Because uniqueness helps make New Hampshire such a great place to live, we expect that the same concept also apply to brewing beer. There are more than 45 breweries of all different capacities and varieties of taste sensations around our wonderful state. But a unique set of individuals goes it alone in their brewing adventures to take their pride and joy to the people, one bottle at a time. I’m speaking of the owner/brewer/self-distributor of craft beer. These brave and diligent workers truly believe in themselves… for the love of the beer!
Squam Brewing Company is located in Holderness, NH. Owner John Glidden started Squam in 2010 and knows the personal satisfaction of solely producing a fine product. Being a 3 barrel nano brewery, John has full control of his concoctions and is known for his superior consistency. Each of his 12 different beer styles match the season perfectly. They are sold in 22 oz “bomber” bottles with gorgeous labels painted by relative, Deb Samia. You can find out more at their website: http://www.squambrewing.com.
“Moose Ale” is the newest addition to the Squam Brewing line-up and is being well received. But we come to expect greatness from Mr Glidden.
Coming in at 8% ABV, it’s a little bit more than your average brown ale potency. That being said, it is not over-powering and invites you back again and again. In a pint glass, this brew is noticeably brown, but a hint of copper to ruby red shines through. The slightly off-white head fades quicker than most healthy pours but is not a negative quality. Nose senses are semi-sweet and fruity with hints of hops at the end of your first encounter. A medium maltiness lingers along with brown sugar, molasses and peat. If you were to compare it to a Wee Heavy beer style, you wouldn’t be far off.
You will come away from this beer knowing two things: Squam brews great beer, very consistently and that you will want more of this and all of their other offerings.
John self-distributes his creations, which means you will always find it at Case-n-Keg in Meredith and Laconia as well as Golden Pond Country Store in Holderness. Folks on BeerAdvocate.com have rated this beer 3.70 to 4.0 out of a score of 5. Keep ‘em coming Squam Brewing; you are well loved!
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