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NH Business: Checking out New Hampshire breweries

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



>> WELCOME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS, I’M FRED KOCHER. IN THE LAST NEW HAMPSHIRE BREWERS ASSOCIATION DISTRICT, NEW HAMPSHIRE HAD OVER 100 LICENSED BREWERIES, 93 OF THEM CRAFT BREWERS. CHECK OUT THIS MAP THAT SHOWS YOU GROWTH ACROSS THE STATE OVER THE LAST DECADE. YOU CAN SEE FROM TOP TO BOTTOM AND RIGHT NOW THEY ARE FACING A SHORTAGE OF ALUMINUM CONDITIONS AND FIRST, HERE ARE THE NUMBERS. 100 PLUS BREWERS, 19 BACK SINCE 2012 AND CRAFT BEER BARRELS IN 2021, 2020 EARLY CREATED 4,516 JOBS, THAT’S A LOT. AND 506 MILLION ECONOMIC IMPACT. HERE’S THE BREWERY, THE SIGN OF THE TREE, THE HENNIKER BREWERY. ONE OF HENNIKER’S BIGGEST BREWING COMPANY FOUNDED BY MY GUEST WITH THREE FRIENDS IN HENNIKER FOREST IN 2011-2012 TIME FRAME. WHEN THEY STARTED THEY COULD ONLY SELL SAMPLES BUT NOW THANKS TO THE NEW HAMPSHIRE BEER LAWS CHANGE THEY SELL A LARGE RANGE OF BEERS AND ALES. AND WITH ME TO DESCRIBE THAT IN HIS OWN BUSINESS IS DAVID COURIER, FOUNDER OF THE HENNIKER BREWING COMPANY. AND FORMER GENERAL MANAGER OF PAT’S PEAK CENTER AND WELCOME DAVE. >> THANK YOU I APPRECIATE IT. >> WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE RIGHT NOW WITH ALUMINUM CAN SHORTAGES, INCREASED COSTS, THE PANDEMIC AND SUPPLY CHAIN ​​ISSUES? >> WELL THE ONLY NICE THING ABOUT THIS IS A LOT OF PEOPLE GET REALLY GREAT CRAFT BEER IN THE PROCESS. EVEN THE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE GOES UP AND DOWN LIKE A YO-YO. WHEN I SAY THAT, WHAT I MEAN IS, YOU KNOW, THERE’S A SHORTAGE OF BUILDINGS, AND I’M NOT SURE IF IT’S BECAUSE OF LICENSING OR THE NUMBER OF CRAFTS– THERE ARE OVER 9,000 CRAFT BREWERS IN THE COUNTRY NOW AND BEFORE THERE WERE ONLY A FEW THOUSAND . >> THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF ALUMINUM YOU KNOW. >> I GUESS WHETHER THERE IS A SHORTAGE DEPENDS ON WHETHER THEY BUY THEIR ALUMINUM, BUT ANYWAY, ONE OF THE LAST BATCHES OF BUILDS I RECEIVED WAS MAINLY BECAUSE CROWN CAN COMPANY WAS AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY. AND MY CANS CAME FROM THE COUNTRY OF JORDAN. >> OH BROTHER, AND WHAT IS THE AMAZING GROWTH OF CRAFT BEER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE DUE TO? WHAT CHANGE CAUSED THE GROWTH? >> LEGISLATORS IN THEIR WISDOM DECIDED TO TRY TO GIVE THE CRAFT BEER INDUSTRY LOWERING THE COST OF OPENING A BREWERY WITH THE BREWER LICENSE THEY HAVE. AND THEN PEOPLE WENT FROM A NANO-BREWER TO A BEVERAGE MANUFACTURER AND SO ON AND THEY GET OTHER LICENSES AND THAT WAS PART OF THE LEGISLATION THAT WAS INTRODUCED BACK IN I THINK 2012 OR 13 AND IT’S REALLY GROWN IN THIS MASSIVE MASSAGE FOR YOU WITH CRAFT BEER. >> HAVE CUSTOMERS’ TASTE IN BEER CHANGED? >> I THINK PEOPLE ARE GETTING EDUCATED ABOUT CRAFT BEER AND THE INGREDIENTS AND EVERYTHING IN IT, TO THE POINT THAT A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF OUR BEER IS MADE WITH LOCALLY GROWN HOPS AND LOCALLY GROWN GRAIN. >> AND THIS IS SOMETHING I KNOW YOU WANT TO SEE AGRICULTURE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE DO, IS HOP GROWING? >> WELCOME, I WANT TO SEE THEM GROWING WHEAT TOO. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE ACTUALLY BUY GRAIN FROM– WE ACTUALLY NAMED ONE BEER, IT’S A BRANDYWINE ALE THAT WE MADE FROM THE FARM IN BOSKAVEN AND WE SENT THE GRAIN TO THE MALT HOUSE AND THE MALTERS SENT IT AND WE MADE BEER FROM OUR WHEAT, >> EQUIPMENT BEHIND YOU BRUSHING ALL THIS CRAFT BEER AND WE’VE POSTED SCREEN PICTURES OF SOME OF THE BEERS. SO, DAVE COURIER, FOUNDER OF HENNIKER BREWING COMPANY. THANK YOU. >> WHY ARE THEY. ENJOY THE BEER. GREAT TIME FOR IT. >> YES THE WEATHER IS GREAT FOR THIS. AND IF YOU MISSED PART OF THIS NEW HAMPSHIRE BEER INDUSTRY BRIEFING, G

NH Business: Checking out New Hampshire breweries

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

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

New Hampshire has over 100 breweries in the state. What has happened to them in the past few years, and have New Hampshire beer tastes changed?

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

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