Yesterday the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill allowing the sale of specialty beer in New Hampshire. As a spokesperson from Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth explained to me, until now breweries were unable to brew or distribute in N.H. beers containing either over 6 percent alcohol, or spice and fruit ingredients. This forced the brewery to outsource jobs to nearby states, and incurred significant extra costs. Although “it’s not a light-switch,” the spokesperson explained, Red Hook plans to bring operations back to N.H. as they strategize for the future.
This is good timing for American Craft Beer Week! And if you’re a history buff, keep your eyes open for Red Hook’s historic ale recipe, created through a partnership with Exeter’s Independence Museum.