Craft Brewery Profile: Neighborhood Beer Co.
If you love German beer, this is the neighborhood you want to visit. The Neighborhood Beer Co. in Exeter, New Hampshire, styles their offerings as German-Style Beers With an American Twist. They specialize in presenting American interpretations of classic German-style beers. The goal of the Neighborhood Beer Co. has been to capture that passion and camaraderie that Germans enjoy with beer and bring it to America. Judging from the popularity of this little brauhaus, it seems so far, so good!
What’s on Tap?
If you’re a fan of the Kolsch-style beers of Cologne, try Neighborhood Beer Co.’s Hallowed Hammock Blonde Ale, a full-flavored, clean, refreshing ale that goes down easy, with notes of vanilla, caramel, white wine and apricot. If you’ve favored the Rhineland Dopplesticke in the past, try Neighborhood’s version, the Junkyard Pedigree Copper Ale, with a nutty sweetness and hoppy finish. Maybe Hefeweizen is your thing, in which case you’ll want to sample the Dapper Detonator Mahogany Ale, a strong, dark, seasonal brew you’re not likely to forget.
If you’re more of a Schwarzbier type, there’s the extremely smooth, very bold Decadent Eclipse Black Lager and the Velvet Shadow Black Lager, smooth and creamy with notes of dark chocolate. These are seasonal, though, so get them while you can. If you’re not ready to go all the way to Germany, Neighborhood Beer Co. also has something for IPA fans. The Bastardly Blitz is a dry-hopped American IPA with German malts and German hops.
Be Sure to Catch …
The grilled cheese is amazing. Beer and cheese can be a surprisingly good combination, and you can tell that’s what the Neighborhood Beer Co. was thinking when they composed their food menu. They’ve got a tantalizing selection of creamy, delicious, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches on Texas toast named for classic female TV icons. Try the Carol Brady, with swiss, cheddar and Muenster, the Carmela Soprano, with mozzarella, basil pesto, balsamic syrup and tomato, and the Granny Clampett, with pulled pork, pepper jack and onion jam. If you have room, share a Big Dippah, a hot, soft pretzel with pub-style mustard and cheese dipping sauce.