In 1982, ER doctor Peter Oldak planted a half-dozen grapevines and launched an agricultural industry that now lures wine lovers to New Hampshire’s countryside. His Jewell Towne Vineyards is still one of the must-visit wineries in New Hampshire. More than a dozen winemaking enterprises now continually prove that New Hampshire can cultivate the grapes needed to formulate exceptional wines. If you could use a little help planning your NH wine tasting trip, be sure to check out our Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Trails. You can also download the NH Wineries Association’s passport program and see how many wineries you can visit this year!
Consider yourself more of a beer guy or gal? You’re going to find beer bliss in New Hampshire, too. Blink and you might miss the debut of a brewery in New Hampshire. We’re up to 33 at last count—everything from nano-breweries to national brands—and more are on tap. Consult New Hampshire’s Brewery Map to sample fresh, inspired beers everywhere from Seacoast stalwart Redhook Ale Brewery to White Mountains gem Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery, where you can even spend a weekend learning to brew. Anheuser-Busch’s Merrimack plant is famous for its tours and Clydesdale stables. And at upstart breweries statewide, beer geeks can be the first to taste creations like “Stoneface Hopulization” or “Kelsen Spacetown Pale Ale.”
New Hampshire also has stellar producers of alcoholic ciders and honey wines. Propose a toast at Moonlight Meadery, where honey meads are named to suit every mood, from “Breathless” to “Wild.”
Posted by Scott Freerksen “The Lake Guy”