"I AM ABLE"
Brewed in merrimack nh
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.
AMERICAN RED ALE | 4.5% ABV
A red style ale inspired by Irish tradition, focusing on roasted specialty malts to give it a deep ruby-colored hue. Its exceptionally smooth, crisp and satisfyingtaste makes it a delicious alternative to the strong, bitter ales one has come to expect from craft beer. Sessionable and excitable, Auburn is great for every occasion.
INDIA PALE ALE | 6.5% ABV
An IPA brewed with citrusy hops that give it a deliciously sweet flavor. Combined with caramel and specialty malts, this golden-colored ale leaves you with a refreshingly crisp finish.
SMOKED INDIA PALE ALE | 7.0% ABV
Our most popular and profound offering, BtS is an IPA brewed with cherry-wood smoked specialty malt and a bevy of complex hops to give it a unique flavor of smoke, caramel and hoppy notes that all blend and balance to perfection. Just like the mantra itself, BtS is an intimidating proposition up front...yet is addictively fulfilling after the first taste.
DOUBLE INDIA PALE ALE | 8% ABV
Victory Nor Defeat's blended base malt profile provides the perfect balance to the bevy of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors, making this beer a favorite among IPA and non-IPA drinkers alike.
**Currently only available in The Ale Room.
COFFEE PORTER | 5.0% ABV
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. You can ready the full story of Kilgore here on our blog.
**Available every Spring
BELGIAN SUMMER WHEAT ALE | 5.0% ABV
A blend of orange and lemon zest, combined with coriander in true Belgian fashion. It comes light in color and rich in flavor, partnered with strong hop undertones and a refreshing finish.
**Available every Summer
HARVEST PUMPKIN ALE | 6.0% ABV
A true seasonal, Homecoming is brewed with over 250lbs of locally grown sugar pumpkins from Sunnycrest Farm. Full-bodied and packed with pumpkin flavor, combined with a light touch of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a mix of citrus peels.
**Available every Fall.
APRICOT AMBER ALE | 7.5% ABV
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.
**Available every winter; released New Years Eve.
WEEKDAYS: 4p - 8p
31 COLUMBIA CIRCLE, MERRIMACK NH | 1(844) 2BE-ABLE
We built a place that represents us, our company and our journey; a place we enjoy sharing beer and stories with fellow Able individuals.
Prior to prohibition, every local area had a butcher, a grocer, a baker, and among many other things, a brewer. Community brewers were very common; many hosted tasting rooms where locals could come try their wares and fill growlers with their favorites to share with friends and family. Prohibition ended all of those local breweries, and it has been a several-decades long journey back to where community brewers are commonplace in NH. With this in mind, we designed our facility to include a pre-prohibition style Ale Room; a place you can come enjoy our beer right where it's made, poured by the people who make it.
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.
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.
Being the second employee and first female at Able, Heather is a woman who has a passion for sales and marketing, management, learning, new experiences, and bringing laughter and a smile to everyone she meets.
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. Being a natural people person, she works to provide visitors the best Able experience. She will also be managing marketing and events for the Ale Room.
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.
Following graduation, she quickly found her niche in promotions within the beverage industry, working as a promotional specialist. Her work as a promotional specialist soon led to a promotion as Area Manager of NH, ME, and VT. She planned executed, and managed thousands of events yearly, as well as recruited, trained, and managed hundreds of promotional staff. Her competitive nature and desire to exceed expectations ensured in helping expand the number of events executed for clients and obtaining a near perfect staffing rate.
Upon leaving her role as Area Manager, she sought out other roles within the beverage industry and when presented with the opportunity to join the Able team, she jumped knowing her ideals and values closely mirrored that of the company. She looks forward to making visitors of the Ale Room a part of the family and introducing the community to great, craft beer.
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."
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 upon his return home. There, he learned absorbed a great deal about beer, brewing, and the beverage industry. For over four years, I led people through the brewery, educating them on the various beers, brewing process and stories. 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. He also loves helping others, serving as an admin & organizer for the New Hampshire Chive.
You can find our beers on tap in fine establishments throughout Southern New Hampshire, with new locations being added weekly.
Licensed establishments interested in serving our ales can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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