Checking in on 100+ NH’s brewers

NH Business: Control at New Hampshire Breweries

The founder of Henniker Brewing Company gives an update on the current state of New Hampshire breweries and how they are dealing with the aluminum shortage and rising costs.



>> WELCOME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS, I’M FRED KOCHER. IN THE RECENT COUNTY BY THE HAMPSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF BREWERS, NEW HAMPSHIRE HAD OVER 100 LICENSED BREWERIES, 93 OF THEM CRAFT BEERS. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS MAP THAT SHOWS YOU THE GROWTH IN THE STATE OVER THE LAST DECADE. YOU CAN LOOK FROM THE HOOD DOWN AND NOW THEY ARE MISSING THE ALUMINUM BARS AND THE FRONT HERE ARE THE NUMBERS. 100 PLUS BREWERS, A 19 BACK KNOW 2012. AND CRAFT BEER KEGS IN 2021, 2020 CREATE 4,516 JOBS, THAT’S A LOT. AND 506 MILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT. HERE IS THE BREWERY, THE SIGN ON THE TREE, HENNIKER BREWERING. ONE OF THE BIGGEST BREWERY COMPANY, HENNIKER BREWING FOUNDED BY MY FRIEND WITH THREE FRIENDS IN HENNIKER FOREST IN 2011-2012. WHEN THEY STARTED THEY COULD ONLY SELL SAMPLES AND NOW, THANKS TO THE CHANGE IN THE NEW HAMPSHIRE BEER LAWS, THEY SELL A HUGE RANGE OF BEERS AND ALES. AND WITH ME DESCRIBED THAT IN HIS BUSINESS IS DAVID COURIER, THE FOUNDER OF THE HENNIKER BREWING COMPANY. AND FORMER GENERAL MANAGER OF PAT’S PEAK CENTER AND WELCOME DAVE. >> THANKS, I APPRECIATE IT. >> WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE HAMPSHIRE BREWING INDUSTRY NOW FACING THE SHORTAGE OF ALUMINUM CANS, YOU HAVE INCREASED COSTS, THE PANDEMIC AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN ​​ISSUE? >> WELL, THE GOOD THING ABOUT IT IS PEOPLE ARE GETTING REALLY GOOD WITH THIS PROCESS. EVEN THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE IS GOING DOWN LIKE A YO-YO. WHEN I SAID THAT, WHAT I MEAN IS, YOU KNOW, THERE MAY BE A SHORTAGE, AND I’M NOT SURE IF THAT’S BECAUSE OF THE LICENSE OR BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF SKILLS– AND THERE ARE OVER 900 IN MONEY, THERE WAS ONLY ONE A THOUSAND. >> THERE IS AN ALUMINUM SHORTAGE THAT YOU KNOW. >> I THINK IT DEPENDS ON WHO THEY BUY THEIR ALUMINUM IF THERE IS A SHORTAGE, BUT ANYWAY, YEAH, ONE OF THE LAST BATCHES OF CANS I RECEIVED WAS BASICALLY THE CROWN CAN CAXUMCIMA CAPAAS COMPANY. AND my cans came FROM THE COUNTRY OF JORDAN. >> OH, BROTHER, AND WHAT IS THE WONDERFUL GROWTH OF CRAFT BEER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BECAUSE OF? WHAT HAS CHANGED SINCE GROWING UP? >> THE LEGISLATURE IN THEIR WAY DECIDED TO TRY TO GIVE THE BEER INDUSTRY LIMITED COST REDUCTION TO START A BREWERY, WITH THE LICENSE THEY HAVE. AND THEN PEOPLE HAVE JUMPED FROM A NANO BREWERY TO A BEVERAGE MANUFACTURER AND SO ON AND GETTING OTHER LICENSES AND THERE WAS LEGISLATION WHICH WAS PASSED IN I THINK IN 2032, 2014 PEOPLE TO GET INTO THE CRAFT BEER BUSINESS. >> HAS CUSTOMERS’ TASTE IN BEER CHANGED? >> I THINK PEOPLE ARE BEING EDUCATED ABOUT CRAFT BEER AND THE INGREDIENTS AND EVERYTHING IN IT, TO THE POINT THAT A HUGE PERCENTAGE OF OUR BEER IS MADE BY OVERALL LOCAL GROWTH. >> AND THIS IS SOMETHING I KNOW YOU WILL SEE FARMING IN A HAMPSHIRE WILL, THIS IS GROWING HOPS? >> WELCOME, I ALSO WANT TO SEE THEM GROW UP AS A GROUP. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, WE’RE ACTUALLY BUYING WHEAT FROM– ACTUALLY, LET’S NAME A BEER, IT’S A BRANDY ALE THAT WE MADE FROM THE FARM IN BOSCAWEN, AND WE SENT THE WHEAT TO A MALT. WE MAKE SOME BEER FROM IT, IT’S GOOD. >> I SHOW ALL THE EQUIPMENT BEHIND YOU BRUCE ALL THAT CRAFT BEER AND WE PUT PICTURES ON THE SCREEN OF SOME OF THE BEERS. So DAVE COURIER FOUNDER OF HENNIKER BREWING COMPANY. THANK YOU. >> YOU ARE WELCOME. ENJOY SOME BEER. GREAT WEATHER FOR HIM. >> YES, IT’S GREAT WEATHER FOR IT. AND IF YOU MISSED PART OF THIS NEW HAMPSHIRE BEER INDUSTRY BRIEFING, G

NH Business: Control at New Hampshire Breweries

The founder of Henniker Brewing Company gives an update on the current state of New Hampshire breweries and how they are dealing with the aluminum shortage and rising costs.

New Hampshire has over 100 breweries in the state. What has happened to them in recent years and has the taste for beer changed in New Hampshire? To find out, Fred Kocher sat down with Dave Currier, founder of Henniker Brewing Company, to learn the current state of New Hampshire’s beer industry.

New Hampshire has over 100 breweries in the state. What has happened to them in recent years and has the taste for beer changed in New Hampshire?

To find out, Fred Kocher sat down with Dave Currier, founder of Henniker Brewing Company, to learn the current state of New Hampshire’s beer industry.

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