by Jim MacMillan
Weirs Times Contributing Writer
We are turning into Europe, especially Germany, during the 1980’s and 90’s. That is to say that if you traveled throughout Europe back then, you would have realized that our growing love for craft beer is driving us to be more like our beer brethren in Britain, Germany, and Belgium. And that is a great thing to happen for New Hampshire’s craft brewing industry.
We now continue the series of how individual brewers are making a difference in the craft beer scene in our state. New Hampshire is leading many of the states in this Union with its zeal… for the love of the beer!
Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, NH is a startup by two ladies who shared a common purpose; brew great beer! Together since 2010, Annette and Nicole have kept the lights on late creating new recipes and brewing inventive combinations that lead to making their business a success. You can learn more about their brewing passion at www.ThrowbackBrewery.com and especially about their many creative efforts in their beer creations.
“Dippity Do” American Brown Ale is darker than you would think for a brown ale… almost black in color. Reminds me of a porter or stout. The initial pour into a well-rounded glass leaves an off-white thin head but great lacing on the glass that lasts throughout the experience. Never sweet, this beer has the mindset of a stout and boasts more IBU (International Bittering Units) than the 36 it is rated at.
At 5.7% ABV, this brown ale is rewarding but arduous. It is conflicted with its final direction. Will it be sweet; not really. Will it be bitter; not tremendously. But it does entertain your pallet with its nuttiness and potent flavor notes. Smokiness is realized from the first sip. But balance of bitterness and maltiness is a plus for this brew.
Overall, this beer has high merit and is for those discerning a new experience in brown ales. Will you return to Throwback for another brew experience? I would say that they are worth a re-visit to a few of their other choices, especially the Fat Alberta seasonal.
These gals self-distributes their creations, which means you will always find it at Case-n-Keg, 5 Mill St, Meredith. Many on BeerAdvocate.com have rated this beer 3.50+ to 4.75 out of a score of 5. Officially, they rate this at 86 out of 100. Throwback Brewing is a brewery to watch as they grow and develop new styles which will always be rewarding!
Jim MacMillan is the owner of WonByOne Design of Meredith, NH, and is an avid imbiber of craft brews and a home brewer as well. Send him your recommendations and brew news to email@example.com.
The Wicked Brew Review is sponsored by Case N’ Keg of Meredith, NH, where they stock over 3000 different flavors of seasonal and year round beers and have a huge walk-in beer cave! They also sell a variety of hard ciders, meads and your favorite wines. They stock a large supply of premium cigars, homebrewing supplies, grains, beer and wine kits as well as everything you will need to create your own beer or wine. Visit them at 5 Mill Street in Meredith, www.Case-n-Keg.com or their Facebook page.