Beer was central to the American Revolution: Boston's "Sons of Liberty" held their secret meetings over pints at the North End's Green Dragon Tavern. The Battle of Lexington occurred outside of the Buckman Tavern - the militia's meeting & rally point. General George Washington mandated a daily ration of 1 Quart of beer for each of his men. The Continental Congress even decreed in 1775, "beer fuels the flames burning within our armies."
Yet, beer is just the beginning.
Able Ebenezer is an homage to the inspirational actions of New Hampshire citizens who rallied behind Ebenezer Mudgett in 1772 to defy British oppression. History remembers this event as the Pine Tree Riot.
Ebenezer is the head of a large family, and works tirelessly to provide for them. He takes a chance in 1765, purchases land and settles in the newly established town of Weare to begin his own business as an ale & spirit merchant. His operation is successful and quickly expands into many industries - including logging. Ebenezer becomes a leader within the community, building many of the first meeting halls and homes with Pine Trees from his own land.
Enter the Pine Tree Law: The British - whose own nation has been deforested from excessive logging - pass a law granting any colonial White Pine tree greater than 12 inches in diameter to the British government, primarily to maintain their naval superiority. This law is considered by working colonists to be more offensive than the Stamp Act, Tea Tax & others because it directly seizes a prized commodity growing on their own property. Ebenezer - along with many others across NH - find this notion ridiculous. They continue working.
The Royal Governor assigns government officials - "Surveyors of the King's Woods" - to track down violators. Many are caught; most choose to pay the heavy fines rather than risk imprisonment. Ebenezer and those within his community refuse.
A warrant is issued for Ebenezer's arrest. On April 13, 1772, the Sheriff organizes a posse to hunt him down.
That evening, many local citizens come together at Ebenezer's home - which often doubled as a tavern - offering to help pay his fines. Instead, over pints of locally brewed ale, he rallies them to inflict a different kind of payment.
In the early hours the following morning, Ebenezer and his men arm themselves, blacken their faces, and storm the inn where the Sheriff & his deputy sleep, The officials attempt to put up a fight, but are quickly overwhelmed; they are beaten, dragged from their rooms, forced atop their horses and chased out of town to the cheers of townspeople. The Rioters are subsequently labelled "Notorious Offenders" in the press, and armed soldiers are mobilized to quell the riot.
Months later, Ebenezer and several of his leading "conspirators" are finally tracked down, captured and turned over to the New Hampshire courts. Yet, to the surprise of British loyalists - who expected the harshest of punishments for these traitors - the Judges side with the rioters and let them all go free. This marks the first event whereby both colonists and local government successfully engage in an act of civil disobedience against the British crown. The story spreads across the colonies.
The Pine Tree Riot becomes an inspiring event for the many riots to follow, including the Boston Tea Party.
The White Pine tree goes on to become a symbol used widely by the Patriots on militia and naval flags throughout the American Revolution, first seen at the Battle of Bunker Hill. New Hampshire becomes the first colony to declare independence from England; 6 months before the Continental Congress does so.
Ebenezer volunteers to fight on behalf of New Hampshire in the Revolutionary war, serving in the 1st New Hampshire Regiment under John Stark. He and other Able NH men defeat the British in upstate New York at Ticonderoga, and in Vermont at the Battle of Bennington. Following the war, he returns home to his family and his work.
Whether building a business, a movement or a new nation, Ebenezer believed he was Able for the task, risking everything for his great cause. His example of sheer individual ability is why we proudly bear the name Able Ebenezer.
BURN the SHIPS
THE SMOKED IPA | 7.0% ABV
Named after the bold tactic of legendary military leaders, BtS is our banner ale which we cannot seem to produce enough of. An IPA brewed with cherry-wood smoked malt and four varieties of hops, giving it a unique & complex flavor which balances to perfection. The Smoked IPA is like no other beer you've had before.
Like the mantra itself, BtS is an intimidating proposition up front...yet addictively fulfilling after the first taste.
Victory nor Defeat
DOUBLE IPA | 8.0% ABV
“It’s not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know Victory Nor Defeat.”
“The Man in the Arena”
VnD is what we once dreamed a beer could be, and serves as an nod to those who scoff at the critics and enter the arena. Well over a year was spent balancing and perfecting the design, which requires a great deal of care, attention to detail, and healthy dosing of 5 different hops introduced at several addition points. The result is a beer full of bold malts & citrusy, fruity hop flavors, yet balanced, clean & smooth blend from start to finish. It is perfect.
Victory Nor Defeat is not intended to represent what an IPA currently is; it represents what an IPA should be.
AMERICAN RED ALE | 4.5% ABV
One of our firm beliefs: Never forget where you came from.
As individuals, we came from all over; as a company, we came from a small cabin out in the woods of Auburn NH.
This red ale focuses on roasted specialty malts to give it a deep ruby-colored hue. Its exceptionally smooth, crisp and satisfying taste makes it a welcome alternative to the strong, bitter ales many have come to dislike about craft beer. Designed to be a beer you can drink all day. Yes, even pairs perfectly with breakfast (verified by our own R&D).
INDIA PALE ALE | 6.5% ABV
This IPA is named after the symbol we - as independent Americans - took back.
The King's Broad Arrow was one of the key contributors to the American Revolution, being stamped, carved & branded into everything the King laid claim to in the colonies; especially Pine Trees.
A robust malt profile combined with three varieties of hops creates an easy drinking India Pale Ale full of balanced, easy-drinking flavor.
COFFEE PORTER | 6.0% ABV
"Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne."
Developed by our own Jake Felton, Kilgore is the product of our partnership with A&E Custom Coffee Roastery, combining their Papua New Guinea roast with chocolate malts and a light touch of hops.
Not heavy like other traditional porters, Kilgore is as light and easy drinking as a glass of iced coffee.
SUMMER WHEAT ALE | 5.0% ABV
Who is Emma Wood?
Emma isn't a who, it's a place; a beach in California - the place our Head Brewer, Mike, told his family he was leaving home to build a brewery. As they celebrated, drinking this ale around the fire, they all chose to name her after the beach.
Light, clean & crisp, this refreshing summer ale is brewed with white wheat, orange peel & a healthy dose of hops. The bold, citrusy flavor makes her perfect on NH's hot, humid summer days.
**Released in late May
HARVEST PUMPKIN ALE | 6.0% ABV
Many in New England sent grains to the front lines during the American Revolution, forcing them to use other fermentables to make beer. Pumpkins quickly became the prime choice.
A true seasonal, in that the primary ingredient is only available one time of the year. Each batch contains over 250lbs of Sugar Pumpkins locally harvested at Sunnycrest Farm (Londonderry, NH), and roasted at New England's Tap House Grille (Hooksett, NH). Barely hopped & spiced, this ale places pumpkin - not cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, etc - as the predominant flavor. To us, this ale embodies togetherness & celebration...like coming home.
Please, no cinnamon/sugar rims.
**Released mid-October (varies with pumpkin harvest)
APRICOT AMBER ALE | 7.5% ABV
In the late 1600's, John Locke had a "crazy" idea: maybe we're all born with the same blank mind, and it's our life experiences that truly define who we are. At the time, this was a radical idea, as one's bloodline was thought to be the key factor in determining defining one's life (ie: Divine Right of Kings). He coined the term "Tabula Rasa;" Latin for "Blank Slate.
His "controversial" idea forced him to flee England, but would grow to inspire our Founding Fathers, resulting in the American Revolution.
An amber style ale that is delicately balanced with caramel, honey and fruit flavors that give it a strong, pronounced amber color. It is designed to confuse the senses while warming the soul. Tabula Rasa is in a category all its own.
**Released New Years Eve.
THE ALE ROOM
Pints, flights, growlers, Quarts, tours & more
WEEKDAYS: 4p - 8p
WEEKENDS: 12p - 8p
31 COLUMBIA CIRCLE, MERRIMACK NH | 1(844) 2BE-ABLE
Our on-site bar at the brewery serves as a place to enjoy beer, friends & stories. We feature all of our products on draft, outdoor seating in the warmer months, and Live Music every Monday night (check out our performers & upcoming schedule here).
Tours of the facility are available in the Ale Room on Friday's and Saturday's during our open hours. Ask one of our staff at the bar and a brewer will gladly show you around.
MEET THE TEAM
Head Brewer | Co-Founder
Mike is the guy that pays attention to the details, and is driven by a desire to create something real and tangible that people value; that's why he's the brewer. That, and his extensive homebrewing experience. He developed all of the company's beer recipes and also designed the company logo, having taught himself Adobe Illustrator by watching a copious amount of YouTube videos.
Mike is originally from California, and grew up in the greater Los Angeles area. He received his B.S. in Business Marketing from Sonoma State University in the Bay Area.
Following graduation from Sonoma State, Mike earned a commission in the U.S. Army. Assigned to the 1st Armored Division, he served as a Platoon Leader, Forward Observer, and Fire Direction Officer, including a deployment to Basra, Iraq. At the rank of First Lieutenant, Mike left the Army to pursue and complete an MBA from San Diego State University.
Presented with the opportunity to build a brewery of his own, he sold everything that didn't fit into the back of his pickup truck, including his beloved motorcycle, and moved to New Hampshire. Although he misses the beaches of So Cal, he knows that life only gives you so many opportunities to live it on your terms.
Engineer & Brewer | Co-Founder
Carl is a man who is passionate about individual ability, hard work, good times and great beer. He serves as the Engineer of Able Ebenezer, having designed, built and now maintaining the brewery systems/processes, as well as brewer, salesman, marketeer and manager of the daily operations.
Carl was born and raised in the greater Washington, DC area. After graduating from high school, he went on to receive his B.S. from the University of New Haven. He later performed graduate work at Tufts University (Bioengineering) and Southern New Hampshire University (MBA).
Following graduation from UNH, Carl enlisted in the US Army, where he earned a commission into the officer corps. He was assigned to the 1st US Cavalry Regiment, where he served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and finally Troop Commander, including a deployment overseas to the Rashaad Valley of Iraq. He resigned from active duty in 2011 at the rank of Captain, and made a move to find home.
Following his exit from the military, Carl was drawn to New Hampshire's unique, independent culture and “Live Free or Die” spirit. After spending a few years managing biopharmaceutical manufacturing, he left the role to pursue his dream of delivering a bold craft ale experience to his fellow citizens.
ALe Room Manager
Heather manages all operations for the Ale Room here at the brewery, which has grown into its own distinct entity with the success of the company.
Born and raised in Southern New Hampshire, she majored in Business Administration and graduated with high honors in 2010 with her Bachelor's degree from Southern New Hampshire University.
Prior to Able Ebenezer, she was the Promotional Area Manager of NH, ME, and VT for several beverage brands.
Once presented with the opportunity to join the Able team, she jumped in knowing her ideals and values closely mirrored that of the company. She looks forward to making visitors of the Ale Room a part of our ever-growing family.
Chris has lived in Derry his whole life, graduating from Pinkerton Academy in 2004. He then joined the US Air Force, becoming a jet engine mechanic for reconnaissance aircraft out of Offutt AFB, Nebraska, and deploying twice to the Middle East. He returned to NH in 2008, transferring to the AF Reserves where he ran logistics operations for both the 58th and 85th APS squadrons, deploying (again) in 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following his return to the states in 2011, Chris enrolled at Mount Washington College, earning his Bachelors Degree in business with a concentration in marketing and promotions.
He also began working at the Anheuser-Busch facility in Merrimack NH, where we worked for over 4 years. There, he learned a great deal about brewing and the beer industry. Chris joined our operations team in early 2016, bringing that knowledge, enthusiasm and love of beer to Able - as well as our family, friends and followers.
Outside of brewing and beer, Chris is passionate about music, playing in a band in his free time.
Jim was born and raised in Merrimack, NH, graduating from Merrimack High School in 2010, and Rivier University in Nashua in 2015, where he was awarded the Scholar Athlete of the Year.
He accepted a position at Iron Heart Canning Company, a role which brought him into the craft beer industry. Jim then began home brewing in the spring of 2015 and continuously seeks out opportunities to enhance his knowledge of the craft beer industry and the brewing process.
Growing up in New Hampshire, Jim has always enjoyed all that the Live Free or Die state has to offer. He spends his free time camping, hiking, fishing, snowboarding, as well as playing lacrosse and football.
Jim is currently the Varsity Boy’s Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Merrimack High School; a position he is proud to hold because it allows him to give back to his hometown community. Above all of these things, Jim finds the greatest pleasure in sharing stories with close friends and family over a few beers.
Jake has the passion and drive to push our brewery into new places, and to get our pints into new people's hands. As our first employee, he has a hand in brewing, marketing, sales, and deliveries.
Born and raised in southern New Hampshire, Jake is known by many.
Following his high school graduation, Jake joined the Army. After graduating basic training in 2007, he was assigned to the 94th Military Police Company in Londonderry, New Hampshire, where he served as a gunner. Jake deployed to Iraq from 2010-2011, and left the army in December of 2013.
During and after his time in the military, Jake worked several jobs. Each gave him different tools and ways of viewing and solving problems. From working on custom motorcycles, to managing coffee shops, to being an assistant manager at a health care facility—Jake was the perfect fit to be Able Ebenezer's "Renaissance Man."
"Everything and everyone has a story here. I am lucky enough to be able to tell them."
Yes, we run our own distribution across the Live Free or Die state.
Our Operations Team is modeled after military-QRF (Quick Reaction Force) units; specifically designed to be agile, fulfilling all orders within 24-hours - many same-day - 7 days a week. Every ounce of beer we produce comes off the line at 32-degrees F, and stored at 36-degrees F in our two large cold rooms, then pulled and delivered to the cold rooms at our partners below, on-demand. Thus, our ales are never allowed to warm until poured from the tap or Quart into your glass. The result is superior quality, consistency & freshness that mass-produced/distributed beer can never touch.
You can find our beers on tap at fine establishments throughout Southern New Hampshire, as well as Quarts of Victory nor Defeat & Burn the Ships at select specialty craft beer stores.
Licensed establishments interested in serving our ales can inquire at email@example.com.
Bedford Village Inn
River Road Tavern (Rotating)
Shorty's Mexican Roadhouse
Area 23 (Rotating)
Everyday Cafe & Pub
High Street Farmhouse (Rotating)
NE’s Tap House Grille
Central Ale House
JD's Tavern @ the Radisson
Masa Sushi & Hibachi Grill
Strange Brew Tavern
Tortilla Flat (Rotating)
Buffalo Wild Wings
Fody's Great American Tavern
O'Shea's Irish Pub & Cigar Shop
Portland Pie Company
Whole Foods Market
Molly's Tavern and Restaurant
Gordo's Burritos & Tacos
Cork N' Keg Grill
Tuckaway Tavern (Rotating)
General's Bar & Grill
Stark House Tavern
In November, 1775, at the urging of General George Washington, the Continental Congress mandated a daily ration of 1 Quart of beer per soldier within the new Continental Army, stating: "beer fuels the flames of freedom burning within our armies." Thus, we introduce BURN THE SHIPS & VICTORY NOR DEFEAT in the iconic Quart can as an ode to those who fought for our independence.
We run our canning operation every Wednesday, and deliver fresh Quarts to these select specialty craft beer stores every Thursday:
The Flying Butcher
Greg & Jane's Beer & Wine
East Derry General Store
Bert's Better Beers
Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe
Barley & Hops
The Beer Store
Craft Beer Cellar
Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
We'd love to hear from you!
BREWERY - LOCATION & Hours
31 Columbia Cir., Merrimack, NH 03054
MON - FRI : 4pm - 8pm
SAT - SUN: Noon - 8pm