The Hippo


Jul 24, 2019








The Henniker Brewing Co. Kickoff to Summer event. Courtesy photo.

Henniker Brewing Co. Kickoff to Summer event 

Where: Henniker Brewing Co., 129 Centervale Road, Henniker
When: Saturday, June 11, from noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission. Beer tours are $5

Summer meets sour
Henniker Brewing Co. debuts seasonal sour ale

By Angie Sykeny

 Henniker Brewing Co. is venturing into new territory with this year’s summer seasonal brew. Sour Flower, a dry-hopped sour ale, will make its New Hampshire debut at the brewery’s third annual Kickoff to Summer on Saturday, June 11.

“There’s not too many locally brewed sours available for distribution in New Hampshire,” Marketing Director Ryan Maiola said, “but it’s a style we’re intrigued by and something we’ve been interested in brewing for a while, so we thought the summer seasonal would be a good format for it.”
Sour Flower is 5.7 percent ABV and blends chinook, simcoe and mosaic hops with notes of pine, mango and citrus, creating a balance of tropical and sour fruit flavors.
“You get kind of a lemony tart flavor up front, then hops on the back end,” Maiola said. “It’s light and refreshing and good for summertime.”
The brewery is making two batches of Sour Flower, which will be available across New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine, on draft at select bars and restaurants and in 22-ounce bottles at select independent craft beer stores.
The bottle’s bright, colorful label features a painted image of a purple lilac, the New Hampshire state flower.
Visitors can sample the Sour Flower as part of a beer flight at the summer kickoff for $5. Other brews in the flight include the brewery’s four year-rounders: Hop Slinger, an India pale ale; Amber Ambition, an American amber ale; Working Man’s Porter, an English style dark ale; and the newest of the set, Miles and Miles, a dry-hopped pale ale that premiered last New Year’s Eve. 
Gentleman Farmer, released in April as the newest brew in the Off the Grid Series, will also be featured; it’s a Belgian-style ale brewed with American and New Zealand Hops.
Free brewery tours with the head brewer will be offered every half-hour to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process.
Local food vendors will also be at the event, including Boogalows Island BBQ, White Mountain Kettle Corn, MM Good Ice Cream Truck, Sonnys Dover and more. Some feature products that incorporate Henniker Brewing Co. brews; for example, Blackwater Mustard Co. makes Working Man’s Mustard, a specialty mustard made with Working Man’s Porter, and Deer Meadow Homestead makes a beer bread and jellies with the brewery’s year-round beers.
The family-friendly and pet-friendly event will also have games, activities and performances by local musicians including Troubadour East, Keith Sanders Trio, Bob Millard and others throughout the day. Limited seating will be available, but people are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs if they plan to hang out and enjoy the music.
“We like to get New Hampshire businesses and people involved whenever we can,” Maiola said. “You can listen to local music, try locally made food. It’s really a celebration of the community and everything local.”
Though Sour Flower will be officially released at the summer kickoff, it actually makes its first appearance at the BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational, happening Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston,. Henniker Brewing will be one of over 70 microbrewers featured in the curated lineup. Their year-round brews and Gentleman Farmer will join Sour Flower at the tasting.
“It’s hard to stand out in the craft beer market, but [Sour Flower] is something that we think will differentiate our brewery,” Maiola said. “We’ve been … talking with bars and beer connoisseurs, and they’re all looking forward to drinking a New Hampshire-produced sour ale, so we think it’ll do well.”

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