Looking at the horizon of New Hampshire breweries, it seems endless. Almost every week or so, a new one is added to the list. Still behind Vermont in numbers, we are steadily gaining and each one has its uniqueness and style to offer. So, today we look at our friends at Rockingham.
Rockingham Brewing Company, a little over one year old, is a 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. They know where they are headed and have definite plans of succeeding. Rockingham has already carved a niche with several of its offerings, most notably, Belly of the Beast Bacon-Flavored Stout. But they have at least 8 other notable flavors to savor in 22 oz bottles. They are Rockingham Ale, Javelina IPA, Curly’s Gold, Cloven Hoof, Belgian Dubbel (limited), Three Little Pigs Belgian Tripel, Winter Wonderham (seasonal) and Remy’s Rye 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 may even be lucky enough to try a taproom-only beer which is always possible. Find out more about their offerings on www.Facebook.com/Rockingham or at their website https://rockinghambrewing.com/
Remy is a gorgeous brew, finely crafted to not only taste good but look inviting. With its orange-copper color, slightest haze, and generous khaki head, this beer beckons you. Aromas of sweetness from the rye malt take the lead and some hint of hops follow willingly. With medium body, more malt and rye tartness are presented with the first encounter. The late hop notes leave a message with your tastebuds that you are not satisfied with just one sip here. You’ll know this is an IPA from the bittering by the hop design, but it is definitely a double with the malt-forward presence. Lacing of the remaining head stayed through the pint.
At 9% ABV, Remy is a clear winner and checks each box for color, flavor, malt character and bittering. Since this is a newer beer, very few folks have remarked on it, but those who did gave it 4+ out of 5 on BeerAdvocate.com and my recommendation is to try this one for yourself.
Find them at Case-n-Keg in Meredith and Laconia as well as other fine beer providers. Great job Rockingham; you have another prize piglet!
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