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Throwback Brewery

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26 Beers
506 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: n/a
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Cask: N
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[ Brewery, Bar ]

121 Lafayette Rd
Unit 3
North Hampton, New Hampshire, 03862-6400
United States
phone: (603) 379-2317

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thrwbck

Place added by: 9InchNails on 01-21-2011

Throwback Brewery was founded in early 2010 by Annette Lee who is the Head Brewer and GM, alongside Nicole Carrier. Prior to starting Throwback Brewery she was an intern at Smuttynose.

Throwback is considered a nano-sized brewery. They only produce three barrels (or 93 gallons) each time they brew. The beer is hand bottled and non filtered.
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 4
Photo of lou50rp
5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Entered as a tour was leaving, so I got to talk with Nicole and Anita. Very personable and enthusiastic about what they are doing. Visiting a small brewery taproom is a great experienc, and Throwback is no exception.

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.52/5  rDev +8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Bicyclette
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

These folks are always looking to supply a wide variety of brews to choose from and their varieties are always interesting. Love many of their offerings!

I downgraded the "atmosphere" because it's a very casual tasting room. However, it's the sort of a place where locals congregate around an old picnic table - so it's the people who make the atmosphere, and for them, I'd give a 4.5!

Take home growler and growlette prices are reasonable. However, the beer you drink here is only available in $1 tastings. So, experiment wildly!

Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Throwback is located in a tiny industrial park off Route 1--not exactly what you'd imagine would be a very cool atmosphere, but somehow they pull it off. This is a production brewery, with one of the most laid-back tasting rooms anywhere. In warm weather, they open the big garage door, with tables inside and out, full of people enjoying samplers and hanging out. The whole space, which is pretty small, is wide open and very inviting, with the bar (for samplers, growler fills and bottle purchases) off to the right when you walk in.

The taplist tends to be pretty long, as far as brewery tasting rooms/growler fills goes, and is a good mix of their flagships and one-offs. The focus is on beers brewed with local ingredients, and this includes a lot of unusual beers, including one of my absolute favorites, the Meadow Mirth Fennel Flower Stout. Their stouts and other dark beers (ranging from altbiers to schwarzbiers to porters) are my favorite, though they also brew an excellent hefeweizen and other styles. If I recall correctly, 4 oz. samples are $1 each (that makes a $4 pint!), so trying a bunch and hanging out is generally a solid plan.

It can get packed in here, with people hanging out enjoying samplers and getting growler fills, but it's an extremely friendly, laid-back place, and the ladies who run the show here are among the friendliest people in the business. They're planning a move onto an old farm across the road in the future, and while I'm really excited about that, but just as with Smuttynose, I'll also miss visiting the humble but very welcoming beginnings.

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2.67/5  rDev -35.7%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3.75

This brewery is basically housed in a storage facility / warehouse, and their brewing processes and equipment are pretty much in plain view. It's not really a bar, but more of a tasting room. Walking in, you'll find an area to order your beer, and to the side are a few tables were you can sit and imbibe.

As far as quality goes, the few beers I sampled were pretty mediocre, and they seem to perhaps be biting off more than they can chew with some of the things they're making. On the plus side, they did have quite a few options on tap with a decent variety of styles. Unfortunately you do have to take the whole "quality vs. quantity" thing into consideration.

There was no food here. Merch was available. Prices seemed reasonable.

The service was pretty atrocious. To be fair, I think that on the particular day I visited, there was a much higher volume than they are used to...the place was packed. But still, you know, you have to be prepared to accommodate your clientele, and they simply weren't. There wasn't even a line, just a huddled mass of people, with some trying to get samples, some trying to fill growlers, and others trying to pay their tab, and the whole time, no one knew who was doing what behind the bar, and the woman at the counter was trying in vain to figure out how to check people out using her tablet. To be honest, I couldn't wait to get the hell out of the place.

It's a small operation, and this brewery is relatively new, but it seems to me they're far past the point where they should have their act together.

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Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, NH
92 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.