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Editor’s Picks

Hot Dogs and Beer

Candia Road BrewingCandia Road Brewing Co. in Manchester keeps it crispy serving up craft beer at their brewery and taproom. Pairing a chicken bacon ranch crisper with a subtle banana wheat ale or a basket of nachos with a pint of sidewalk chalk may be great, but the best combination may be any of their hot dog varieties with an IPA or lager. Can’t get any better than that.

Bowling Alley Dive Bar 

Who doesn’t love a good dive bar? Throw candlepin bowling into the mix and now we’re talking. Rumors Sports Bar & Bowling in Newmarket delights in the sort of local grime that can’t be bought — you’ve got to earn that kind of character. Cheap pitchers of beer, old-school candlepin bowling (seriously, the bowling alley is straight from the ’80s, without any screens or digitization) and karaoke several nights a week, Rumors is a throwback to simpler times. Let your guard down and go have fun with the locals.

Craft Brew Hidden Gem

Craft Brew Hidden Gem Back Hill Beer Co2With over 100 craft breweries in New Hampshire, it’s nearly impossible to single out the best — but Back Hill Beer Co. in Rochester truly feels like a “hidden gem.” Buried deep within the Gonic Mill complex, one must walk through a labyrinth of living New England history to arrive at the warm, welcoming taproom — and, of course, it’s worth it. Brewer and owner Peter LaPlante specializes in hazy New England IPAs but makes a solid range of venerable brews, from fruited sours and brown ales to American stouts and lagers. Back Hill also serves locally-baked soft pretzels from Potter’s House Bakery and Café alongside house-made beer cheese, a hearty snack to accompany the tasty pours.

Readers’ Poll Winners

New Hampshire Brewer’s IPA
Stoneface Brewing Co.


New Hampshire Brewer’s Lager
603 Brewery



New Hampshire Brewer’s Sour Beer
Pipe Dream Brewing



Restaurant With Best Beer List
New England’s Tap House Grille


Restaurant With Best Beer List Multilocation Local
Thirsty Moose Taphouse


Restaurant With Best Wine List
Vino e Vivo




Overall winner 603 Brewery

Brewery Concord Area
Northwoods Brewing Company

Brewery Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region
Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille
New London

Brewery Great North Woods Region
Copper Pig Brewery


Brewery Lakes Region
Kettlehead Brewing Co.


Brewery Manchester Area
Pipe Dream Brewing


Brewery Monadnock Region
Modestman Brewing


Brewery Nashua Area
Spyglass Brewing Co.


Brewery Salem Area
Kelsen Brewing Company


Brewery Seacoast Region
Throwback Brewery

North Hampton

Brewery White Mountains Region
Woodstock Inn Brewery

North Woodstock



Woodstock Inn Brewery
North Woodstock


Sports Bar

Billy’s Sports Bar & Grille

Sports Bar Multilocation Local

Thirsty Moose Taphouse



The Copper Door
Bedford and Salem



Tamworth Distilling & Mercantile


Winery or Vineyard

Zorvino Vineyards

Winery or Vineyard Multilocation Local
LaBelle Winery
Amherst and Derry

Categories: Best of NH Winners