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See clearly at Nashua’s Spyglass Brewing

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In a previous life — OK, simply earlier on this one — I labored as a software program engineer, the place frequent job modifications had been the rule. I rapidly discovered that when one door closes, one other opens. After one employer closed their native workplace, I discovered a brand new job the place my supervisor was a Hollis, NH, native named John Wagner. I might find yourself working for John at a number of corporations.

Quick ahead 30 years, and John and I’ve each moved on from the software program biz. John and a few of his compatriots of his (Joe, Jonas, & AV) from sundry software program & engineering jobs realized they shared a love of brewing beer. They grew that zeal from a passion right into a job, opening their enterprise in 2018. That enterprise in flip grew right into a thriving brewery in Nashua on the sting of considerable extra development. That busy brewery is Spyglass Brewing.

On New Yr’s Eve afternoon, my pal Invoice together with my pretty spouse June and I visited Spyglass to attempt their newest imperial stout, Darkish Stream, and in addition in fact share some flights of their different choices. We weren’t upset. Should you’re simply discovering Spyglass, you are in for a deal with. Should you’ve had their beer earlier than, you may additionally know the way rapidly they’ve turn out to be wanted and what number of trade awards they’ve gained. Or that they created maybe one of the best beer title ever: My Organic Father Was A TV Repairman.

The area

Mother is about to start out dancing

Like so many nano-, micro-, and craft breweries, they’re in an industrial park the place area is affordable and purposeful. They’ll brew in again and run a primary faucet room in entrance. Throughout the top of Covid they obtained take-out orders on-line and served four-packs out of their freight door in again, the place you could possibly drive up, get your order delivered to your automobile, and go in your approach. Making do in the easiest way!

Trying out the group

Their faucet room is household pleasant; they serve Gold Fish crackers and Sincere Youngsters natural fruit juice. Whereas we had been there on New Yr’s Eve we noticed a number of {couples} with toddlers and infants. One mother was holding her toddler whereas they each danced to a Journey tune. As everybody is aware of, toddlers love Journey!

Different music we heard throughout our go to included Rush, The Eagles, and The Vehicles, giving a 70s-80s really feel.

On Wednesdays they’ve a trivia contest, beginning at 6 pm

The Meals

Spyglass does serve meals, nothing elaborate, however good pairings to take pleasure in with a flight or full pour. Choices embody taquitos, nachos, sizzling pretzels, nuts & chips.

Throughout our go to we loved samosas, a hen quesadilla, and a cheese plate, and all had been fairly good.

Like many different breweries, Spyglass typically hosts meals vans. Previous examples embody Donali Meals Truck and Smokehaus Barbecue. These visits are introduced on social media.

The Beers

The creator together with his companions

My first flight began with their latest brew Darkish Stream and its religious predecessor Darkish Roast. Each had been extraordinarily good, additionally fairly comparable to one another. After cautious consideration, I might say the elder Darkish Roast was barely extra bitter than the newer Darkish Stream, nonetheless each had been lots candy general, so the distinction was very small. Should you like a espresso stout you would be hard-pressed to search out higher than these two. Concerning ABV, I might by no means have guessed that Darkish Stream was 11 p.c, particularly with Darkish Roast proper in addition to it at solely 8 p.c. Warning is suggested! However, I introduced house a four-pack of Darkish Stream.

Additionally in my first flight was jantara implausible and easy-drinking Czech lager that I might examine favorably to a long-standing private favourite, Moat Mountain Czech Pilsner. My fridge now holds a four-pack of jantar together with some Moat Mountain so I can do some side-by-side style checks at my leisure. Selecting a favourite is certain to be a enjoyable and worthwhile pursuit! (Is it simply me or does jantar sound just like the title of an enormous area robotic?) The can label holds trippy nostalgia: an Alphonse Mucha portray from 1896 depicting a queen in entrance of zodiac indicators that will need to have adorned many bed room partitions within the ’70s.

Rounding out my first flight was seashore day, a bitter ale with pineapple, coconut, cherry, ardour fruit, vanilla and nutmeg. Those that don’t love sours ought to enterprise into the unknown right here; each my spouse and I discovered the sourness very slight certainly. We each cherished the juicy mouthfeel, we might nearly really feel the pulp. This instantly reminded us of City Artifact Gramophone, a Nectarine Midwest Fruit Tart beer brewed in Cincinnati however which we found in Windfall RI nearly three years in the past. Naturally, we introduced house a four-pack of seashore day.

Subsequent, Invoice and I made a decision to share a flight of IPAs & NEIPAs. These problem me, as I appear to be lacking the gene that makes individuals just like the style of dank forest flooring of their beer. However hey, I figured I ought to step out of my consolation zone. So for this flight we acquired:

  • Citra Singularity8.5% ABV, DIPA – Hops: Citra
  • Object Oriented8.3% ABV, DIPA – Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Rakau, Simcoe
  • Automaton8.2% ABV, NE DIPA – Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Columbus
  • Strataspere8.2% ABV, NE DIPA – Hops: Strata, Rakau, Nelson, Motueka

For me, neither of those had been as dank as I used to be anticipating, all had been actually fairly nice. Possibly my tastes are maturing? Additionally I have to admit that I discovered all of them fairly comparable to one another. Whereas logically I can recognize the number of hops concerned in these beers, but *my palate* simply is lower than the duty. Possibly extra observe is known as for? I might describe Automaton and Strataspere as having only a bit extra citrus taste than Citra Singularity and Object Oriented. All had been good, even to a non-NEIPA fan like me.

An Further Shock

By far the largest & greatest shock we acquired on our New Yr’s Eve go to didn’t contain the beer, the area, nor the meals. As a substitute it speaks to the group surrounding Spyglass, the nice and cozy hearts of their patrons. As I mentioned our celebration was three in quantity, and we sat at one finish of a protracted high-top desk with eight seats. Shortly after we arrived we had been joined by two different prospects who sat on the different finish of our desk.

It turned out they had been brothers, Adam and Craig, one an ex-marine who works close to exit 1 in Nashua. We chatted about Spyglass beers, NEIPAs vs. different types, about different space breweries, and even shared our favourite bourbon picks. They completed a bit earlier than us, and shortly after they departed one of many bar workers returned my spouse’s bank card to her from her, telling her that the 2 brothers had paid our tab. We had been amazed! Fortunately we had exchanged contact information so I used to be in a position to thank them. That was icing on the cake (head on the beer?) of an excellent afternoon.

So in the event you go to Spyglass, I am unable to promise that another person will choose up your tab… however you by no means know. I might encourage you to benefit from the group these native breweries foster and all the time be good to your bar mates!

extra to eat

they’ve a considerably bigger area below preparation close to exit 1 in Nashua, a minimum of triple what they’ve now. It should additionally embody outside seating and a considerably improved kitchen & bigger meals menu. Watch their social media for updates on progress. Possibly exit 1 will turn out to be referred to as the Spyglass exit?


Spyglass Brewing is positioned at…

2 Townsend West, Unit 8

Nashua, NH 03063

telephone: (603) 546-2965

web site:





Wed: 4-8 pm (Trivia at 6 pm)

Thu: 2-8 p.m.

Fri: 2-8 p.m.

Sat: 12-8pm

Solar: 12-6pm

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