The Stone Church

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8 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

5 Granite St
Newmarket, New Hampshire, 03857-1614
United States

(603) 659-6321 | map

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Added by FrankLloydMike on 08-19-2009

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by DrinkingDrake:
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place can be slightly hard to find. It is on the top of a hill behind the center of town which is minuscule at best. It gives off an extreme hippie vibe with a giant Terrapin Station sign and a Jerry Garcia stained glass window. They stray away from the hippie scene however by also having a Frank Zappa stained glass. This is mainly a music hall with a bar with a capacity around 100. They are all about craft beers and have had many different things on tap the couple of times I have been there. I Have seen Peak Simcoe, Longtrail Dbl Bag, Magic Hat Howl, Geary's and Siera Nevada. Some great music has come through there. I have seen Charlie Hunter, The Wood Brothers and Goosepimp and have been satisfied with Music, Beer and service every time.

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Photo of jco3
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RevCraig
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SevaTse
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This to me has always been more of a music venue, rather than a beer bar, but since they have good beers- hey, why not have it on BeerAdvocate, right!?!
The selection is not as good, as say, Barley Pub- they have stuff like Long Trail/Tuckermans/Brooklyn/Sea Dog on the reg., but nothing too ballsy.
It is located in an old church building, with a stage in the center, and a bar to the right.
My last visit was over a month ago, and I understand the place keeps changing due to recent change in ownership.
Ample parking, but can be difficult to locate at night!

11/5/11 update
have to give them major karma points for friendliness of service. on a busy night every staffer was on top of their game, not giving attitude about making crazy blacks and tan(i was on a major "how would Black Fly Stout taste mixed with..." kick) and just being positive all around. Also, I understand due to sprinkler/fire code regulations, they have a strict limit on a number of people allowed inside. Well, to those that did make it in- that made for a very good music show experience- no pushing/shoving, etc.

They now have a board, that features prices for all the beers and pour sizes, if they are not pints! Also, couple higher end ones on tap, though overall the usual suspects on tap!
Not a big menu.
Appear to have a happy hour for beer- half off drafts. Score.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Stone Church has been a music venue in this small town, nestled between a mill-lined river and a steep hill, for over forty years, but its designation as a beer bar is the result of a recent change in management and focus.

The Stone Church is located in an old stone church, as you might expect, perched atop a hill in the middle of Newmarket. When my girlfriend and I showed up friday night, the smell of a wood fire was heavy in the crisp night air, and the light of the bar glowed through the old windows, beckoning us in for good beer and good food in a good, old building. The vibe is part music hall, part old barn (seems more like a barn than a church inside to me), and part ski bum (stickers on stools, etc). The beer selection isn't huge, but it does rotate regularly and features mostly local microbrews. The micro selection was varied in terms of style, too, with pale ales, IPAs, brown ales, Belgian styles, and best of all the Moat Mountain taps, which included a delicious Rauch when we were there.

The food is locally sourced, fresh and uncomplicated. It went great with the beer, and it was so nice to step out of the cold January night into the slowly filling space for a bite to eat and a beer before moving on to the Barley Pub, only ten minutes away. It's a bit out of the way from the bustle of Portsmouth, but well worth the detour.

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The Stone Church in Newmarket, NH
Place rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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