Kettlehead Brewing Company

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110 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

407 W Main St
Tilton, New Hampshire, 03276
United States

(603) 286-8100 | map

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Added by fermentedbarley on 10-26-2017

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of papposilenus
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Relatively small, well designed, welcoming space, uncrowded when I visited midday on a Friday. Quality of the NEIPA's was top-tier although the other brews were sort of hit-or-miss, at least when I was there. Bonus points for at least trying multiple styles.

The service was friendly, competent and all-around exceptional. 5 for that because I can't see how it could have been any better (it probably didn't hurt that it was slow, though).

There were no cans available when I was there and, since they don't maintain their website and relevant FB posts are, at best, sporadic, there's no way of knowing if there will be any cans short of actually going there or calling them on the telephone. Hopefully they'll get on to that soon because I'd love to have a bunch of that hoppy fluff in my fridge. At any rate, everything on tap was available for take-away in 32oz crowlers so I didn't leave empty handed.

I can't speak to the food since I was drinking on an empty stomach, but it surely smelled good.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Easy in and out off I-93 in the Lakes Region. At the time I visited it was the only brewery within an hour or so.

Place has the metal/wood industrial/rustic vibe going that seems to be very prevalent in the craft beer scene. Small maybe room for 50 people or so. 10 seats at the bar. Heard it could be overwhelmingly crowded at times, but it was 3/4 full when I visited on an early Friday evening.

If you're into cloudy/hazy Pale Ales and IPA's, this place is for you. A bunch of the beer I tried was pretty fruity/OJ tasting - I'm OK with it for a certain time but really not my style. Their "Lactose IPA" was a horror show I'm quickly trying to forget. Also had an Imperial Stout that was just so-so.

Prices were reasonable, servers were friendly.

Good place to stop for a meal and beers while passing through, though I certainly wouldn't consider this place a destination.

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Photo of Ocalafox
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Really enjoyed a lunch and several beers there with Sawdog505. Grabbed 2 crowlers of Agent and some Moon Rover to go. Food, Korean bbq sandwich w/kimchee brought me back to my days at Camp Red Cloud, superb. This place fills up quickly but is definitely worth the trip!

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Photo of SawDog505
4.86/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

So I have been here over 10 times and I think it is finally time to review. The vibe is excellent, always have excellent music on and can always strike up a conversation with other people eating or just enjoying some tasty suds. Employees are good and always trying to learn from die hard beer lovers, and occasionally you get to chat with Nate and Sam the head brewers and I have had times that they actually poured me a small sample of the newest beer and you can tell this is a dream come true and they are so thankful to watch people enjoying what they have done.

Quality food and beer all top tier. Nobody could go and not find something tasty to eat or drink. Only thing they could do is maybe add a few more healthy options, but everything on the menu is deliscious, Nate's wig does a incredible job in the kitchen, one of the best burgers and pizzas you will ever eat, seriously. Always have awesome New England Style APA, IPA, and DIPAs flowing, along with some for the lighter color beer drinkers and the people who love darker malty beers.

In my opinion the place is great now and I truly believe they will only get bigger and better. A must visit destination for New Englanders or if you are traveling to the area.

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Photo of burny57
2.11/5  rDev -48.4%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.25 | service: 1.25 | selection: 4.25

Place is about as bad as it gets. We didn't even order. Lousy atmosphere, cheesey. I've never been to a slummy brewery, till now.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of jhavs
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

New place, visited about a month after their opening.

Large bar, open room with tables and high table wrapping the outside walls. Register straight ahead from entrance for buying retail cans/crowlers/swag.

Offer flights, 4oz, 8oz, and pint (can shaped glass) pours. They had 12 beers on tap during my visit of variable styles. Session IPA, IPA's and DIPA of course but also a brown ale, pilsner, goes, blueberry ale, porter, stout, scotch ale, red IPA and Rye IPA. Lots of brews and styles for a new place.

Food menu is medium sized, I had the burger, it was above average. Heard other people saying they enjoyed their Pizza and the Pretzel Bites.

Beer was all very good. I tried many of their options and brought some home. They had 4 options to go in cans and offered crawlers of most of the brews on tap. Quest was my favorite of the day. I tried many styles and none disappointed. The IPA/DIPA were the hazy New England style and all were good quality. Lighter carb and soft mouth feel. A mocha stout was also particularly good.

The service was very friendly and attentive. They did not seem to have a ton of knowledge about the beers themselves, but with the place being new I am sure they will learn. (Bartenders are the staff I interacted with).

A nice addition to the NH brew scene and I'll be happy to stop by whenever in the area.

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Photo of fermentedbarley
4.13/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Pippuri
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of InspectorBob
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Kettlehead Brewing Company in Tilton, NH
Brewery rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 110 ratings