I had started a thread on the old forum about some new breweries and brewery-related legislation in New Hampshire, but there have been some new developments, so I wan't to update and revive the discussion. It's mostly all pretty promising stuff, and good news for the beer scene in New Hampshire. First, here are some of the brewery-related bills currently under consideration: HB1172: scheduled for March 7 vote, committee recommended to pass as amended - This bill authorizes nano brewery licensees to sell their products at farmers’ markets. HB1208: scheduled for March 7 vote, committee recommended to pass as amended - Increases the size of servings that may be consumed on the premises of a nano brewery. (removed in amendment) - Prohibits the liquor commission from requiring federal label approval for New Hampshire beverages. - Repeals a prohibition on advertising in certain publications by liquor licensees. (amended to prohibit advertising targeting under 21) HB1236: scheduled for March 7 vote, committee recommended to refer to interim study (probably no action this session) - This bill allows beverage manufacturers, nano breweries, and brew pubs to obtain up to 5 on-premises licenses. - This bill also repeals certain employment and business interest restrictions on liquor licensees. HB1411: scheduled for March 7 vote, committee recommended inexpedient to legislate (recommend killing bill) - This bill establishes a committee to study small brewer relationships with distributors. As I said before, I'm not exactly sure what HB1411 will do, or what the effects of the portion of HB1236 relative to repealing the employment restrictions would have on the brewing industry and beer drinkers, but otherwise these bills all sound like no-brainer good ideas to me. I was especially excited about removing the label approval for beverages; allowing nanobreweries to serve 16 oz. beers, which would enable true taprooms in the state; and allowing breweries to have up to five locations in the state--a small, regional brewpub chain like Sebago in Maine or Beer Works in Mass--whether new or additional locations of existing breweries (a handful of Smuttynose Brewpubs, for instance)--would be a welcome addition in plenty of cities and towns as far as I'm concerned. I'm disappointed that the serving size will remain small, so no true taprooms will be appearing, but I'm hopeful that breweries will be able to sell beer at farmers markets, that the liquor commission will no longer have say over in-state labels, and that we may still see brewpubs/breweries with a few locations throughout the state. Original post from 01/27/2012 regarding new breweries: There have been some promising developments in the brewing scene in New Hampshire recently. Candia Road Brewing Company/Nepenthe Ale House has started distributing bottles of their pale ale and stout (and possibly their IPA) from their brewery in Manchester. I saw that they're doing a tasting at Bert's tonight. I tried the stout last weekend and it was very nice, with good hop bitterness balancing the malty sweetness. I haven't been able to find a ton of information about these guys, but they're operating out of the same building as the homebrew shop owned by former Manchester Brewing owner-brewer, Kevin Bloom. The bottles name a different brewer, though. The dual Candia Road/Nepenthe name is a bit confusing, but the Ale House part makes me wonder if they have any plans to open a taproom in the future. Like the former Manchester Brewing, the bottles at Candia Road/Nepenthe are very attractive. If you lump Hooksett into Manchester, Candia Road makes the Queen City a three-brewery town for probably the first time in a century. I think the city/region could still use a Switchback-style entry-level local beer, but I think Switchback and Tuckerman Pale Ale fill that void in Manchester pretty well as it is. Speaking of taprooms, a new nanobrewery is planning to open up in Hampton. Blue Lobster Brewing Company just got approval from the town and is planning to open a brewery and taproom (serving food from an outside vendor) sometime this spring/summer. That will add to the already vibrant Seacoast brewing scene, along with Smuttynose, Portsmouth, Redhook and Throwback. On top of that, Smuttynose is building their new brewery in Hampton and Woodstock is expanding so they can brew all their bottled beer on-site. I haven't heard anything more about it, but there's also the news from the fall about a possible Henniker Brewing Company. Update regarding new breweries: I've also just read about Earth Eagle Brewings, which is planning to open a Portsmouth brewery that will in part focus on gruits. I believe one of the guys behind it is also the owner of A&G Homebrew Supply. The idea of a gruit brewery on the Seacoast is really exciting. And as EnronCFO pointed out in the old thread, just south of the border but also in the Seacoast region, Riverwalk Brewing Co. is getting ready to open in Amesbury. Sort of nearby, Bow Lake Brewery sounds like they are hoping to move from avid homebrewers to a 1bbl brewery.