Meet the Brewer: Long Blue Cat Brewing Company's Jason Knight
The seasoned brewer at the Londonderry spot talks shop
With more than 65 craft breweries spread across the state (and new ones opening seemingly every week), it’s no secret that New Hampshire is home to some great beer. To help you get to know some of the Granite State’s favorite sudsy spots, we’re implementing a new series of “Meet the Brewer” profiles to introduce you to our top-notch New Hampshire breweries and the men and women behind them.
For our latest profile, meet Jason Knight, co-owner and former home brewer with his childhood friend and co-owner/brewer Shane Sorenson. The longtime inseparable pair started building BMX bikes together at a young age before starting their own craft beer company. The 750 barrel-per-year facility crafts both microbrew and craft brew beers. Sorenson and Knight originally aimed to craft great tasting beer for friends and family to enjoy. However, they were inspired by the growing New Hampshire craft beer scene and wanted to experiment with new methods, flavors and ingredients to bring crisp, quality beer for the entire Granite State.
About the Brewer
New Hampshire Magazine: What is your title at the brewery?
Jason Knight: Co-owner/brewer and Shane Sorenson co-owner/brewer.
NHM: How did you get into the brewing business/ what was your inspiration?
JK: I was in home brewing for a few years. I absolutely love making and consuming beer!
NHM: Why did you choose to work in New Hampshire? What do you appreciate about the craft beer scene here?
JK: First of all, I live here and have my whole life. Shane moved to Arizona and was a cook and a chef at a brewpub. He moved back to New Hampshire and became a contractor. We both wanted a change and we started getting serious about brewing. Here we are!
NHM: What style of beer are you personally most fond of?
NHM: What’s your personal favorite of the beers you make?
JK: Latchkey IPA. It is by far our most popular beer.
About the Brewery
NHM: What is your annual production size, in barrels?
NHM: When did you open to the public?
JK: December 6, 2017
NHM: What sets you apart from other New Hampshire Breweries? What’s unique about your style or mission?
JK: We are working with the community to source as many of our ingredients for food and beer from local farmers or vendors. Our spent grain is also made into dough and dog treats, with most going to a local pig farmer to feed their pigs and chickens.
NHM: How many beers and what styles do you offer at any given time?
JK: We have eight beer taps so we have eight on at any time, mostly traditional beers like stouts, porters, IPAs, ales and lagers. The beer menu is available here.
NHM: What’s your most popular beer?
JK: Latchkey IPA - a citrus-y New England-style IPA.
NHM: What’s next for your brewery? Any expansions/changes or upcoming milestones or events to note?
JK: We plan on expanding up to the second floor of our free-standing, two-story building, and having a full restaurant and bar with outdoor seating next year. This year, we plan on building a nice outdoor patio with a fire pit and small stage for entertainment outside.
NHM: Where can your beer be purchased?
JK: Right now just in our bar/tasting room, but soon it will be at local beer stores and restaurants that specialize in selling and serving craft beers.
Grab a delicious beer (I recommend the Knolltop Maple Brown Ale) and some friends, and have a great time with live music, games and a friendly staff at The Long Blue Cat Brewing Company.