Kettlehead Returns To The Hop Yard

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The Kettlehead crew made a journey to The Hop Yard in Gorham, Maine last Thursday. This was our second trip to gather fresh hops and tour the farm with Terry. This time we were on a mission to gather Centennial Hops for another round of Harvest Ale .

The Hop Yard is a 7th generation piece of family farmland. In years past it was used for hay and livestock. Their onsite processing facility also serves to harvest, dry, bale, and store hops before they are ready for palletization. Every fall we plan on gathering at least 100lbs of wet hops for our harvest ale during peak harvesting season. A big thanks to Terry and Ryan for showing us around the Incredible Hop Yard, we’re looking forward to sharing our second Harvest Ale with all of you!

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Rock Out With Your Hops Out

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A few Weeks ago Zack Derby and Jim Whedon were here helping us brew a special beer! Join us this Thursday with 104.9 The Hawk as we celebrate the 96th annual Laconia Motorcycle Week and 15 years of The Hawk as Bike Week’s official radio station. We’ll be releasing Rock Out With Your Hops Out DIPA, and Zack will be here broadcasting LIVE from 10am-12pm (doors open at 11:00 for the can release).

Osteria Poggio in Center Harbor, NH will be the only other location serving this DIPA on tap, so if your hanging by the lake, visit them for a brew and delicious local Italian Dining.

Rock Out With Your Hops Out DIPA Can Release

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Summer Fun

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Summer is almost officially here in The Lakes Region of NH. We couldn’t be more excited about the addition of our beautiful patio area, including garage window opening to the game room. Sit inside and feel the breeze while you sip your beer, or hang outside on the Patio. We even have a few Adirondack chairs for ultimate relaxation.

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Our draught selection is always changing with a variety of styles to satisfy every craft beer lover. The kitchen is constantly creating unique and flavorful dishes that pair especially well with our hoppy beers.

If you find yourself heading north this summer, make sure to stop in and enjoy all we have to offer. Including live music every Thursday night at 5, Brunch on the first Sunday every month with live music, and other exciting events happening here and in the Tilton, NH community.

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Check out these before pictures!

See you Soon! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram. Visit Kettlehead Brewing for daily can updates, draught list and events, cheers!

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More Room For Fun At Kettlehead

After our first busy summer in the lakes region of NH, we have been working towards updating and expanding our space to create a unique brewery experience for everyone to enjoy. Some improvements over the last few months include…

  • Solar panels to save on energy costs.

  • Parking lot redesigned for more spaces and repaved entrance ways.

  • Patio area will be open out front next spring.

  • Recycling & biodegradable to-go boxes.

  • New heating & cooling system

  • Game Room!

Kettlehead is turning 1 on November 1st. We can’t believe it’s already been a year. To celebrate, we’ll be opening our game room and releasing a very special anniversary beer. Stay tuned for more details about the game room and the beer!

A special THANK YOU to the following companies who have helped us create a special place for craft beer lovers to enjoy.

A Visit To The Hop Yard

The Kettlehead crew made a journey to The Hop Yard in Gorham, Maine yesterday. We were on a mission to gather Cascade Hops for the Harvest Ale we brewed today. The Hop Yard is a 7th generation piece of family farmland. In years past it was used for hay and livestock. Their onsite processing facility also serves to harvest, dry, bale, and store hops before they are ready for palletization. Every fall we plan on gathering at least 100lbs of wet hops for our harvest ale during peak harvesting season. A big thanks to Terry for showing us around the Incredible Hop Yard, we’re looking forward to sharing our Harvest Ale with all of you!

Cascade Hops. citrus, grapefruit

Alpha Acid: 5.5%
Beta Acid: 5.6%
Total Oil: 0.9mL/100g

Often considered the most popular variety in craft brewing due to it’s versatility, Cascade has in some ways become synonymous with the nose of American style IPAs.

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The Return of Local Blue

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Local Blue is a blueberry wheat ale that first made its appearance when we opened our doors back in the fall of 2017. With the return of blueberry season here in NH, brewers Sam and Nate were looking forward to brewing up a batch of this refreshing favorite. 

We visited some local farms, including Surowiec farm and Krebs farm in Sanbornton, NH. After Nates son Porter waited patiently for the blueberries to ripen, he told all his buddies at nature camp that he would be busy picking blueberries for dads beer!

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This aromatic wheat ale with fresh, local NH blueberries is blue/violet in color. Its light and refreshing. The fermentation process is almost complete and we look forward to pouring Local Blue in the taproom at Kettlehead starting late next week.

Tap Takeover At Laconia Local Eatery

On April 24th, the Kettlehead crew headed over to Laconia Local eatery with 6 kegs of beer to be paired with 6 courses of incredible dishes being prepared by Kevin Halligan & Kaylon Sweets of Local Eatery and our very own Dan Tozier. The chefs came up with dishes that complimented the flavors in each style of beer. The dinner was served in two separate seatings. Nate and Sam talked about the characters of each beer while Kaylon talked about each dish before they were served. We all enjoyed the experience of sharing stories about our beer while watching how much fun people were having tasting the amazing creations from the Local Kitchen. We cant wait for more events with the Local crew!

When considering what beer to pair with certain flavors, its great to keep in mind that hop bitterness, malt and carbonation are great for balancing sweetness, richness and Umami flavors. Beers with sweetness and maltiness are great for balancing spice and acidity. And hop bitterness emphasizes spice.

Here are the 6 courses, and some other fun photos from the Tap Takeover....

1st Course. Pineapple Gose.    Jerk chicken, puffy taco, pineapple jicama slaw, pineapple hot sauce

1st Course. Pineapple Gose.

Jerk chicken, puffy taco, pineapple jicama slaw, pineapple hot sauce

2nd Course. Soul Hop    Crispy pork belly and walnut ball, lime fluid gel, coconut reduction, chili brown sugar dust

2nd Course. Soul Hop

Crispy pork belly and walnut ball, lime fluid gel, coconut reduction, chili brown sugar dust

3rd Course. Forester Pass    Crispy chicken liver, waffle, malted bleu cheese and spinach crumbles, maple foam

3rd Course. Forester Pass

Crispy chicken liver, waffle, malted bleu cheese and spinach crumbles, maple foam

4th Course. Local Hooligan Gnocchi, honey gouda sauce, mushrooms

4th Course. Local Hooligan
Gnocchi, honey gouda sauce, mushrooms

5th Course. Nunchuck Ping Pong DIPA    Tempeh corndog, citrus apricot ketchup, whole grain mustard, onion rings, sweet potato radish slaw

5th Course. Nunchuck Ping Pong DIPA

Tempeh corndog, citrus apricot ketchup, whole grain mustard, onion rings, sweet potato radish slaw

6th Course. Java The Nut  German chocolate ice cream sandwich, java the nut ice cream

6th Course. Java The Nut

German chocolate ice cream sandwich, java the nut ice cream

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April 2017 Brew News

The Kettlehead Crew wants to thank everyone who has been following us on Facebook and continues to "Like" our beer and construction progress pics! We appreciate your interest in our craft beer and look forward to the day we finally get to serve Tilton, NH some amazing brews. 

We started a blog so that our loyal fans can stay informed in the coming months on all the progress happening at the brewery and when we hope to open. 

Home brew system

Home brew system

Sam Morrissette and Nate Wolfenden have recently started small test batches on their pilot system in Tilton. This is the equipment they have been using for home brewing. We are currently pending approval of our brewing licenses from both federal and state Government.  Once all permits are acquired, we will be allowed to make full use of our 7 barrel brew house. In the mean time there is plenty of work to be done cleaning up the equipment, ordering parts, brewing test batches, preparing the kitchen, and planning a menu.

Bill Coulter has been leading the way with all construction needs. He's helping us to design and build a relaxed, social, fun environment where people can come to enjoy hand crafted beer and delicious food. 

Caily Wolfenden will be bringing her culinary creations to the Kettlehead Kitchen. She's working on connecting with local farms and designing a small menu featuring our beer and food grown right in New Hampshire & New England.

The bar is coming along nicely! Repurposed barn board and zinc top bar. 

The bar is coming along nicely! Repurposed barn board and zinc top bar. 

We want to thank our family, friends and future customers for all the support and help during this construction and planning phase. 

When the next phase of brewing begins in our 7 barrel system, we will be sure to keep you informed and let everyone know a possible opening day. Until then, we'll be piecing together the details to make Kettlehead Brewing Co. your go to spot for local craft beer!

Sam, Bill, Nate & Caily

 

Organizing and cleaning up our barrels and kegs. Photograph by Drew Hines  https://www.hinesightimagery.com/blog/2017/2/19/brewing-company-comes-to-tilton-nh

Organizing and cleaning up our barrels and kegs. Photograph by Drew Hines https://www.hinesightimagery.com/blog/2017/2/19/brewing-company-comes-to-tilton-nh

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Sunshine Cider

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Nate and Porter enjoying a picnic at Kettlehead