I was interested to read the Herald's Jan. 12 editorial "N.H. Renews Rich Legacy of Brewing." It was gratifying to see the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity of New Hampshire's brewers applauded. And while it's nice to think that a Saturday listening session between brewers and legislators over beers helped spark a brewing renaissance in the Granite State, the reality is more complex and far more interesting.
The emergence of New Hampshire's new generation of brewers is part of the stunning increase in the number of new craft breweries that has taken place nationwide in recent years. According to data provided by the Brewers Association, in 1991, the year New Hampshire's first craft brewery opened its doors, there were 248 small breweries operating in the United States... [click headline for more]