Black (IPA) Friday

While most of the country was heading out for Black Friday shopping, I decided to do something a little less crazy, day drinking. Tributary Brewery has been one of my favorite places around the Seacoast for some time now. The people, the beer, and the atmosphere are the reasons I always come back for more. Every time I come, I feel that community vibe. Families gather for birthdays or just an afternoon out. Since the brewery is BYOF (meaning you can pick up Kittery’s finest foods to have at the brewery), it’s a great place for an indoor picnic, but better, because there’s endless beer. Be sure also to check out the website for live music at the brewery.

Even if you don’t know anything about Tributary, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of their Mott the Lesser beer. Whenever this beer’s released, people camp out and line the streets. With a 10.5 ABV, this Russian Imperial Stout is strong for a reason. It’s aged in apple brandy, port, Mount Gay rum, scotch oak barrels then blended. This way, this beer gets aged and flavored in many different flavors. The apple brandy is definitely the stand out flavor though.

Moving slightly lighter, the Black IPA is a smooth, dark IPA with a tiny bite, but not the strong bite you’re expecting. The tameness of this beer makes it more drinkable than other dark beers. The Winter Saison is coppery-colored, fruit aroma farmhouse ale with a hint of pepper. This beer was definitely full of flavor. Finally was the Pale Ale with a crisp, refreshing taste with a variety of hop tastes.

Whether you’re spending the day hitting the Kittery outlets or taking a trip across the bridge from Portsmouth, do yourself a favor and hit up Tributary Brewery. If you want to treat yourself a little more, pick up my favorite, Loco Coco’s, on the way. Also remember that today is Small Business Saturday which is a great reason to get out and support your local brewery.

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Tributary Brewery
10 Shapleigh Rd
Kittery, ME

Hours
Wednesday-Saturday 12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

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Live Free and Drink 603

After a brief hiatus while cruising the Caribbean, having a sweet affair with rum, it’s time to get back to my true love. What better way to jump back in than hitting up the brewery that embodies everything New Hampshire,  603 Brewery, which has been on my brewery bucket list for some time now.

When you first enter the brewery, you’re given a placemat and tray where you write the five beers you’d like to sample. When your tray arrives, it’s filled with a full course of beers, spicy cheddar popcorn, and a keepsake pint; pretty much a beer happy meal. More breweries should take notes of this as it is by far the best flight setup I’ve seen.

When I first saw the tap list, I was so excited to see a Mosaic, which is one of my favorite beers. This saison was one of, if not the absolute, best I’ve ever had. The aroma and the crisp mosaic hops taste is pure perfection. The White Peaks IPA, named for the White Mountains, was a light, refreshing brew with hints of citrus. The NH Ale was the all-American beer, which any type of beer drinker would enjoy. The Cogway IPA had a good balance of hoppiness and citrus. Finally was the NE IPA which was made with German yeast and hints of melon and citrus.

The only disappointing thing about my visit to 603, was not getting to meet Mitzy, the rescued brewery cat. If I ever had my own brewery, my cat Batman, who resembles Mitzy, would definitely be king of the brewery. I was also very jealous of the group of people at the table next to us who were engaged in an intense battle of Cards Against Humanity.

I will definitely be planning to visit 603 again soon as it is now one of my favorite breweries in New Hampshire.

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603 Brewery
12 Liberty Drive
Londonderry, NH

Hours
Thursday-Friday 4p.m.-8p.m.
Saturday 12p.m.-8p.m.

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