Blog : Green Alliance Gets a Sneak Peak at the New Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton

By Craig | May 29, 2014 | in

If you're a beer drinker (or connoisseur) in New Hampshire then there's little doubt you haven't had a Smuttynose brew. Since 1994 Smuttynose has been brewing some of the best local - now national and international - craft beers out of their HQ in Portsmouth. But with the rise in the beer's popularity, Smuttynose outgrew the facility in Portsmouth and relocated to Towle Farm Road in Hampton. The new space looks amazing and the Green Alliance was happy to be on-hand to learn about Smuttynose's continued efforts to grow as a sustainable business and witness the beginning in the next chapter in Smuttynose's story.

Oh, and to have a beer. Or two.

On Wednesday, Smuttynose opened their doors for a private tour of the new building, machinery and new beers (and some old favorites) in production, before they open tours to the public on Saturday May 31. The new building is positioned to receive as much natural sunlight with a lot of windows in addition to solar tubes and an LED-lit-on-demand lighting system to cut down on energy usage and cost. New designs have reduced the size of Smuttynose's air compression system and uses variable frequency drives (VFDs) throughout the plant to control motor speeds on pumps, process, packaging and HVAC equipment to further reduce energy costs. Much of the wood and stone used in the build has been repurposed or recycled. The tasting tables near the sample station were formerly the wooden crates used to deliver appliances like the 100hl Steinecker CombiCube equipment from Germany.

The larger, more energy efficient facility is tucked into the hillside on property that was once a Victorian-era farm. Smuttynose, who cherish the region's workman attitude and aesthetic look, went to great lengths to preserve the farm's original structures including the barn and farmhouse that will be repurposed into a function hall and restaurant, respectively. Originally purchased in 2008, with an official ground breaking in 2012, the new facility boasts a capacity to produce between 60,000 and 65,000 barrels (that's about 15-16 million pints) with the potential to grow to 120,000 barrels. The new building is registered for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification as set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Longtime, die-hard Smuttynose fans will also get a special treat when they walk from the parking lot to the entrance; the original trailer featured on the Finest Kind IPA packaging is on-site and will find a new life as part of the Smuttynose campus in the near future.

Despite the move from their original location Smuttynose remains true to their original mantra of brewing quality local beer and the part of New Hampshire that gave them their begining, they just needed some room to stretch out.

There was so much on-hand to see and take in on Wednesday that we can't do it justice in this short post. Go see, and taste, for yourself this Saturday, 10 a.m., at 105 Towle Farm Road in Hampton, N.H. Or visit Smuttynose online.

Green Alliance Members receive 10% off their meal at Smuttynose's sister company, The Portsmouth Brewery located at 56 Market Street in Portsmouth. Join now!