"I AM ABLE"
Brewed in merrimack nh
The Able Ebenezer Brewing Company opened its doors in the summer of 2014, when former US Army Officers and aspiring entrepreneurs - Carl & Mike - set out to pursue their ambitions. Motivated by their combined abilities, inspired by local New Hampshire revolutionary history, and driven by their love of beer, the Able Ebenezer Brewing Company was formed.
Able Ebenezer is branded after the inspirational actions of local 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 a colonial citizen from southern NH, and known within the community as a hard-working businessman. New Hampshire being a state rich in tall Eastern White Pine trees, Ebenezer makes his living running his own logging operation.
Enter the Pine Tree Law: In the 1700’s, the British (whose nation had become completely deforested from extensive logging) pass a law mandating any White Pine tree in New England greater than 12 inches in diameter is officially property of the British government. This law is considered by working colonists to be more offensive than the Stamp Act and Tea Tax because it directly seizes a prized colonial commodity that grows on their own land. Ebenezer - along with many others in NH - refuse to abide by the law.
It is under this law that British law enforcement issues a warrant for the arrest of Ebenezer, who is found in severe violation by possessing 270 logs ranging from 17-36 inches in diameter. He would be made an example of.
They organize a posse in Derryfield (now Manchester), and head west to hunt down Ebenezer. On the evening of April 13, 1772, Ebenezer rallies his fellow citizens at a local tavern, stating they shouldn't be forced to blindly give up what is rightfully their property. The dozens of men gathered around him agree.
In the early hours following morning, Ebenezer and his men arm themselves, blacken their faces, and storm the inn where the British sleep, The officials attempt to put up a fight, but are overwhelmed quickly; they are beaten, dragged from their rooms and forced out of town to the cheers of townspeople. The rioters are subsequently labelled "notorious offenders" in the press, and armed soldiers are mobilized to find them.
After months, Ebenezer and several of his leading conspirators are finally tracked down, captured and turned over to the New Hampshire courts. To the surprise of British loyalists, who expected the harshest of punishments for the rioters, the Judges let them all go free. Thus, this marks the first event whereby both colonists and local government successfully engage in an act of civil disobedience against the British crown.
The Pine Tree Riot becomes an inspiring event for the many riots that follow, including the Boston Tea Party. Further, the White Pine tree goes on to be a symbol used widely on New England militia and naval flags throughout the American Revolution, first seen at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Ebenezer volunteers to fight on behalf of New Hampshire in the Revolutionary war, serving in the 1st New Hampshire Regiment under John Stark. He fought and defeated the British in upstate New York at Ticonderoga, and in Vermont at the Battle of Bennington.
For these reasons - the courageous actions of a common citizen and his display of sheer individual ability - we establish ourselves as the Able Ebenezer Brewing Company.
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. Local and regional brewers were very common, and many hosted tasting rooms where local citizens could come try their wares and fill growlers with their favorites to share with friends and family. Prohibition ended all of those local brewers, and it has been a several-decades long journey back to where brewers are commonplace in NH. With this in mind, we designed our facility to include a pre-prohibition style ale room; where 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 email@example.com.
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