Craft Brewery Profile: Third Colony Brewery & Winery
The brewery in the 2,000-square foot building on East Industrial Park Drive in Manchester, NH has only been producing craft beers for a couple of years, but it already has a rich history. Founded by Wade Ward in 2012, Third Colony Brewery has the distinction of being the first disabled veteran-owned brewery in the modern era.
It began when Ward learned that his son, also a soldier, was critically injured in an IED explosion. Moved by the support of his comrades, Ward sent them a case of his home-brewed double IPA as thanks while he went to be by his son’s side. Those comrades quickly realized that Ward had something special in his brewing prowess, and encouraged him to share his double IPA for public consumption. That encouragement emerged as “Peer Pressure,” Third Colony’s first offering. It was a hit and remains the brewery’s most popular brew. The rest is history.
What’s on Tap?
Inside every one of those classic “Old Brew House” branded brown bottles is a cornucopia of flavor delights. There is, of course, Peer Pressure, with hints of caramel, butterscotch and raisins. If you’re a fan of Belgians, you’re sure to love Belgian Ale, malty and sweet with notes of caramel, honey, citrus and spice. On the darker side, you have Pecan Brown, with pecans sourced from a veteran-owned farm in Georgia, Third Colony’s dark, sweet Maple Porter and the Chocolate Porter, with rich chocolate flavors.
The Taproom is open on Friday and Saturday, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Friday and from 1:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m on Saturday. You can sample some of the above as well as other favorites like Third Colony Brewery’s Boheme Pilsner, Cranberry Blonde, Spiced Red IPA and Extra Stout.
Make Sure to Catch…
…Derry After Dark, a street brew festival in September held on Manning Street to revitalize downtown Derry, featuring a mix of local businesses and craft breweries. The event features over 100 unique regional craft beers, including some choice Third Colony selections, and tasty local foods from Derry businesses, along with music, cigars and good times for all involved.