Brewery Profile: Throwback- In a League of Their Own
In last week’s post, I talked about breweries that kicked butt from the start and maintained the quality of their relatively small lineup of beer. This week is about a brewery that do things differently in a good way. This is the kick off to my Brewery Profile series.
In a previous post, I listed the breweries who are part of the Brewers Supporting Agriculture movement and I am a huge supporter of this. More information can be found here (link). Throwback does this and then some. When Throwback launched less than a year ago, they stood out (and still stand out) above the rest of the breweries by not just sourcing their grain from local farms, but sourcing the majority of ingredients from farms in the area.
While you may think this is just a phase for this brewery, think again. This is the foundation of Throwback’s existence. Nicole and Annette put local ingredients in every beer they produce. From the local wheat in their Hog Happy Hefeweizen, to the local maple syrup in their Maple Kissed Wheat Porter. There is more hard work in every pint that goes far and beyond the brewing process.
Once more, they are tipping their caps to both stout lovers and more local farms by creating their Unafraid of the Dark Stout Series. I’m am positive this is what I have been waiting for as a stout lover, a punch card for stouts! Here is a peak at 4 of the 6 beers they will be making for this series.
- Wake Robin Farm Chocolate Ginger Stout
- White Heron Chai Porter
- Meadow’s Mirth Fennel Flower Stout
- Brookford Farm Hidatsa Squash Porter
Meadows Mirth was released on Thursday 1/13 and I stopped by to get my club card and pick up a growler. 2 things I noticed. One, since my fiancee doesn’t like stouts that much, I have to drink an entire growler myself (scared face) and 2, since my fiancee doesn’t like stouts that much, I
have get to drink an entire growler myself (super happy face)! Luckily I was able to share the growler with Sean, Amber, Ryan and Ian of 2beerguys and it was enjoyed by all. The love for Throwback goes beyond North Hampton, with beer lovers flooding the Portsmouth Gaslight from all over last weekend for their tap takeover and draft release of their Fat Alberta Chocolate Peanut Butter Imperial Stout.
While this statement may seem contrary to my previous post, I enjoy watching and tasting the experiments from Nicole and Annette. The fennel stout comes from taking left over fennel flowers and trying it in a stout. One of my favorite experiments from them is their Spicy Bohemian, where they grilled Jalapenos on a grill outside their brewery and tossed them in the brew. The result is liquid nachos in the best of ways. Once they are happy with the recipe, they put it on tap and you can guarantee its going to be a solid product. While I don’t think other breweries will go full boar into local sourcing of all of their ingredients, Throwback definitely started the trend if there will ever be one.
Don’t believe me? I asked a couple of Throwback fans what they love about Throwback:
Throwback stands out because of their size! I love seeing a brewery grow from homebrewing to a small operations facility with a tasting room. Also, their beers make them really stand out in my mind, with all the great and unusual ingredients they use. My favorites are the jalapeno pilsner they brewed this past summer, and, of course, I love Fat Alberta! I love the spicy, but not overwhelming, flavor of the jalapeno pilsner and the smooth, nutty and chocolatey taste of the big elephant. I’m very excited to try their Unafraid of the Dark beers; running an awesome stout club so early on in their brewing career makes them stand out to me, too. I just love Throwback!
Hands down, Annette and Nicole are what make Throwback stand out from other breweries. Sure, they’re both female and have been praised for being entrepreneurs and starting their own business in a male dominated industry, which is fantastic. But that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s their positive attitude. Their adventurous spirit. Their approachability. Their kindness and willingness to take the time to have a personal conversation with you at the brewery even when it’s chaotically busy. It’s the fact that they’re downright good people and lose sleep at night worrying that you won’t like their beer or get a chance to try a special brew not because they think their brand or reputation will be tarnished, but because they truly care about you and hate to disappoint. They have graciously invited the community into their little microcosm and the response has been outstanding. Without doubt, being able to call both of them friends was one of the highlights of 2011. I love all of their beers, but Dippity Do is the one that I keep going back to again and again 🙂
Throwback stands apart because of the it philosophy on brewing. The choice to source as local as they can. Coupled with the fact that the owners are both women. On a personal level I really like Throwback because I started following their journey from the beginning. I met Nicole & Annette while the paint of thr logo was still fresh on the wall. And I’ve cheered them every step of the way as they continued to gain one success after another. They’re working hard & making great beer. My favorite from the first sip has been Fat Alberta. Of course I’d choose a stout. It’s unique flavor of chocolate & peanut butter made me fall in love with it. But I also enjoy their maple kissed porter. The maple is just sweet enough & not over powering.
If you have yet to visit Throwback I suggest getting a map (if you are unfamiliar with the area) and stopping by for a taste and a growler fill. You can also find their bottles in some stores around town. For more information about Annette and Nicole head over to the Throwback website.