Brewery Name: Lithermans Limited Brewing
Type of Brewery: Retail Brewery
Location: 126 Hall St b, Concord, NH 03301. The brewery is actually a little hard to find--it’s in an industrial park-sort of area, and you’ll have go through the main entrance and bang a quick right, then a quick left around the back of the building. They have a sign out front, so you’ll see it.
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Background: As the New Hampshire brewery boom continues, Lithermans Limited is a relatively new addition to the state’s beer scene. Lithermans opened their doors a year ago this month, and just celebrated their first anniversary with a saison festival this past weekend. The brewery bottles and distributes only a half dozen of their beers, but they’ve made over 70 different offerings available at the brewery since they opened. I’ve tasted a few of the regular offerings before, but I don’t make it up to Concord very often. Since I was headed up their for an event anyway, I decided it was finally time to see what Lithermans Limited is all about.
Growlers: Yep. Lithermans offers a few different styles of growler for those who want to take away some of their non-bottled beers.
The Beers: Lithermans had a nice variety of styles on tap when I stopped in, including two IPAs, a double IPA, a stout, a saison, a sour, and even an imperial red. Much as I love IPAs, I love it even more when a brewery is comfortable (and confident) enough to brew a ton of different styles. Lithermans Limited executes them all with aplomb.
Vibe: Love the taproom vibe. Lithermans perfectly encapsulates that “hole in the wall” feel that so many bars (and even breweries) swing for and miss. The taproom is small and intimate, with a high, open bartop that you can casually saunter up to and order your beers. There are tables and benches scattered throughout the space, and you probably won’t have any trouble finding a place to sit. The outside of the building isn’t particularly striking--there is a sign out front, but it almost feels like a speakeasy, which is cool.
Lithermans clearly loves their vinyl records: there are records and record sleeves on the walls all throughout the brewery, and even the stools have various records lacquered into them. I thought that was a pretty cool touch. They even have a handful of old classics on the walls, including Led Zeppelin IV and Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. As a collector of old Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin records, seeing them on the wall made me smile (PS. You guys want some old Jethro Tull records? Call me).
Both of Lithermans’ brewers were present in the taproom, and both were extremely friendly. There’s something I always appreciate about seeing brewers who are happy and excited to talk about their product and greet people as they come into their establishment. These are people who clearly love not just beer, but the business of owning and operating a brewery. That’s always awesome to see.
Dogs: Yep. I saw a handful of dogs wandering through the taproom while I was there, so you should be perfectly fine to bring your furry friend along.
Price ($ to $$$$$): $. I was shocked at how affordable Lithermans was. I tried all seven of the beers they had on tap and paid less than $2 for each 4oz sampler. Obviously bottles and growlers will set you back a little more, but if your goal is to pop in a try a few great beers, you’ll be able to do it without breaking the bank.
Food: Lithermans doesn’t have a kitchen, but they’ll offer snacks every now and then. When I came in I was immediately offered some of the free pizza and wings they had atop the bar, which was hugely welcome.
Final Thoughts: All in all, I really look forward to heading back to Lithermans Limited. Concord, NH is a bit out of the way for me, but if I lived in town I would be there every week to see what’s new on tap. As it stands, I’m looking for an excuse to head back up that way just so I can pop in again and see what’s new on tap. Lithermans Limited is definitely one of New Hampshire’s best young breweries, and with such great beers on tap and just a year under their belt, I really look forward to seeing what they do in the future.
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