper colored, German style ale brewed with classic Hallertauer hops and Pilsner malt. It’s fermented at cooler temperatures resulting in a clean, smooth beer that is well balanced. Alt Rock Beer is sessionable, yet satisfying, and comes in at 4.8% abv.

Not only are we releasing a new beer, but it’s also our next “Raise a Glass & Cash” fundraiser night . We’ll be donating $1 for every pint, flight, growler fill, and 6-pack sold to who else but the Rock On Foundation. If that’s not enough, we’ll also have our first ever live music in the tasting room with a performance from Badfellows.

The tasting room will open at 3 p.m. as usual, but the party will officially begin at 6 p.m. We’ll be staying open an hour later till 8 p.m. Tell your friends and get down to the brewery, because this is going to be a great time!

Can’t make it to the launch party but want to try the beer? No problem! It will be available in our tasting room by the sampler, pint, or grower for a couple of weeks. You’ll also find it on tap at bars and restaurants around the greater Concord area and beyond. We’ll keep a list of places here.

*Rock On Fest is a free event held at White Park in Concord on Saturday, August 13th that includes music, yoga in the park, high school hoops, family fun, local vendors and fireworks. The music line-up includes Born Ruffians, Saintseneca, Jason Anderson, Dirty Bangs, The Snaz and Skinny Bones. Come one, come all!

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Great North Aleworks Wins Award at World Beer Cup


Manchester, NH • May 12, 2016—Great North Aleworks claimed a silver award in the 2016 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.

Gold, silver and bronze awards in the competition’s 96 beer-style categories were presented May 6, 2016 during the World Beer Cup award ceremony at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Great North Aleworks was awarded a silver award in the American-Style India Pale Ale category for its IPA, a balanced yet complex beer that is bright and juicy. There were 275 entries in the American-Style India Pale Ale category, the largest category in the entire competition. Great North Aleworks is a 20-barrel production brewery located in Manchester, NH, USA that specializes in flavorful, food friendly beers, with a fanatical devotion to quality.

“To have won a medal in the most competitive category in the most competitive competition in the world is truly incredible. As an 8-month old brewery, this award is a testament to our hard working team who put quality first and strive to make the best beer possible,” said Rob North, owner and brewer at Great North Aleworks.

World Beer Cup winners were selected by an international panel of 253 beer judges from 31 countries. Regarded as the “Olympics of Beer Competition,” the World Beer Cup saw an impressive field of 6,596 entries from 1,907 breweries in 55 countries.

Presented by the Brewers Association, the World Beer Cup has been held every other year since 1996, to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. For more additional information, visit the World Beer Cup website.

About Great North Aleworks

Great North Aleworks is a 20-barrel production brewery located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Founded in August 2015 by award winning homebrewers Rob and Lisa North, Great North specializes in brewing flavorful, food friendly beers, with a fanatical devotion to quality. 

Great North’s beers are available in cans and kegs throughout New Hampshire thanks to a distribution partnership with Amoskeag Beverages. Year round offerings include: IPA (India Pale Ale), RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter), and Smokin’ (Smoked Ale/Rauchbier). Seasonal beers include: Tie Dyed (Summer Ale), Cranberry Wit and Chocolate Milk Stout. Other special releases and collaborations are available throughout the year. 

Great North Aleworks has a tasting room located at their brewery where guests can take a tour, have a growler filled, sample beers, and enjoy a pint.


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Great North Variety Packs

It was an exciting day in the brewery today. All hands were on deck to fill our first Great North Aleworks Variety Packs. Each 12-pack contains 3 cans each of IPA, RVP, Smokin’, and our summer seasonal Tie Dyed (once fall rolls around you’ll see Cranberry Wit, and then in winter Chocolate Milk Stout).

Variety Pack Packing Boxes













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Leaping into March!


We hope everyone enjoyed the extra day in February this year and are looking forward to March, the arrival of Spring, and Daylight Savings. Just a few updates from us as we start out the month…


March 4th – Firkin Friday

Our past few cask tappings were made possible with the generous loan of a pin (5.4 gallon cask) from Rob at The Coat of Arms in Portsmouth. While that cask is back with its owner (thanks again Rob!), we now have our very own firkins (10.8 gallon cask) and will be tapping one this Friday at 3:00 pm sharp. For this release, we decided to have some fun with our IPA, dry hopping it directly in the cask with 3 new U.S. hop varieties – Cashmere, Triple Pearl, and Tahoma – along with a healthy dose of sweet orange peel. This special cask of IPA will be available in the tasting room by 4 oz sample and pints (sorry, no growler fills). How long it will last is anyone’s guess!


St. Patrick’s Day

It may not be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll have $1 off pints in the tasting room. It’s a Thursday, so we will be open our regular hours, 3:00-7:00 pm. Sláinte!


NHCraftBeerWeekNew Hampshire Craft Beer Week

Mark your calendars, April 2nd-10th will be New Hampshire Craft Beer Week! Breweries across the state will be planning events and releases in celebration of New Hampshire’s dynamic, delicious craft beer. We are currently working out the details of what Great North Aleworks will do to celebrate, so stay tuned!

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From Manchester with Love…


February is already upon us, and with that brings a few updates from Great North Aleworks. If you’d like to hear about a new release this week, tasting room hours for Superbowl Sunday, cask updates, Ice Fest, and a delicious five course beer dinner, then read on…

Special Releases

We have a couple special releases planned in the next couple of weeks at our tasting room…

RyanFriday, February 5th – Moher Hops

We’ll be unveiling the first Great North beer designed and brewed by our Assistant Brewer, Ryan Moher. “Moher Hops” (get it?) is a big American IPA clocking in at 7.65% ABV. Using a blend of both old-school (Cascade) and new-school (Citra and Simcoe) hops, Ryan created a delicious, aromatic, and sneaky smooth IPA. This batch was brewed on the SBS (a.k.a “small brew system”) so we have a limited amount that will be available in the tasting room in 4 oz samples and pints only. Come in for a taste and let us know what you think!

Ryan_John_caskFriday, February 12th – Cask Tapping

Thanks to everyone who came out for our first cask tapping on Jan 22nd. We were humbled to see the cask of Chocolate Milk Stout with cold brewed coffee from Wayfarer Coffee Roasters disappear in less than 2 hours! We had such a fun time that we decided to fill the cask again. This time we started with RP-no-V (that’s what we call RVP without the vanilla) and aged it on rye whiskey oak. We’ll be tapping this cask on Friday, Feb 11th at 3:00 pm, and once it’s gone, it’s gone!

footballSuperbowl Sunday

For your game day needs, the tasting room will be open from 1:00 – 5:00 on Sunday, February 7th. Come on by and relax a little before the game & get a growler fill or 6 pack to go!

Beveridge Craft BeerBeveridege Ice Fest

Great North Aleworks is thrilled to be participating in the 2nd Annual Beveridge Ice Fest on February 13th from Noon to 3:00 in support of End 68 Hours of Hunger. Ryan and Joseph will be out on the ice pouring our brews along with 36 other breweries. Swing by our table and grab one of our beanies for the special price of $10 and keep your head warm. Buy your tickets for the fest here.

Click to enlarge menu.

Click to enlarge menu.

Five-course Beer Dinner

Join us at the Thirsty Moose in Dover on March 2nd for A Smoky Winter’s Night Beer Dinner. The chef has put together a menu that is sure to make your mouth water.

  • Smoked Lamb Chops with Green-Goddess Sauce paired with Amber Lager
  • Smoked Salmon Salad with Ginger Dressing paired with Smokin’
  • Smoked Pork Chops with an Apricot-Citrus Chutney paired with IPA
  • Blackberry BBQ Beef Tournados with a Jicama Slaw paired with Chocolate Milk Stout
  • Old Fashioned Donut with a Vanilla Porter Glaze paired with RVP

Call or visit the Thirsty Moose in Dover to get your tickets (603) 842-5229.

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Happy New Year!!!

Mt. Garfield, Photo Credit: Joseph Getts

Mt. Garfield, Photo Credit: Joseph Getts

We hope that everyone enjoyed a happy and safe holiday season. Just a couple of quick updates…

GNA_beers_ChocoMilkStoutChocolate Milk Stout

Many of you stopped by our tasting room in November and December to vote in the Chocolate Stout-Off to help us choose the winning recipe for our official release. Well, the winning recipe has been brewed and it tastes great! Chocolate Milk Stout is now available in our tasting room by the sample glass, pint, growler, and keg. You’ll also start to find it on tap at restaurants and bars throughout New Hampshire.

In addition, we prepared a very limited quantity of Nitro Chocolate Milk Stout kegs. The nitro makes for a super smooth and creamy body, plus who doesn’t like to watch a cascading pint of beer! At the tasting room we have the Nitro version available by the sample glass or pint, as well as the carbonated version best suited for growler fills.

JosephRaise a Glass & Cash!

Join us in the tasting room on Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. to help raise funds for local non-profits, charities, and fundraising efforts. For every pint, flight, growler, and 6-pack sold, we will donate $1 to a selected cause.

If you are involved with a non-profit, charity, or fundraising effort that is looking to raise funds, contact us at

Please note that while we will review all requests, we may not be able to accommodate all.

wayfarerSpecial Release cask tapping this Friday!

We’ll be tapping our first cask this Friday, January 22nd, at 3:00 p.m at the tasting room. We’ve pumped up our Chocolate Milk Stout with some amazing cold brewed coffee roasted by our friends at Wayfarer Coffee Roasters in Laconia – think Mocha Java Milk Stout! We’ll be serving this special release in sample glasses and pints only (sorry, no growlers), and when it’s gone, it’s gone!


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Holiday Gift Ideas from the Retail Store

Looking for gift ideas for the beer lover in your life, or something a little extra special for a holiday Yankee Swap? Come check out our retail store, we have lots of items to choose from! T-shirts, long sleeve thermals, caps, glassware, tap handles, hoodies , winter hats, and more…

We are not currently accepting orders through our website, but if you can’t make it to the brewery and would like to order something, send us an email through our Contact Page and we will try our best to accommodate.

Growler Totes:

Growler BagGrowler Totes

We have sturdy Growler Totes, locally made by the Urban Quilter out of our grain bags. They are perfect for carrying growlers back and forth from home to the brewery. One of these would make a great gift for someone who already has a growler, or make it a gift set by adding an empty growler with a Great North Aleworks gift card good for a growler fill.

Gift Cards:

Gift CardSpeaking of Gift Cards, we have snazzy looking gift cards available. They can be created for any dollar amount, and they never expire. Gift cards can be redeemed in the brewery tasting room for samples, flights, food, growler fills, six packs, kegs, or for any of the merch available in the retail store.



In addition to the t-shirts (men’s crew neck, ladies crew neck, ladies v-neck) and caps that we have had in the store, we have some brand new items that will help keep you warm as winter approaches. We have long-sleeve unisex thermals, men’s zip hoodies, ladies zip hoodies, and winter beanies (though some of us call these toques!).

Beanies Mens Charcoal Back Womens Graphite Front Maroon HeavyMetal

Gunther’s Goodies:

Gunther's GoodiesDon’t forget your 4-legged friends! We have a fresh stock of Gunther’s Goodies dog treats that are made using our spent grain. In addition to the grain, these treats are made with peanut butter, flour, and eggs. Gunther’s Goodies are available in two sizes at the brewery – Regular (package of 4) & Mini (package of 20).




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Thanksgiving Week Happenings

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from the Great North Aleworks team. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for at the brewery this year. It was just a year ago that we secured the lease on our space – and a lot of exciting things have happened since then. Thanks to all of you who have enjoyed our beers and have helped to spread the good word. We have a lot going on this week…

Thanksgiving Week Tasting Room Hours:

We have extended hours this week on Wednesday & Friday, and will be closed on Thursday:

  • Wed, Nov 25th – Noon – 7:00 pm
  • Thurs, Nov 26th – Closed
  • Fri, Nov 27th – Noon – 7:00 pm
  • Sat, Nov 28th – Noon – 5:00 pm
If you are planning on stopping by for a growler fill on Wednesday (and don’t have time to hang out), send us an email at with your name, growler size (32 or 64 oz), and the specific liquid (IPA, RVP, Smokin’, Cranberry Wit, Amber Lager), we will do our best to have it ready for you when you come by.


Chocolate Stout-off:

Chocolate Stout-offFolks are eagerly awaiting the release of our winter seasonal Chocolate Stout. We have brewed four small pilot batches, and need to decide on the final recipe. This is where you come in! We would like give folks a chance to taste the pilot batches and let us know which is your favorite. We’ll be staggering the “stout-off” over the next three weeks, so stop by the tasting room for a complimentary sample. The schedule for taste-off will be:

  •    Week 1 – Nov 27th & 28th – Batch 1 & Batch 2
  •    Week 2 – Dec 4th & 5th – Batch 3 & Batch 4
  •    Week 3 – Dec 11th 12th – Pick between the winners of Week 1 & Week 2

The winning recipe from Week 3 will be brewed and released around the first of the year. As with all of our seasonals this year, Chocolate Stout will be a draft only release. Growlers will be available at our tasting room.

Black Friday Sale:

Black Friday SaleStop by the tasting room on Friday, November 27th to take advantage of our Black Friday Sale.

We’ll be offering 15% off purchases of all merchandise in our retail store and beer to go (growlers, 6-packs, and kegs).

Note, discount does not apply to keg deposits or purchase of gift cards.