Schilling Beer Co.

BEER AVG
4.13/5
Schilling Beer Co.Schilling Beer Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

18 Mill St
Littleton, New Hampshire, 03561-4000
United States

(603) 444-4800 | map
schillingbeer.com

Notes:
Schilling is a progressive European-influenced small-batch brewery located in NH's White Mountains. 99% of Schilling beer is sold on-site in pints and growlers from the family-owned brewery in Littleton, NH, which is housed in a restored 18th-century grist mill on the Ammonoosuc River. The brewery's adjoining taproom also features gourmet wood-fired pizzas, in addition to other locally-influenced foods.

Added by johnnnniee on 10-06-2013

BEER STATS
Beers:
48
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
300
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
51
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
6.76%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 51
Photo of BeerYogi
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Schilling Beer Co. offers their extremely well crafted European style beers in a cozy, rustic refurbished mill on the river in Littleton, NH. It is a great beer stop not only for their exceptional beers but for the food and atmosphere too.

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Photo of ScottSnyder
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

No kidding. This might be the best brewery/pub I've ever experienced. Rustic, cozy space. Fantastic food (try the pizza, and everything else). Most of all the beers are simply world class. Short pours available so you can try the very broad range of euro-inspired styles. I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of vttaster
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

If you are ever in NH or VT for that matter, this place is a must visit. It is cozy and the staff is attentive and warm. The beers are all fantastic. The brewer John has nailed the euro styles. All of the lagers that I have ever had are as authentic as any I have ever had in the US. Their Belgian selections are also very authentic. It's a must visit for any craft beer lover!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

What a great location and space! In an old wooden mill building on the river next to a covered bridge just off the main st in downtown Littleton. I stopped by early in the afternoon and midweek and the place was hopping, I can only imagine what the weekend looks like here. So two outside seating area's on on a deck overlooking the river, one out front and a cozy pub like space inside. They 8 beers on tap when I got there and 7 when I left, I was very thirsty ;) They range in quality from good to amazing. 4oz samples, full pours, crowlers, and a few sizes of growlers to go. The food is brick oven, my pizza was really good. I sat at the bar and my server was more than attentive. A little on the pricey side but I'll gladly pay for the quality. I can't believe it took me this long to get up there, now I just need to get back.

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Photo of mcvick
4.46/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Schilling Beer Co. is a great place and worth the drive. They have a nice variety of beers on tap, from 1-3 sours to dark and malty Euro-style beers to pale ales and even wheat beers. They focus on highlighting local ingredients and farmers, and incorporate their beers into some of the recipes. The staff is always friendly. You won't find too many brew pubs with a waterfront view and open late night in northern New England. To all those involved at Schilling, Prosit!

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

V: A small brewery/gastropub tucked into a small mountain town, situated in a very old mill building on a scenic river. Everything is clean and well kept. Sat outside and the view of the river was amazing.
Q: Only had beer, but the quality of all the beers I had were great.
Serv: The waitresses were nice, not the most friendly people, but really laid back and attentive, and did their jobs well.
Sel: The selection of beer was all house made, mostly Belgian and German style beers. Right up my alley. Food menu looked great too.
F: Can only rate based on what I saw, will update next time I go back and get food. None the less the food looked and smelled amazing.

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Photo of sliberty
4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This might be my favorite beer anywhere on the planet. I can't say enough about how consistently delicious and well executed all of the beer by this company is. It is a shining star in the white mountains.

The beer is all classic european style (German, Belgian, Czech, Polish etc) executed perfectly. About a third have American twists such as dry hopping with American hops or Bret, and these are every bit as good as the traditional beers.

The food all comes out of an awesome wood fired pizza oven in the center of the bar, piled high with firewood. Very charming, and makes delicious food. Their bratwurst plate is to die for and the pizza is incredible. Salads are also very serviceable.

The location itself is amazing in Littleton NH in an old Mill building perched on the edge of a river. There is outdoor seating in the warm months and occasional live entertainment. These are good, quality musicians, not margaritaville hacks.

My only complaint is that I live in Massachusetts so I can't go here every single week.

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Photo of rixport
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I love this place... Great beers, food is somewhat limited, but what's available is very of good... Jeff is a very gracious host and Jeremy rocks it from behind the bar...

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Photo of Budlum
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Schilling beer company is everything a brewpub wants to be. The beers were solid, some fantastic. Not many small establishments can do a sour Flanders well, but I found theirs to be a solid representation of the style. It is even more impressive when you see the small footprint of their brewing area. The food...the food was fabulous. The menu could look somewhat pretentious, but the presentation and quality were second to none. Their downtown location along the river is beautiful inside of the old mill. Schilling Beer Company is worth a visit if you are anywhere near the area.

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Photo of Brewhaha
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came to Schilling on a tip from our waitress at the Beal House Restaurant nearby, and a great tip it was! We came early on a Sunday, which was fortuitous, because we were seated immediately (the place is not large) in their cozy upstairs restaurant, and ordered two beer flights immediately, and a charcuterie/cheese plate. We followed with a pizza and a few more beers.

This is one of the finest brewpubs I have experienced, some points that stood out:
- The range of styles (mostly in the Belgian ,German and Flemish vein) is wide-ranging, and each interpretation is spot-on and delicious, which is a huge achievement and a delight.
- Some of the beers stood out as being worthy of extra praise last night: the Kolsch, a hop-forward Belgian style ale, a Gose, and a sour Flemish-style brown among them.
- I love sour beers, and the sours on the menu were among the best that I have had.
- The charcuterie and cheese plate, with braided pretzels, is superb, with lovely pate, top-notch Vermont cheeses, local honey, and home-made jam from the owner's brother in Traverse City Michigan.

Thank you Schilling-folk, Prosit!

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Photo of LoVermontBeer
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great place and location. If I'm not sitting at the bar (which is tuff to ever do because it's always packed or employees are sitting their) when sitting at a table I always feel rushed to leave so the servers can "flip" as many tables in one night as possible.

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Photo of growler83
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

One of my favorite places to spend an afternoon. Staff is great and the beer is always flowing. Knowledgeable staff and a great old building. Would recommend the Trapu when it is available.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.16/5  rDev -3%

Stopped by here on 26AUG14 with my 2 daughters for lunch. It was a gorgeous day, so we sat out on their deck.

I did check inside, though... very rustic and woody - just like an old mill/barn would be. On the immediate right were shelves with shirts and shtuff for sale. The bar was on the left wall... a large blackboard hung up behind with the days offerings. Regular seating was found to the rear, right, and I also believe the upstairs has seating, too. The large brick oven was at the rear, with the aroma of pizzas wafting about. In front of the place there are some picnic tables, and a deck over-hanging the slope down to the river runs along the left side of the mill.

Service was solid, but in a Germanic fashion - efficient without putting too much effort into the friendliness aspect! ;-) The atmosphere, in and out, was verrry comfy! And consider their location on the banks of the Gale River - wow!! They had 8 of their own biers on tap, plus 5-6 guests; it was a varied array of styles, to be sure. I had full pours of the smoked hefe-, Karl, and the Belgian pale, Clervaux. Both were tasty, with Clervaux being quite nice. I also had samples of 3 others, which were decent as well. My daughters each had a flavorful pizza, and I devoured a plate of bratwurst, a pretzel braid and greens. I thought the food was a touch pricey, but the bier prices were typical, for these days. Return visit? I'm pretty sure I will.... Prosit!!

4.16/5 rDev -5.20%
vibe: 4.65 | quality: 3.94 | service: 4.10 | selection: 4.35 | food: 4.05 | $$$

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Photo of Jrobes
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This brewery is truly a gem. Any legitimate beer lover should not miss the opportunity to visit this establishment. The quality of the ingredients and process make for an inspired can't miss product. The partners are dedicated to making a very high level product.

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Photo of Jodi215
3.59/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Went here for dinner while on vacation in the area. Loved this place, it is in an old grist mill and right on a river with a view of a covered bridge. Atmosphere is very casual and rustic. The kitchen is almost a part of the dining room. Totally open to the customers which I loved. Huge pizza oven in the center. Quality of atmosphere was outstanding. Quality of food is not so good. In other words don't get the salad. My son had a pizza and my husband had a calzone, both were very good. I had a salad which should have been yummy, it had lots of different ingredients which I love in a dinner salad. My only complaint was the greens used were old and much of them were wilted and slimy. I picked out the bad greens but what really annoyed me was the bad greens had been buried under some decent greens so they were hidden from view. If I wasn't a picky green eater I would have just stabbed a fork full into my mouth without seeing them. As I was leaving I noticed they were opening a new bag of greens. I guess I was just a little early for the good stuff. Everything else about this place was fantastic so the score is lower because of the hidden rotten greens.

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Photo of zefbarnes
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Previous to vacationing in the north country, this tourist from Cincinnati OH researched craft breweries along the trip. Schilling stood out amongst the most attractive, yet claimed them self to be maltcentric. As a hophead, I was apprehensive! Kari was so knowledgeable and friendly and we wished she could enjoy an Eratus with our group. We tried the Porter, the Eratus and the Wit beer. We were pleasantly surprised by all three brews. As home brewer with a German heritage I give these 5 stars. 1 star for their bravery in a hopheaded trend, 1 star their simple easy going atmosphere, 1 star for their kick ass pizza oven with Killian at the helm, 1 star for Jeff an owner who was super cool and 1 star for making damn good beer that transcends all state lines! Prost Americans! Thank you for the best experience of my vacation.

Sincerely,
Seth Hand Barnes

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Photo of BadassOutdoors
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

This is an excerpt from a longer article I wrote, concerning Schilling Beer Company, about the pairing if Beer with Gear:

"Schilling Beer Company opened their doors in the late autumn of 2013 in what once was Littleton's Grist Mill on the Ammonoosuc River. Three brothers combined their efforts with an engineer and a German-speaking chemist to create a craft brewery like New Hampshire's North Country had never seen. From dozens of taps on two floors poured fine European inspired beers of Belgian, German, Polish, and Czech influence, and other hand-selected guest taps from a cross-section of America's best craft breweries. Gourmet pizzas were prepared and baked before my eyes in a custom built, wood fired, brick oven dome. The staff is comprised of professionals, drawn to Schilling for its promise of community. It isn't uncommon to see a cluster of trail-worn backpacks nestled amongst muddy boots beneath a table for six. Sun-tanned forearms reach for a half dozen pizzas, perhaps a salad, and glasses of every shape containing the half-drained contents that is the post-adventure libation of choice for wilderness wanderers.

I recall my first visit to Schilling, after taking a day off from my work at The Badass Outdoors Gear Shop, a Littleton Main Street outfitter specializing in technical outdoors gear. I had just trekked up a couple of peaks in The Whites and knew that the next logical step was a frothy pint. As I stomped the hills from the soles of my boots I was greeted by the abnormally tall bartender with a knowing grin. "Been out today?" I told him I had. Just as I was going into the knee-jerk reaction of explaining the trail conditions and the weather up top he cut me off. "You should probably try this," he stated placing a glass of Schilling's Erastus Tripel in front of an open stool at the bar. I enjoyed that beer while continuing to report on my day's adventure. Eight locals and tourists also clad in fleece and wool joined in the conversation. If there were more than eight stools at the lower bar I am sure more would have joined in. I am sure because as the discussion grew and segmented into sub groups discussing mountaineering by the entrance, back country skiing near the brick oven, and whitewater kayaking behind me, the entire lower half that is Schilling grew into a who's who of North Country adventurers, all with tales of extremes to rival one another's.

That evening a parade of teachers from a local private school, the White Mountain School, came in. They had just run the Franconia Ridge Trail. They ordered beers, occupied a dozen tables, and were given pizzas on the house by Jeff Cozzens, CEO of Schilling Beer Company. He explained to me that adventurous folks like these teachers frequent the brewery's taproom often. They go on century rides (one hundred mile rides on road bikes) along North Country Scenic Highways, backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail, or kayak days on the Ammonoosuc River and then require food and drink. Jeff welcomes this audience with open arms, full glasses, and occasionally pizzas on the house. Jeff knows that locals keep a business growing, that tourists give it a boost in appropriate seasons, but that a dedicated subculture puts it on the map. When that map includes rivers and mountains of legendary status within a couple miles in every direction, that subculture will always be the outdoors crowd with their high metabolisms and a love for camaraderie.

While I recline at the bar only minutes before last call with snow dusting the river outside, business finally slows down enough for Jeff to give me the breakdown on what Schilling means to him, "Schilling Beer Co. is about combining innovative brewing science with continental European traditions against the backdrop of the rugged beauty of the White Mountains. Our ales and lagers are inspired by centuries-old beer-making traditions, but are defined by their modern relevance and creativity." I absorb this description. I read it back from my notes, but I want more than a sound bite. The shift ends, beers are poured, "Our Head Brewer, John Lenzini, and I grew up together in Traverse City, MI. We've been best friends--brothers, really--for over 25 years. After living overseas (John in Germany and Austria and I in Scotland), we chose to settle our families in the North Country because of its quality of life and access to the outdoors. We're hikers, hunters, and fly fishermen. John has been brewing since 1996--he started in a yellow bucket during grad school at Purdue University." Jeff is all heart and enthusiasm when it comes to discussions involving beer and family. Three beers later I realize that what Jeff really cares most about is the perfect unity of the two."

-MK

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Photo of BumpkinBrewer
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

The wife and I checked this place out after chopping our Christmas tree down at Finnegans' in Bethlehem. This brewpub is set down off the main road in what seemed to be a happen'n downtown Littleton (nicely decorated too). Schilling Beer Co is primarily a pizza place but does serve other entrees. Its a small cozy place centered around their beautiful brick oven. The "kitchen" is very open with several people pounding away at dough making pizzas at a rapid pace. The menu is simple with about 4-5 different topped pizzas and a calzone version of it. I would call them personal sized others may not. They had about 6 of their own beers on tap as well as quite a few guest taps. I caught a quick glimpse of the board with the guest taps (the in house beers are on the menu) and saw green flash...damn that's all I can remember. I had two beers: Kamarade a Baltic Porter and a Belgian Brown session ale. Kamarade was delicious with a bone white head and a slight roastiness with a bit of chocolate. This beer was very clean finishing and at 8%ABV hid the alcohol tremendously. The Belgian Brown was refreshing as well but I expected a little more character from the yeast, it too finished very clean. We'll definitely check this place out when we are in the area again which may not be until next Thanksgiving weekend. Cheers!

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Photo of GrotiusM
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

This place hits it out of the park. When I visited there were five beers on-tap: a tripel, witbier, Dusseldorf Alt, weizenbock and an innovative Belgian-style session ale called Rustic Belgian Brown.
There was also a well-selected assortment of guest handles--Victory, Oskar Blues, etc--but their beers (yes, I had three--the altbier, Rustic Belgian and tripel) were exceptional.

The setting is spectacular: a repurposed old mill building on a river in the White Mountains. However, rather than the kitschy decor than one becomes accustomed to in some of the old Northern New England towns, Schilling's taproom is showcases innovative mixed materials that speak to New York or Boston, but graciously softens the edges with a nod to the old mill.

The staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The brewer is a chemistry teacher. The crowd was hip, surprisingly upscale, with an eco-aware/outdoors vibe coursing through the place.
There was also pizza and calzones cooked on the wood-fired oven that these guys made--sweet.

Can't wait to come back.

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Photo of Doppelmax
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been there 3 times so far. They have a great selection of quality craft beers in addition to their own. Since they have mostly Belgium styles available so far and I don't care for them I've enjoyed their guest taps.

The alt beer tasted fine but was a bit more cloudy then I'm used to. The Baltic Porter is supposed to be available soon which I will certainly try.

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Schilling Beer Co. in Littleton, NH
4.13 out of 5 based on 300 ratings.
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