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Featured Organization: Joel and Beth Connolly, A.K.A., “Team Connolly,” will be ran their first in-person Boston Marathon together on October 11, 2021. Team Connolly ran as part of the official charity program through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

As of 2021, Beth had participated in 6 Boston Marathons while Joel’s first was participating on the team for 2020’s virtual Boston. Through their efforts, Team Connolly has raised over $100,000 for cancer research through the Claudia Barr Program at Dana-Farber. They have been part of the Partner and In-Memory programs honoring some of the Jimmy Fund’s most inspiring heroes. Your support fuels their training mileage and gives them heart when their legs get tired.

Featured Beer: El Mozacca was a sessionable, hazy pale ale (4.8% ABV) brewed with El Dorado, Mosaic, and Azacca hops.

Donation: $300

Event: We hosted Beth and Joel in the Tasting Room on September 23rd for the Beer Release, Fundraiser, and Outsmart Cancer Trivia. 100% of the ticket sales were also donated to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge.

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Canada Day Trivia Answers

Thanks to all who came by the brewery on July 1st to help celebrate Canada Day. We all had a blast & we hope you did too! A lot of people participated in Canada Day trivia – as promised, the answers are available via the link below.

The maximum number of points that could be earned was 43. The winner was Josh Abugov with 42 points (there were 4 other answer sheets in the 40’s). Josh will receive a $25 gift certificate for the win!

Canada Day Trivia Sheet Answers

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July Happenings & Updates

Tragically Hopped Release – July means it’s time for the next release of our Double IPA, Tragically Hopped. It will be available on draft in the tasting room on Saturday, July 1st (samples, 10 oz pours, and growlers to go). Cans (16 oz, 4-packs) will be available in the tasting room starting on Thursday, July 6th. It will also be available in stores, restaurants, and bars in NH and CT in the coming weeks.

Tasting Room Updates

  • Extended Friday Hours – For the months of July and August we will be opening our tasting room at 1 p.m.
  • Patio – Starting July 1st, you’ll be able to enjoy a beer on our new outdoor patio. Stop by and check it out!

New Hampshire Brewers Festival – Join us on Saturday, July 22nd in Concord, NH for the 4th Annual New Hampshire Brewers Festival. This “For the Brewers, By the Brewers” festival is a one of a kind event, featuring the largest single collection of New Hampshire’s breweries any where. Visit the festival website for more info, to see the list of 45 breweries attending, and to purchase tickets.

Tasting Room Events

We have a lot of upcoming events in the tasting room. Here are the highlights…

July 6th – Brewed & Acoustic Open Mic Night – Join us in the tasting room from 6-8 p.m. for an evening of original music led by local singer/songwriter Alli Beaudry. Alli will perform some of her own music in addition to the many other aspiring musicians that will take to the mic! We will also have featured artist, Jordan Levesque! Jordan will perform a number of her original songs. Performer sign-ups start at 5:45 p.m.

July 13th – Dolph Hoyt Presents Great North Trivia – Dolph Hoyt Presents will be hosting pub trivia in the tasting room on Thursday, July 13th, 6-8 p.m. Recommended team size is 3-6 people. The winning team will win bragging rights and a Great North Aleworks gift card!

July 20th – Raise a Glass & Cash for NH Angels Walking to Fight Cancer – Join us in the Great North Aleworks Tasting Room from 3:00-7:00 p.m. to support the Team NH Angels Walking to Fight Cancer. We will donate $1 from every flight, pint, growler fill, and 6-pack sold to this great cause!

July 27th – The Great Cribbage Tourney – The Great Cribbage Tourney returns on July 27th from 6-9 p.m. Please sign up before 5:30 p.m. the day of the tournament so we can prepare the brackets. You can sign up in the tasting room (ask for the sign up sheet at the bar), or send us a note on our Contact Us page. There will be a prize for the Champion and the winner of the Second Chance bracket. All skill levels are welcome!

August 26th – Save the Date! – It’s hard to believe we are approaching our 2nd Birthday, so we will once again be throwing a Great North Birthday Bash in the tasting room. More details to come!
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Great North Aleworks is now available in Connecticut!

We’re excited to announce that we recently signed a distribution agreement with Sarene Craft Beer Distributors making our beers available in the Nutmeg State! Cans and kegs of Great North IPA, Tie Dyed, Robust Vanilla Porter, and Chocolate Milk Stout will begin showing up in stores, bars and restaurants throughout the state beginning February 28, 2017.

To celebrate our launch, Rob and Brian will be in Connecticut later this week for some special events:

Please share the great news with your friends and family in Connecticut!

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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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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.

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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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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.



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Introducing SNOBier

SNOB Poster

The 14th annual (SNOB) Film Festival (SNOB = Somewhat North Of Boston) will run from November 12th through 15th at the Red River Theaters in Concord, NH. SNOB is all about independent film, music, and craft beer!

Great North Aleworks is thrilled to be participating this year by brewing the the official beer of the festival – we call it SNOBier!

SNOBier is an amber lager (yes, Great North Aleworks has brewed it’s first lager!) that was designed by John Cataldo, our Quality Control & Assurance Manager – it’s his take on a German-style Festbier. The beer is amber in color and is lightly hopped, resulting in a bready and honey-like flavor that comes from a blend of malts used in the brew.

You’ll be able to find SNOBier throughout on tap throughout NH, as well as in our tasting room.

As of 11/11/15 you’ll be able to find SNObier at the following locations: