Here are a few frequently asked questions from tours and e-mails. We won’t include the one wondering if we brew on top of Mount Washington.
Q: When I store my Tuckerman bottles in the fridge, when I open one it foams over…what’s up?
A: You are probably storing the bottles on their side. Because of the bottle conditioning, where we actually put fresh fermenting wort into the bottles and kegs, they need to by stored upright. Nik could give you the scientific reasoning for this, but trust us on this.
Q: My wife and I love to take brewery tours. We’ll be visiting Tuckerman Ravine this spring and want to see where our favorite beer is brewed.
A: Awesome, we give facility tours every Saturday at 3:00pm. The fee for the tour and tasting is $5. You get to take home a souvenir pint glass ( a $5 value). The Souvenir Shop is open and you can pick up some beer to take with you to Tuckerman Ravine. While the official tour is Saturday, the Souvenir shop is open Monday - Friday, Noon to 5 pm, when you can purchase beer too.
Q: We live outside the NH, ME and MA area, but have tried your beers and love them. Can you ship some to us in Rhode Island?
A: Sorry to say that by NH liquor law, we are unable to ship beer to you. So that’s a great excuse to make plans to visit soon.
Q: I’m sort of a beer geek. What is the alcohol content of your brews?
A: Again, this would be a question for Nik, Dave or Seth for the chemical info. But I can say that the Tuckerman Pale Ale is 5.3%, the Headwall Alt is 4.5%, the ALTitude...Alt Beer With Attitude is 7.3% and the 6288 Stout is 6.3%. Each batch can vary a bit, but those are the numbers we shoot for.
Q: My buddies and I always look forward to the winter season and the 6288 Stout. We love the brew and the fact that you donate a portion of the proceeds to the Mount Washington Observatory. Any chance we’ll see another seasonal brew?
A: Ah, the question I ask every season. We came up with a fall/winter strong Alt called ALTitude...Alt Beer With Attitude. At the present time, we are limited by our brewing capabilities. The hope for the not to distant future is to increase the amount of beer we can brew. Maybe a spring or summer brew.
Q: Do you sell or fill growlers? For when I feel like having “just one”?
A: Sorry to say, we don’t…yet.
Q: We’ve had your beer in MA, and are going up north soon. We want to take a tour and hope to grab a bite to eat there too. Are you a brew pub?
A: Tuckerman Brewery is just that, a brewery. When we conduct tours, we invite you to join us in our expanded Tasting Room. You can try all three of our beers and pick up souvenirs too. No penalty if you bring a bag of peanuts with you! Then head off to visit one of the many fine eating establishments in the Mt. Washington Valley area. Almost every one has at least one of our beers on tap!
Q: I’m a member of a ski club in the Valley. Can I pick up a keg or cases of beer at the brewery? I’ll be a hero at the club if I show up ready!
A: You sure may get beer to go from us. BUT…by NH liquor law, we are permitted to sell one case or one keg per person per day. So bring the whole club for a tour and you’ll be able to leave with plenty of beer!
Q: I’m hearing that some micro brews don’t brew their own beer. Tell me it ain’t so. Are they kidding me?
A: You heard right. As some small breweries have grown, they don’t have the capacity to brew enough beer, so they “contract brew”. That is they hire a larger brewery to use their recipes to brew greater quantities of beer. Here at Tuckerman Brewing, we’ve had growing pains too. But Nik and Kirsten have anticipated the growth in their “Big Plan”. They started out in 1998 in a very small plant in Conway village. They quickly out grew that place and moved to the current location at 64 Hobbs Street, Conway in 2004. Over the years, they've installed a grain silo for the malted barley and bought a conditioning tank and 40 barrel fermentaion vessel. The next big step is a new (hopefully) much larger packaging plant. All of the fine Tuckerman products that we all enjoy are brewed solely at our brewery, and always will be.
Q: Where can I find my favorite beer in NH, ME and MA?
A: Visit the web site often. We are currently working on a complete list of on-premise (restaurant/pub/bar), and off-premise (grocery store, convenience store and “packies”) where Tuckerman beers are offered. We’ll even be able to direct you to the locations! In the meantime, if you don’t see us in your favorite establishment, ask for us by name in your loudest, most polite voice! If they value your business, they’ll get us in for you.