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I realized that other day that it’s been a while since I last checked in here.  Some of that’s been life and some it has been on account of taking a much-needed family vacation last week.  I took a long weekend before the July 4th holiday and spent the time celebrating my son’s second birthday in style by heading up the White Mountains region of New Hampshire.  On the way there we all made a stop for lunch at the Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Company in West Ossipee, NH.  

The facility and restaurant are housed in a large red farmhouse conveniently located right on Route 16.  The inside is quite spacious with a beautiful wooden interior and plenty of tables for dining. I won’t go into detail on the food, but I will say that my wife and in were both quite pleased with out meals.  Her Tavern Salad served with a blueberry mead vinaigrette earned high marks and I have nothing but good things to say about the 36 Hour Brisket Sandwich as well.  As for my beverages, I went with a flight to experience as much of their wares as possible.  Their flights let you sample any five beers from the current draft lineup, with each taster priced individually depending on the brew (everything I saw was between $1.50 and $2.50).  I’ll go through my choices from right to left since that’s the order I drank them in (because why wouldn’t I?).

I started out on the lighter side of things with River Drifter Pils, a 5.1% Pilsner with some nice notes of honey.  I rather enjoyed this one and am happy to say that it helped get my unofficial summer of pilsners back on track.  Up next was Easy Bean, a sessionable 3.5% nitro stout brewed with coffee and lactose.  I was a pretty big fan of this one as well and really liked how its fresh coffee taste combined with the silky smooth body of a nitro stout.  At the halfway mark I came upon Ten State Stout.  Checking in at 5.0%, I thought this was a perfectly fine oatmeal stout; not particularly notable, but good nonetheless.  My penultimate brew was a double IPA named Pitch a Tent.  It was the largest beer of my day at 8.0% and in the style of a “West Coast” IPA with a mostly tropical profile upfront and a dry, grass and pine bitterness on the finish.  This was another one I thought was fine, but didn’t really stand out for me. My last beer of the day also happened to have one of the more amusing names I’ve come across lately – That’s Not a Knife.  As an error on my part, I at first thought of this as a Simpsons reference, but apparently Crocodile Dundee (which I’ve never seen!) was the true inspiration.  Anyway, this 4.2% Pale Ale was brewed in collaboration with Henniker Brewing Company and featured Australian grown Galaxy and Summer hops.  Tropical fruits burst out of this, complimented by a base of bready malts and a sweet, hoppy bitterness.  It certainly closed out my meal out on a high note!

All things considered this was a very nice little pit stop for us.  Great ambiance, excellent food, and good beer made this place a winner in my book.  I highly recommend given it a look if you’re in the area.