Smuttynose Brewing Company - Old Brown Dog Ale
- ABV: 5.7%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 15
- Serving Temperature: 40-45° F
The inevitable beer quest began in 1986 when Peter’s sister Janet and her boyfriend Mark convinced Peter to quit his teaching job in Brooklyn, New York and head out to Massachusetts to open a brewpub. A tough decision for some. Educating our country’s young minds or our country’s not so young taste buds! For us, the call was a no brainer, but then we are a bit jaded now, aren’t we? Peter sowed his wild hops in Massachusetts until 1991, at which time he opened New Hampshire’s first brewpub, and called it the Portsmouth Brewery. With good fortune and diligent work habits, Peter realized that it was time to hone in on his dream and open his first brewery.
The Smuttynose Brewing Co. is located on the New Hampshire coast in the historic city of Portsmouth and has a wealth of nostalgia surrounding it. The brewery, which opened in 1994, was built on the ruins of the Frank Jones Brewing Company, a brewery that opened in 1992 and promptly went out of business a year later. Good fortune for Peter. Not so good for Frank. Perhaps the cleaver name of the brewery had something to do with it.
Peter’s brewery is named after Smuttynose Island, one of the isles of Shoals - a small, rugged group of nine islands that lie less than ten miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. Folklore lends itself to the belief that mariners in the 1600s named the island based on the dark seaweed-covered rock ledge that juts out from one end of the island. Rich in both, history and legend, the isles of Shoals have been home to poets, pirates, fishermen, and now a brewery.
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (603) 436-4026 or check out their web site at www.smuttynose.com.
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