Monday, July 14, 2008

New Beers on tap

Hey all,

You are going to have to say good buy to the Bluebeery and the Hefewiezen. But don’t worry, you will see the Hefe sooner than later and the Bluebeery you are going to have to wait until the end of the summer when it is actually blueberry season where we will make a double batch of it. To replace them we have our Bottle Rocket IPA back in action and we put back on our Saison that has been aging in a serving tank. (I had some at the servers meeting this morning and WOW the age has helped it become beautiful).

Secondly the Smutty Robust Porter has kicked and we will be putting on our Black Cat stout. So we have a stout on now!




  1. Hey Tyler. What are the rules regarding non-Portsmouth Brewery growlers? I have a cool swing top growler that I bought in NY and used to fill at the Saratoga Brewery when I lived there, but I'm told I can't use that at any brewery in NH. Is this a state law or is it just a brewery by brewery rule?

  2. Over the years, we've been asked why we do not fill growlers that people have purchased in other locations. Several months ago, I received an email from someone who was "disappointed" to learn that we would not fill growlers that she'd gotten from a brewery in upstate New York. Here's how she put it: "Can I just say that not only does that strike me as complete B.S., it's also bad marketing; you're selling beer, not bottles. And you lost a $96.00 sale. Of course, if you do fill generic growlers, it shouldn't be for the 12 bucks you charge which obviously covers the cost of the bottle. Please think of your local fan base who don't need your growler as an advert and please rethink this (rediculous) policy." Ouch!

    There is a simple reason why we do not fill growlers from other companies, or blank "generic" ones, either, and it has nothing to do with marketing or an insane desire to throw business away. Any container in which we sell beer must be marked with a label that is approved by the Federal Tax and Trade Bureau (formerly BATF) and the New Hampshire State Liquor Commission. This includes bottles, growlers and even kegs. An approved label has certain mandated language, including the government warning, brand name, volume, and the name and location of the producer/bottler. We've heard that other breweries are not so strict in adhering to these laws, and that is their prerogative. However, violating these laws could result in the suspension or loss of our license, so is way too much is at stake for us to consider doing so, even if it means occasionally losing business.



  3. Thanks Peter. The woman's name wasn't, Millie with growlers from Davidson Bros. in Glens Falls, NY, was it?

  4. No on both counts, but I wouldn't say if it was, anyway!



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