New Hampshire’s Beer Bus Tour Expands With Booming Local Craft Beer Industry

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Granite State Growler Tours adds a new bus to take even more thirsty passengers to local craft breweries and distilleries in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Southern Maine.

The Growler Tours now visit over 15 breweries and 3 distilleries in 3 states.

Keeping in check with the recent explosion of craft beer popularity and brewery additions, New Hampshire’s first and only brewery tour company, Granite State Growler Tours, has added another bus, named ‘Hop Hunter’ to its fleet along with more than a dozen new stops.

“This has been an amazing journey, to say the least. When we first started planning this endeavor two years back, we had four stops to choose from for any given tour. Now we have nearly 20 and that number is growing,” says owner David Adams.

“This summer, we just didn’t have the seats to accommodate the volume of people who wanted to go on a brewery tour, or book private tours. We needed to expand accordingly with the craft beer scene,” he adds.

The tour company, which brings guests to multiple breweries and distilleries with tastings and private tours at each stop, first rolled onto the scene in April of 2013 as a two-man operation consisting of Adams with his business partner and onboard tour guide Mark Chag Jr. Now, with the addition of another bus, the small company has expanded with new employees and a broad scope set for the future.

“We realized that we needed more buses, more people, more tours in more towns. We went from offering two tours a weekend, to running six tours a week Friday through Sunday, as well as private and corporate tours any day of the week,” Adams says.

While tours are typically limited to 14 guests, Granite State Growler Tours can charter larger private tours for company outings.

“We have provided private tours for up to 70 employees including a local tech startup in Nashua, and it was a blast! We plan on doing many more,” Adams says.

Originally the tours spanned New Hampshire’s tiny stretch of seacoast, from Portsmouth south to Hampton. Now, with the swath of new craft breweries on the scene, the tours have stretched from as far north as York Maine and as far south as Newburyport, Massachusetts.

“In just the past few months we’ve seen Beara Irish Brewing open in Newington, Tributary Brewing Company in Kittery, and Garrison City Beerworks open in Dover, just to name a few. The list goes on,” Adams says. “You could take four different tours in one weekend and not visit the same stop twice. It’s fun to watch the local craft beer scene grow so quickly, and we’re proud to be able to do our part to help support it by introducing new fans with every tour.”

While some past industry analysts slighted New Hampshire for lagging behind the national scene of craft brewing, the state has made up ground with leaps and bounds in the past several years, and Adams plans to see the Granite State Growler Tours company continue to expand as well.

“We’re looking at new markets, new tours, we want to keep pace. It’s a fun and exciting industry, with great people and great beer,” he says.

For more information about Granite State Growler Tours, the breweries and distilleries that they serve, or to book a tour or purchase gift certificates, visit their official website at http://www.nhbeerbus.com or call 603.964.0284.

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