Best of NH 2020 Breweries, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails & Bars

Whether you're in the mood for a local brew or want a craft cocktail, these winners have you covered.

Editor’s Picks


Rek’•lis Brewing Company in Bethlehem. Photo by Joe Klementovich

Beer and Burritos

by Joek100x100Joe Klementovich
Hands down, Rek’•lis Brewing Company in Bethlehem is the best spot north of my house to get a beer. The beer list changes so fast you’ll barely have time to finish one before another takes its place. Ian Dowling and Marlaina Renton have done a great job focusing on beer, but they haven’t skimped on creating great menu items either. A beer and burrito — what’s not to like? Go for the beer and hang out for the live music or the outside seating.

Overall Restaurant/Bar Experience


by Peter Jude Ricciardi
When you stop into the Railpenny Tavern in Epping, you’ll discover what makes this spot so unique. It’s the perfect combination of fun, high-quality food, craft beer, innovative cocktails and friendly people — as in, people who are genuinely happy to see you. Whether it’s your first visit or your 71st, the staff and customers make everyone welcomed and valued. Seriously, there is nothing on the menu that isn’t carefully made, but this is where the locals and people who are simply passing through on their way to someplace else go. A stop here always feels like home, and that is what makes it a Best of New Hampshire spot.

Cocktail Dreaming


by Erica Thoits
During the stay-at-home order, I’ve been trying to recreate some of my favorite cocktails. Results are mixed (sorry not sorry for the pun). There’s just no replacing the kinds of inventive drinks the talented crew at 815 Cocktails & Provisions in Manchester dream up. Not to mention that my kitchen island is a poor substitute for the long bar, and my couch, which is mostly claimed by the cat, is just not the same as this speakeasy-style spot’s cozy nooks. I’ll keep trying, but I look forward to the day when someone else can take over the shaker.

Oldie but a Goodie


by Joe Klementovich
The gang at Tuckerman Brewing Company in Conway have really stepped up their game with the addition of outdoor music, and even a Lumberjack Festival held on the front lawn. On weekends and some weeknights, you’ll find local food trucks, so the bites are always varied and tasty. If you’d rather sit by the bar, you can look through the glass wall and watch water turn into beer. Either way, it’s a great spot to enjoy a cold and classic New Hampshire beer.

Readers’ Poll Winners

Becca Paine, Machina Arts: Kitchen & ArtBar

Beer Store
Bert’s Better Beers

Brewery Overall
603 Brewery

Brewery Concord Area
Lithermans Limited Brewery

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

Brewery Great North Woods Region
Copper Pig

Brewery Lakes Region
Kettlehead Brewing Company

Brewery Manchester Area
Backyard Brewery & Kitchen

Brewery Monadnock Region
Branch and Blade Brewing Company

Brewery Nashua Area
Spyglass Brewing Company

Brewery Seacoast Region
Stoneface Brewing Co.

Brewery White Mountains Region
Woodstock Inn Brewery
North Woodstock

Backyard Brewery & Kitchen

Machina Arts: Kitchen & ArtBar

Tamworth Distilling

The Copper Door
Bedford and Salem

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

Restaurant With Best Beer List Multilocation Local
The Thirsty Moose Taphouse
Multiple Locations

Restaurant With Best Wine List
Bedford Village Inn

LaBelle Winery
Amherst and Portsmouth

Wine Shop
WineNot Boutique

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