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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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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:

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Cranberry Wit is now available!


Cranberry Wit is now on tap at our tasting room for samplers and growlers. It will make it’s way to bars and restaurants throughout New Hampshire in the coming weeks. This draft only seasonal release is a new twist on an old favorite. We started by brewing up a classic Belgian-style witbier with coriander and orange peel, to which we added juicy cranberries. The result is a lively, refreshing beer with a slight tart finish.

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Distribution has started…


First canning run

It certainly has been a very busy past few months here at Great North Aleworks. Things really started happening back in May when the construction crew came in to dig up the warehouse floor in order to install the drains and sloped floor. Since that time, we have been busy getting all of the brewing equipment in place, plumbed in, and up & running.

Things really started brewing (literally!) in July & we canned and kegged our first beers late in August.

Truck Loading

Kegs & cans ready to be shipped

We are happy to report that our distribution partner for New Hampshire, Amoskeag Beverages, picked up the first order of beer last week! Cans and kegs of IPA, RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter), and Smokin’, as well as kegs of Thai Dyed became available for purchase by all NH retailers on August 31st. If you don’t see our beers at your favorite store, restaurant, or bar, ask for it! Check back here on our Locate Our Beer page as we will update with locations as soon as we know about them.