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The team at From The Barrel Brewing. Courtesy photo.




One-year anniversary celebration

When: Saturday, July 11, noon to 6 p.m.
Where: From the Barrel Brewing, 15 Londonderry Road No. 9, Londonderry
See: drinkftb.com
Free admission
 
Six-year anniversary celebration
When: Saturday, July 11, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: White Birch Brewing, 1339 Hooksett Road, Hooksett
See: whitebirchbrewing.com
Free admission. Tours $10 (Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH).




Happy birthday, breweries
Local breweries celebrate in July

07/09/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Two New Hampshire breweries will say cheers to another year on Saturday, July 11, with anniversary celebrations. 

This time last summer, From The Barrel Brewing went from homebrewing experiment to nanobrewery, bringing a selection of hoppy and darker beers to the state’s craft beer scene.
“Because we’re so small we’re able to have a lot on tap at one time, seven or eight at a time,” Distribution and Marketing Manager Jon Anderson said. 
To mark its first year of brewing, From The Barrel will host an afternoon event with hotdogs, hamburgers and a few new brews.
“We have a porter, and we are going to do a bourbon barrel aged version of it and we’re also doing a coffee version of it, getting coffee from a local coffee shop in Derry, The Grind,” he said. “Because everyone likes the hoppy beers, we’re doing a special anniversary double IPA.”
A Russian imperial stout, which is a bit stronger than a regular stout, should be ready just in time for the celebration as well.
During their soft opening last year, From The Barrel sold out in four hours, causing the brewery to close for a month in order to get a bigger system. While they still come close to selling out most weekends, Anderson said, they’re happy with the amount they’re able to produce and the brewery-focused area they’ve settled in.
Kelsen Brewing and 603 Brewery are both nearby, as is Moonlight Meadery, making the Londonderry area a hotspot for drinks lovers.
“When we came into town we had three small breweries. … It’s kinda turning into this destination type thing,” Anderson said.
Looking forward, From The Barrel wants to expand awareness of its beers into more local craft beer stores and get its name out into the seacoast region. 
“Our goal now is obviously keep up with the tasting room and we definitely want to be more steady and expand our distribution market,” he said.
Another birthday brewery bash on July 11 will be held at White Birch Brewing for its six-year celebration.
“Every year we’re still in business is another year to celebrate,” founder and brewer Bill Herlicka said. “A little older, a little wiser, a little bigger and hopefully better.” 
A new draw for this year’s celebration is pulled pork, brisket and sides made by Can U Smell My Pits BBQ pitmasters. They’ll set up on Friday evening and get right to preparing for the next day’s celebration.
“To me, this is what I’d want as a customer,” Herlicka said. “[Ages] 21 and over can come in and sample beer, [eat] some pulled pork and brisket.”
Every year, Herlicka comes up with a special beer to debut at the event. This year it’s Anniversary 6 DDH DIPA, a double hop, double dry IPA. 
“It’s a crazy amount of hops,” he said. 
Also on tap will be small batch watermelon wheat, blueberry berliner and hop session ales.
To come up with the anniversary special, Herlicka draws from a few inspirations.
“I think about the beers I’ve made for the year and what got people really excited and what I’d have fun doing and then I put it all together and decide what to make from there,” he said. “That’s the fun of craft beer and owning a brewery.” 
 
As seen in the July 9, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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