Meet the Brewer: Alex Rice of Frogg Brewing
Meet the Head Brewer from Marlborough's new amphibious brewery
With more than 70 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, we spoke with Alex Rice and Stephanie Guitard from Frogg Brewing in Marlborough. Frogg Brewing was started by Michael and Stephanie Guitard, along with brewer Alex Rice.
About the Brewer
NH Magazine: What is your title at the brewery?
Alex Rice: I am the Head Brewer
NHM: How did you get into the brewing business?
AR: I was a home brewer, I also worked at WormTown in Worcester, Massachusetts, and graduated from Seibel Institute.
NHM: Why did you choose to work in New Hampshire? What do you appreciate about the craft beer scene here?
AR: I Have lived in New Hampshire all my life, and the craft beer scene is still showing growth! The amount of quality beers we are producing as a community is helping the New Hampshire craft beer scene crawl out from the shadow of surrounding states.
NHM: What styles of beer are you personally most fond of?
NHM: What’s your personal favorite of the beers that you make?
AR: Judge Juicy Triple IPA 9.9%
About the Brewery
NHM: What’s your annual production size in barrels?
NHM: When did you open to the public?
Stephanie Guitard: On October 18, 2018. One year [before the opening], my husband thought it would be fun to open a brewery up because we loved traveling to different small breweries all over the country and outside the country. My hair dresser’s fiancé loved making beer and was working at another brewery. My husband [Michael Guitard] and Alex met. Michael loved the beer he was making and after the two talked about what it would take to open a brewery, we all decided to move forward. Nine months later Frogg Brewing opened its doors to the public — it has been hard work but loads of fun!
NHM: What sets you apart from other NH breweries? What is unique about your style/mission?
AR: We like offering a variety of beers so when folks come in they can choose from IPAs, porters, stouts, browns, hefeweizen, kolsch sand much more. We have 9-10 beers on tap all the time.
We also like supporting local and small business so incorporating them into events is also fun. Ladies’ nights, paint and pints, floral making, food trucks, BBQ and beer, as well as supporting our Marlborough nonprofits. We also provide a kid-friendly atmosphere by providing games and coloring, etc.
NHM: How many beers and what styles do you offer at any given time?
AR: You can go to our website, or we are on Untapped, and currently we have nine beers.
NHM: What’s your most popular beer?
AR: For our IPA folks, it’s Swamp Thing and DIPA FBomb (that is currently being brewed for a third time), summer beer Frogg Splash watermelon wheat, and porter fans love our MUDD Frogg with chocolate.
NHM: What’s next for your brewery? Any expansions changes or upcoming milestones or events to note?
AR: Our one year anniversary is coming up October 19-20, which will include a pig roast, and we are planning to distribute one of our beers.
NHM: Where can your beer be purchased?
AR: Currently only at the brewery in 16 0z cans of anything on tap.