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NH brewing from Sea to Summit

Brian Aldrich and Mike Meredith
NH Beer Book

Craft Beer connoisseurs Brian Aldrich and Michael Meredith have teamed up to take readers on a journey across the New Hampshire craft beer landscape. In their newly released book, New Hampshire Beer: Brewing from Sea to Summit, the authors take us around the Granite State to the many wonderful breweries, beer stores, brewpubs, and other beer places where craft beer sojourners can experience the world of New Hampshire craft beer.

Here is the book's description:

In 1859, the legendary Frank Jones Brewery was founded in Portsmouth, paving the way for the booming craft beer scene of today. The surge of budding breweries is bringing exciting styles and flavors to thirsty local palates and neighborhood bars from the White Mountains to the seacoast. Join beer scholars and adventurers Brian Aldrich and Michael Meredith as they explore all of the tastes New Hampshire beer has to offer. They've scoured the taps at Martha's Exchange, peeked around the brew house at Smuttynose and gotten personal with the brewers behind Flying Goose and Moat Mountain. Discover, pint for pint, the craft and trade of the state's unique breweries, from the up-and-comers like Earth Eagle and Schilling to old stalwarts like Elm City and Portsmouth Brewery.

In addition to writing, Aldrich and Meredith are two of the hosts of the popular Seacoast Beverage Lab podcast which airs weekly. Listeners can tune in to the broadcast to catch up on the latest Seacoast craft beer news.

Aldrich will be showcasing the book and talking about the New Hampshire craft beer culture at a book signing at Craft Beer Cellar Nashua on Tuesday June 24 at 6 PM. The formal release of the book is happening at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth where Aldrich works as a craft beer specialist. That event is scheduled for Thursday June 26th from 6-9 PM. Both events are taking place during New Hampshire Craft Beer Week, which runs from June 21 to June 28. There are craft beer events happening throughout the state.

The craft beer industry is growing rapidly in New Hampshire and around the country. Governor Hassan recently told a big crowd at the opening of a local craft brewery in Merrimack that the craft beer industry is very important to the New Hampshire economy and it feeds the tourism and manufacturing industries. Craft beer is good for New Hampshire.

Aldrich and Meredith have done a nice job putting this craft beer guidebook together. The book will help consumers find great craft beer and great craft beer places in New Hampshire. Their efforts should help an already growing local industry grow even more.

The book will be available at the book signings, at independent booksellers, and also on

Kevin Kervick is an owner operator of Craft Beer Cellar Nashua with his wife Karen and son Brian.

This writer has done a series of television interviews about beer culture and beer community with local entrepreneurs. You can find videos of those shows here.

The working title for Kevin's upcoming book is, Discovering Possibility: The Revolution for Virtue and Common Sense. Kevin offers common sense community building coaching to grass roots groups around the country that are interested in pursuing common sense approaches to community building.

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