Fly Like An Eagle

 

Nestled in the alleyways of Portsmouth you’ll find Earth Eagle Brewery. I’ve been coming to this place for a couple years now and every time I tell someone I’m going here, I’m met with the “What?” “Where”? though this brewery is smack in the middle of downtown. I call it my Portsmouth Hidden Gem.

I love this brewery for many reasons and the diversity of beers on tap is my #1 reason. I’ve been here before when I’ve found brews made of actual meat, which was actually quite tasty if I do say so myself. I’ll usually find the most unique beers on tap here as well as perfected “normal” beers.

I find myself coming back for more and more Chiefy Leroux. It’s a very light, smooth beer that I could sit here drinking beer after beer. While much of the other beers on tap are gruits and different types of ales, the Chiefy Leroux is the love of my life.

Other than the Chiefy Leroux, the sextuplets of beer flights I had, provided a great deal of fruitful flavor. The Lionthorne was my favorite of the gruits filled with berries, dandelions, and Labrador tea. It’s fruity but not to the point where it’s too sweet that it makes it too much to drink a lot of. I’ve also held the belief that tea is very healthy, therefore, this beer fits right in with my diet, right?

The other two gruits, Ambrosia Gruit and Quadrasourus provide a more earthy and sour taste, respectively. Naturally me as the dinosaur nerd flocks toward anything with a saurus on the end. But even though I was already biased with the name, the beer was a mild sour beer with Juniper berries, motherwort, speedwell, and gentian root..yes, I have no idea what any of that is either but it’s so good. The other two ales, Amarillo Dancer and the Phoenix Brown provide a balanced taste to the sample as most beers are more fruity or light. I didn’t get a chance to try the last beer, MIA but I can only imagine what the hint of vanilla will do with the porter.

The second half of the menu showcases different breweries such a Smuttynose and Rising Tide. Breweries that section out a portion of their menu for other breweries is what I love about local breweries: collaboration and support. I love seeing other breweries feature other breweries on their menus. Craft beer is about collaboration and community, not competition. That’s also why I love Portsmouth as well. They’re based on the same idea of collaboration vs competition.  Watching business/breweries collaborate and support each other is inspiring.

If you find yourself in downtown Portsmouth and looking for something different, pop in for a draft, some of their eye-bulging nachos, or bring a growler home to share. I promise you, it is so worth it.

 

About

Earth Eagle Brewing
165 High Street
Portsmouth, NH

Open: Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
             Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. – midnight

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Liar, Liar

Imagine hanging out with your closest friends from college in your friend’s garage. That’s Liars Bench Beer Company. Kick back with a beer, play some fooseball or get an intense game of corn hole going.

Liars Bench, which opened two weeks ago, features four beers on tap for tasting or fill up a growler to head home with. Right now there are four beers on tap: John Grady Kolsch, The Bitter Lad, The Little Carl Cottontail, and Shy Baby.

The crowd favorite seems to be the John Grady Kolsch. If you’re looking for a lighter beer with a touch of German hops then my man Mr. Grady is your go-to. The Bitter Lad, which Liars dubs as the “New English” beer offers more of a hoppy and bitter taste, hence the name. The Little Carl Cottontail offers a hoppier, fruity taste of citrus while the Shy Baby, the Grisette, is for the dark Saison fan. I’m more of a lighter beer fan, but I found myself downing my sample of Shy Baby.

The atmosphere is very laid back with sounds of Indie radio blaring through the speakers. On a nice day, the garage doors open to allow a patio-bar feel. Tucked away in Portsmouth’s West End, the brewery provides a nice break from the crazy, tourist-filled downtown. It’s also convenient that my friends live right across the street making it an easier stumble home. It was just the break my friends and I needed from the crowded Market Square Day on Saturday.

I’m looking forward to seeing this brewery expand into more drafts, distribution, and rumors of having a food menu eventually. This is definitely one of my new favorite places in Portsmouth.

About
Liars Bench Beer Company
459 Islington St.
Portsmouth, NH
Open: Wednesday-Thursday 12 p.m.- 8 p.m.
             Saturday- Sunday 12 p.m.- 10 p.m.

About B Givs Brews

Here goes nothing. After a long hiatus from the writing world I have decided to get back into what I love. The thought of it was somewhat scary to me but it’s like Gronk spiking a football after a long drive. You forgot how good it feels to succeed and reaching that goal after running from ten 250 pound men. Okay, maybe not that last part.

Here’s a little about me before we get to the fun, interesting things. I’m a 26 year old Seacoast transplant trying to enjoy everything that this area has to offer. One of the biggest changes that I’ve noticed between the Seacoast and my home in Rhode Island, is the explosion of craft beer. After moving up here, I’ve become obsessed with all of these different places and beers. I figure if I’m going to write about anything, it might as well be something that I am passionate about and something that I spend most of my days doing.

Coming from Rhode Island, their idea of “beer” is a cold Narragansett. Don’t get me wrong, I love a Del’s Shandy more than anyone but there’s more to the art of beer than ‘Gansetts. My idea of the perfect day is heading out to a new brewery and trying everything there is to offer and see what makes different breweries have their own identity. Some people are “foodies,” I guess i’m a “brewie?” We’ll work on that title more.

 

So here I go jumping back into the writing world drinking, and most of the time drunk. Maybe someone will read it, maybe not but who cares. It’s about doing what you love and if you inspire people along the way it’s a great bonus. Cheers!