Barley Mom again with her take on a recent adventure. In June, Barley Dad and I took a needed get-a-way to New Hampshire. We stopped for an early [snack] (some of us older folk are early people) at the 7 Barrel Brewery in West Lebanon, NH. Shout out to the Floor Manager Mel. Great customer service, knowledgeable and what a personality! The brewery has been crafting microbrews since 1994. Mel explained their process to us. We tried their brews, it was hard for Barley Dad to decide which one to settle on. Although I liked them all, I settled on a local cider they served on tap. Ever since I took a Pub Tour (now THAT was a vacation), in Ireland, I became hooked on hard cider (oh and Guinness on Tap with the shamrock in the foam, of course) . The cider was called Poverty Lane Dooryard, not sugary sweet, but refreshing. Wonderful. Oh, right, we also stopped for a snackie [not a dog treat]: soft pretzels with mustard. This is a great place to stop at if you are in the area.
We next headed to our destination, The Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery. I had purchased a groupon to visit and really didn’t know what to expect. We were greeted by a nice hostess who helped us to the registration desk. You can read about their bringing a century old deserted building to what it is today at woodstockinnnh.com. It is amazing what they have done. We stayed in the Flume room at the Sawyer House. We had a lovely porch with a rocking chair that Barley Dad loved (woodstock Inn Rocking chair). The room was comfortable, the bathroom was large with a jet tub, again another thing us older folks find hard to do is get out of tubs, especially after soaking with the jets on, but it was worth it. We had a mini fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, large closet.
Across the street was Cascade Park, a small park along the Pemigewasset River. Before Happy Hour, we walked along the rocky river bed, were met by a little boy showing us where the tadpoles lived -how cute is that?- and sat on the granite benches enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Happy hour was happy. We shared something called the Kitchen Sink Nachos and a [sampling] flight. They had a beer that was brewed with blueberries and lemon. The aroma was delightful as was the taste. We also took a tour with Anthony. A shout out to him also. He was actually growing hops on the side of the building. Anthony had us smell the hops in the different stages of use, and told us about the process of their brewing/ Each taste sample was accompanied by a detailed explanation, we learned so much there. You can tell Anthony loves his job, he put his heart into his tour.
The food at the Inn was very good. Part of the package was that we received a breakfast each morning. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and their breakfast was the best! Also, with the package we were able to pick out a full growler. Took Barley Dad almost a half hour to decide on which he wanted, the Lemon Blueberry. We also took home a few six packs of Frosty Goggles, nice beer to sit outside or by the fire with.
After we took the Cog Railway to the Mt. Washington Summit (I can cross that off my bucket list), worth every penny, we went to Littleton. BC, Before Children, we stayed at the Thayer’s Inn during an ice storm while trying to visit friends. The circle of life brought us back to the town as empty-nesters. While there we stopped at the Schilling Brewery and sat on their deck overlooking the Ammonoosuk River and a covered bridge. We had a sample flight with homemade hummus, bread and their specialty pizza. WONDERFUL!!!
All in all it was a delightful two days. If you are ever in the area, stop by the 7 Barrel Brewery, Shilling Brewery and you must stay at the Woodstock Inn and Brewery.
I love the history of beer and how its made, the whole beer experience. My philosophy is, finding your beer is like finding your soul-mate, you may have a long search, and learn some lessons, but there is a beer that’s just right for you.