Brew NH celebrated to get more people interested in beer, tourism
Peter Egelston, founder and president of Smuttynose, said the beer companies are very competitive with each other in the marketplace, but understand when there is a need to come together.
In the early 1990s, beer tourism in the state consisted of the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Merrimack and Egelston’s original brewpub, the Portsmouth Brewery downtown.
This includes a recent number of nano-breweries that have cropped up in no small part due to favorable legislation recently passed and supported by Hassan.
According to an analysis released by the national Brewers Association in December, small and independent craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the United States economy in 2012.
The groups also hope to get more New Hampshire residents to drink New Hampshire beer. J.T. Thompson, minister of propaganda for Smuttynose, said only 1.3 percent of beer purchased in New Hampshire was made by New-Hampshire owned breweries, a significantly smaller percentage than in the adjacent states of Massachusetts and Vermont.
“If our brand grows, we can help other brands grows and vice versa,” Thompson said. “We’ve been in the industry in the state for a long time, and we feel we have the opportunity to be a leader and help things grow.”He said he thinks the effort can also help grow a stronger sense of pride around New Hampshire.
- To what do you attribute New Hampshire's precipitous drop in rankings for business friendliness?
- Aging workforce
- Energy cost
- Govt. regulation
- High taxes and fees
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