As we New Hampshire folk settle into spring and summer months, our tastes change. We look for lighter fare and things that won’t weigh us down as we move about getting chores done and preparing for the few summer months that provide so much joy in our lives. We also appreciate a lighter beer that will go with this lifestyle.
Rockingham Brewing Company is a new 7 barrel nano brewery with one aim in mind: to brew the best beer they know how to keep their customers coming back for more. As a self-distributed brew company they know where they are headed and have definite plans of succeeding. Just barely open a couple of months, Rockingham has already carved a niche with several of its favored offerings, most notably, Belly of the Beast Bacon-Flavored Stout. This will be reviewed in a coming article. But they have at least 4 other notable flavors to savor in 22 oz bottles; Rockingham Ale, Javelina IPA, and Curly’s Gold which is what we will look at today. Located in Derry, NH, their tap room is open almost every day and is definitely worth a trip to talk to these delightful people.
You can find out more about their offerings on www.Facebook.com/Rockingham or at their website rockinghambrewing.com
Curly is a gentle-spirited and mild American wheat beer with supple noted far away hops that will remind you of springtime. Pouring this beer for the first time into a pub mug gave a surprisingly white and frothy head which stayed for quite some time. This bready wheat brew finishes fairly dry and will beg for more sampling as the time passes. The term gold certainly refers to its somewhat hazy cast of golden yellow.
Also as a home brewer, this beer smells slightly like some of the wonderful scents coming from my brew days. It might be the light hop aroma, bready wheat malt or just the desire to taste one more sip of a delicious light brew crafted right here in New Hampshire.
At 5.1% ABV, Curly will be a session beer you can cuddle up with after an afternoon of spring chores. But that shouldn’t prevent you from trying their other awesome flavors.
With the other offerings from Rockingham, you will always find them at Case-n-Keg, 5 Mill St, Meredith. Since Rockingham is so new to beer lovers, not many reviews have been posted on Curly’s Gold. What few are there mark it between 3.7 and 4 out of a score of 5. To this reviewer, Curly is a hit, especially as we head into summer months of hard work and rewarding pleasures! Look for all of Rockingham’s beers at Case-n-Keg.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.