HOMETOWN DOUBLE BROWN – Henniker Brewing Co.


Well it seems there are quite a few breweries in New Hampshire… 48 and counting! But there are only a few that are capturing this reviewer’s attention. One of those is Henniker Brewing Company in the one-and-only Henniker, NH. This is the second article in as many reviews exclaiming their brewing virtues and the sixth for them since we started reviewing. And this beer is perfect for the season! Read on…

Henniker Brewing Company is located in Henniker, NH. Founded in 2011, HBC has captured the attention of craft beer lovers in the NH beer scene with their 15 barrel capacity. But they had bigger plans and today are a 30 barrel brew house exclusively sold in NH and distributed widely throughout the state in 22 oz bottles, growlers (half gallon bottles) and kegs for restaurants and taverns.

Visit their website at http://www.hennikerbrewing.com

“Hometown Double Brown” is yet another taste sensation from Henniker. The maltiness of this treat will have you guessing exactly what’s going on. This is a robust brown ale with loads of mouthfeel and bready goodness. In a pint glass, your nose will pick up slightly sweet roasted grains, many coffee notes or possibly a molasses presence. A creamy light tan head and moderate glass lacing last through most of your experience.

Deep brown in color, this 7.0% ABV beer hides its headiness well, as it also does with the hop character coming in at 55 IBUs. It is only late in your sampling that the hop profile begins to appear and thus never is overstated. It is a beautifully balance hearty beer for when the chilly nights begin in fall.

Hometown has garnered an impressive 90 from the Bros on BeerAdvocate.com and many other contributors agree with ratings of 3.5 to 4.25 out of a 5 rating scale. Over at RateBeer.com, you can get a little more sophisticated in your rating systems with separate ratings for Aroma, Appearance, Taste, Palate and Overall. Their overall was 84 for this brew. All I know is that it was a delight and very drinkable…

Before you know it, this one will time-out so go fetch yourself 2 or more of these. You’ll find this one available at Case-n-Keg in Meredith and Laconia. And remember, locating and enjoying a really remarkable beer doesn’t come around too often!

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 wickedbrews@weirs.com