(Pipe) Dream Team

When you think about finding your Pipe Dream, Londonderry isn’t usually your first thought. But hidden in back of the airport, you’ll find a wave of gnarly brews.

Pipe Dream Brewing has quickly become one of my new favorite breweries, though I wish I lived closer to it (Though it did’t stop me from going back to back days)! Keeping with that laid back surfer vibe, this place makes you just want to stay all day. The outside area has a couple picnic tables, ladderball, and of course, cornhole. And the best part, it’s extremely dog friendly. If lawn games aren’t your thing (but really, who doesn’t love them?), there’s shuffleboard and pinball inside. If you time it right, there’ll also be some live music playing.

Accompanied with fun throwback surfer and motorcycle cartoons, Pipe Dream has some great named beers that just so happen to taste great too. The Naked 3 Sum IPA was a darker IPA with a melon and pine taste. It was a pretty good IPA. The Hue Heffy was definitely my favorite of the bunch as it was light, hazy and very refreshing with the classic banana and clove taste with a little extra sweetness. The Bombshell Brown, though I’m not much of a dark beer person, had great caramel flavoring with a little bite with it. Β The Rip Curl Saison was also a solid beer with a light, citrus and melon taste with just enough spice.

I can’t wait to go back already as they have so many different, juicier IPAs in their rotation and that’s my weakness. Aside from the beers, you have to check out their food. I got the loaded nachos and they were incredible. Topped with chicken, guac, salsa, cheese and more. I didn’t get a chance to try the pizza but if it tastes anything like it looked…

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Pipe Dream Brewing
49 Harvey Rd
Londonderry, NH

Hours
Wednesday-Saturday 12 p.m.- 8p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m.- 5p.m.

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Bunker Down

 

Located in the back of an industrial park, hides one of Portland’s hidden treasures, Bunker Brewing Co. The second I pulled up to the brewery, I was in love. The brewery is very open with picnic tables outside, a food truck, and more tables inside.

Inside, the brewery has a rustic feel and Bob Marley vinyls playing away. There’s also a section on the side where you can play cornhole and ping pong.

The best beer had to be Salad Daze. As the name suggests, it’s a session lager packed with citrus as it’s hopped with Citra. The perfect beer to quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Machine was the perfect example of a Czech Lager with traditional spicey, earthy notes. Cypher, the Hoppy Lager, had a very interesting taste with a different piney taste. Finally, the Rockerz IPA had everything that I love in a beer (hops, grapefruit and Mosaic hops). It’s a darker IPA but still very drinkable.

Props to my new bartender friend for drinking her beers from a dino sippy cup. You and your dog are the real MVP. Everyone there is beyond nice and the kind of people you want to hang out at the bar and talk to.

Just a couple minutes from Bissell Brothers, this may become our new second stop every time we visit. One thing they have on Bissell is they allow dogs, which Bissell just stopped. I still need to get my dog petting fix. Yes, I’m a dog creeper.

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Bunker Brewing Co.
17 Westfield St Unit D
Portland, ME

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Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 12p.m.-9p.m.
Friday-Saturday 12p.m.-10p.m.
Sunday 11a.m.-8p.m.

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House of the Rising Tide

Just outside the busy Old Port, Rising Tide Brewing is like a parking lot party in the summer. There are live bands playing, corn hole, dogs everywhere, a food truck, and of course, beer. By the crowds of people, you could tell that this was the place to be.

Soundings, which is their experimental IPA series, featured the Ales for ALS this visit and it was amazing! Packed with strawberry, coconut, and papaya flavor, this was an IPA combination that was new to me. Not only was the flavor out of this world, but also benefited ALS research. Helping the world like a beer drinking super hero. Printemps, the American Warehouse Ale, was also a favorite of mine as it was a saison packed with citrus and green tea. That makes it healthy, right? Two of Rising Tide’s staple beers, Zephyr and Daymark rounded out a perfect flight. Zephyr was an IPA with apple and pear flavoring which hinted more on a heavier IPA. Daymark, finally, was more on the floral side. Floral Pale Ales aren’t normally my thing but this one was pretty good and light.

The vibe of the brewery is very chill and is a great place to spend the afternoon with friends. Whether it’s just to grab a beer before heading to the Old Port or spend the day listening to the bands and playing games. I can’t wait to visit again on a less busy day to take a tour of the brewery and get to know a little more about the beer and brewery but what I saw so far was enough to bring me back.

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Rising Tide Brewing
103 Fox St
Portland, ME

Hours
Monday-Saturday 12p.m.-7p.m.
Sunday 12p.m.-5p.m.

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This is the (Great) Rhythm of the Night

There’s no beer that I love more in life that a nice Juice Bomb. Juice Bombs, commonly referred to as New England-style IPAs have been bursting onto the craft beer scene and becoming some of the most sought after beers. Perfected by Trillium, Bissell Brothers, and more, these juice bombs are exactly what they sound like, hazy IPAs packed with fruit flavors. AKA my second most need on a summer day. The first being a sunscreen to save the Irish, but no one’s perfected that yet.

Great Rhythm in my backyard of Portsmouth, NH prides itself on making a number of New England-style IPAs and have quickly become a favorite of New England beer drinkers.

If you want a variety of types of beers, Great Rhythm may not be for you, but if you love IPAs, it’s worth a stop. Squeeze, hopped with Mosaic, is a melon flavored IPA with a strong after taste. I’m not the biggest fan of melon but it’s pretty good. Sticky, the heaviest in my opinion, Β has more of an earthy, orange taste. Tropical Haze, as the name suggests, is packed of citrusy flavors such as passionfruit and guava but doesn’t quite hit the haze part. Still a great, drinkable beer and would definitely have a couple again. Hi-Fi had the taste of a DIPA but was only equal to a IPA, which was very deceiving but citrus and earthy notes combine for a solid beer. Finally, I had been mostly Β looking forward to trying out the West End IPA and it lived up to the hype. This IPA was very hazy and very drinkable, again with citrus flavor.

With the recent upset of Portsmouth’s most beloved restaurants departing (cough, my Coat of Arms and Blue Mermaid), the West End Β is taking advantage and becoming the up and coming spot. Great Rhythm is at the center of all of it. Overlooking the river, the outside is a great spot to grab some beers and enjoy Portsmouth. Plus, the tourists are confined to downtown so it’s a nice break. As an IPA lover, this place is very solid but I’d like to see what else they can do. I like to see breweries experiment with different types of beers. Show me what ya got Great Rhythm.Β 

Make sure to add Great Rhythm to your Portsmouth beer adventure or if you’re sick of waiting in the miles of traffic headed to “Vacation Land” up north. They make excellent road sodas (as a passenger, of course).

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Great Rhythm
105 Bartlett St
Portsmouth. NH

Hours
Wednesday-Thursday 12p.m.-6p.m.
Friday-Saturday 12p.m.-8p.m.

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