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Meet Nicole Gray of Garrison City Beerworks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Gray.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nicole. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The brewery itself was founded about 3 years ago by Mike Nadeau in Dover, NH. Being a small nano brewery in a quickly changing beer climate in NH, there have been many changes, especially over the first years. We arrived at where the brewery is today by finding our roots in creativity and brewing things we are most passionate about. Our small scale makes innovation much more plausible than larger production facilities and has allowed us to craft a fun, inviting taproom to enjoy the ever-changing line-up of beers we offer.

Our personal past leading to the brewery is not necessarily a common one. Most of our brewery’s identity is drawn from our owners past in Engineering, Math and Science. Our head brewer Nicole homebrewed in our apartment in Cambridge, MA for over four years while working at Mount Auburn Hospital. It became clear that we had a huge passion for not only craft beer itself, but the people, the stories and work that went into small batch brewing. The time in Boston immersed us in the growing craft beer industry, specifically visiting local startups such as Nightshift and Trillium as they progressed from a glorified homebrew system to the powerhouses they are today.

We immediately fell in love with the endless possibilities of beer; it shattered the concept of merely having light American Lagers, instead, we found that it could involve fruit, spices, wild bacteria and especially hops, to create a completely unique experience. We moved to NH as we saw the area as just starting to realize the greatness of craft beer, and were eager to become a part of it in any capacity. At Garrison City, soon after starting, Nicole very quickly moved from assistant brewer to running all production, and now has a core rotation of over 12 of her recipes which hit on a variety of styles and often feature one-off variations to try out new hops, fruits or techniques.

We are constantly looking to try new things in our beers and keep a fresh, interesting lineup for visitors to our taproom to enjoy. Although Dover, NH doesn’t offer the population or draw of Portland or Boston, we get travelers from both areas into the taproom, and love being part of an exploding NH craft beer scene. Our size is likely to remain small as we always want to remember that beer is just beer, and it’s meant to be fun and bring people together.

Has it been a smooth road?
Like any company, there have been ups and downs along the way. The immense difference between craft beer and any other industry is the neighborly approach to each other. Whenever we had an issue, someone was there to lend advice or a hand.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Garrison City Beerworks story. Tell us more about the business.
Garrison City is a quirky little brewery. We specialize in hop-forward ales along with playful kettle sours and adjunct abundant stouts. Our ability to experiment with new varieties of hops due to our pint-size brewery is unique in the ever-growing industry. It’s immensely liberating to create new recipes as we see fit and not stick to a script.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
To be perfectly frank, I hope and foresee us staying a similar size. My wish is to make unique beer that people covet and enjoy. We may add more styles to our repertoire but versatility has been the name of the game since we started, I see us holding true to that mentality.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 455 Central Ave Dover, NH 03820
  • Website: garrisoncitybeerworks.com
  • Phone: 603 343 4231
  • Email: info@garrisoncitybeerworks.com
  • Instagram: @garrisoncity
  • Facebook: @garrisoncity

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