smuttynose brewery hampton, new hampshire
Clubs of America | Jul 13, 2016
Founded in 1994, this company is named for Smuttynose Island, the third largest of the nine islands that form the Isles of Shoals, a small, rugged archipelago that lies seven miles off the craggy New Hampshire coast. The name Smuttynose appears on nautical charts from the seventeenth century, but its origins have been lost to time.
Over the centuries, the Isles of Shoals have been home to pirates and poets, ghosts and fishermen. In the 1870’s, the island itself was the scene of a notorious double axe murder. Today, it is peaceful and desolate, a windswept haven for harbor seals and seagulls.
Smuttynose itself has transitioned. It was first Northampton Brewery, founded in 1987, now the oldest brewpub in New England. In 1991 it became Portsmouth Brewery, New Hampshire’s first brewpub. In 1993, Smuttynose encompassed both these breweries, as well as the former Frank Jones Brewing Company.
For more than two decades, the mission at Smuttynose has remained simple: brew the best beer they can in a way they can be proud of. That includes honoring New England’s rich beermaking history, respecting the environment and playing an active community role.
They value creativity and quality, authenticity and sustainability, but at the end of the day, it really boils down to making great beers to be enjoyed with family and friends. Your favorite Beer of the Month Club hopes you love drinking Smuttynose beers as much as they love brewing them!
Baltic Porter is big and bold, with flavors of coffee, dark fruit and raisins. This black beer is smooth as a chocolate swirl! It scored an impressive 100, named the #3 Baltic Porter in the World, at Ratebeer.com; Scored a 95 “World Class”, from BeerAdvocate.com.
Vunderbar Pilsner (meaning “Wonderful Pilsner”) is an elegant, refreshing brew, made using authentic traditional German Pilsner malt and spicy Czech Saaz hops. It’ll get your leiderhosen in motion!
Featured Beer from Smuttynose Brewery: Baltic Porter & Vunderbar Pilsner
BALTIC PORTER — Smuttynose’s Baltic Porter: Dark in color and robust, top-fermented porters are excellent with fresh raw oysters, shellfish, Porterhouse steak, and both chocolate and creamy fruit desserts. Indigenous to northern Europe, Baltic Porters stem from the shipping of British porters to the Russian hinterland. Unlike their British cousins, Baltic Porters like this one from Smuttynose, are often brewed with lager yeast.
PILSNER —Smuttynose’s Vunderbar Pilsner: The most imitated style, Pilsner was the first commercially-made lager, known for its pale light golden color, clean taste, and full, round, malt flavor. This well-balanced, bottom fermented, authentic German pilsner has both feet grounded in tradition. Serve liberally and frequently with your favorites.