November 3, 2013
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Upper Valley NH Brew Pubs : Travelers on I-89 have two great options for food and local beer (ADAM JACKSON, New Hampshire Magazine)
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 3, 2013 9:41 AMSeven Barrel BreweryIn West Lebanon, where I-89 and I-91 meet, there's a brewery that was founded 19 years ago by craft beer pioneer, Greg Noonan, called Seven Barrel Brewery. The name is derived from the size of each batch of beer that's brewed by their current brewmaster, Tony Lubold, who previously brewed at the now out-of-business Catamount Brewery in Vermont. With over 50 unique beers and five year-round standards, any beer lover is guaranteed to find something on tap to quench his or her thirst.The Seven Barrel Brewery doesn't bottle any beer but you can get 64-ounce reusable growlers to go and a pint of beer is $4.50. The Red #7 Amber Ale is the top seller but regular patrons each have their favorite of the year-round ales and lagers brewed here. A new addition to this brewery is its "Conan the Destroyer" series of big beers that are generally high ABV, move malty and pack a palate punch above the standard brews. The Conan Double Red is intense with a huge lingering malt profile that is not easily forgotten.While the food can be considered standard compared to most restaurants, it is far better than food served at other local brewpubs. The burger was juicy and well made and paired very well with the ESB and Oatmeal Stout. The brewmaster at Seven Barrel was clear on his brewing mantra, which is to brew consistently high quality beers that people love. [...]Flying Goose Brew Pub & GrillThere aren't many breweries that grow their own hops, but the Flying Goose in New London has hop vines reaching 15 feet into the air. The hops then go into batches of beer, which are served just a few yards from where hops were originally harvested. This small brewpub also offsets half of their energy costs with the use of solar panels. It's always great to see breweries that make the most of the land and what Mother Nature has to offer - you can taste this care and attention to detail in their diverse lineup of beers.The location couldn't be better. Anyone heading north on I-89 will pass New London on the way to Dartmouth College. After exiting, it's a mile before you reach the brewery. They take a family-friendly approach where patrons can choose to sit in a quiet restaurant with sweeping views of the mountains nearby, or in an area where the bar is pouring hand-made beers.