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"I AM ABLE"

Brewed in merrimack nh

 

 

THE STORY

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.

Marking Pines with the King's Broad Arrow by the Surveyor of the King's Woods.

Marking Pines with the King's Broad Arrow by the Surveyor of the King's Woods.

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.

Pine Tree Riot Monument in Weare, NH.

Pine Tree Riot Monument in Weare, NH.

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.

"The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill," by John Trumbull. Note the Pine Tree Flag flying above General Warren & his men. Trumbull witnessed the battle. 

"The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill," by John Trumbull. Note the Pine Tree Flag flying above General Warren & his men. Trumbull witnessed the battle. 

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. 

THE BEER

BURN the SHIPS

THE SMOKED IPA | 7.0% ABV

Named after the bold tactic of legendary military leaders, BtS is an IPA brewed with cherry-wood smoked malt and four varieties of hops, giving it a unique & complex flavor which balances to perfection. Just like the mantra itself, BtS is an intimidating proposition up front...yet found to be addictively fulfilling after the first taste.

You can read the complete saga of "Burn the Ships" here.

 


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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 darling greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know Victory Nor Defeat.”

Theordore Roosevelt
“The Man in the Arena”
1910

VnD is what we once dreamed a beer could be, and serves as an homage 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.

You can read more on what Victory nor Defeat means to us here.


Auburn

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).


BROAD ARROW

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. 


ROTATING BRANDS

Kilgore

COFFEE PORTER | 5.0% 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."

Kurt Vonnegut

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.

**Released every March


EMMA WOOD

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 every May


Homecoming

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)

 


TABULA RASA

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."

He then fled England, banished for his thoughts. His idea, however, grew 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

OPEN EVERYDAY
Pints, flights, growlers, tours & more

WEEKDAYS: 4p - 8p
WEEKENDS: 12p-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.

 

MEET THE TEAM

Mike Frizzelle

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.


Carl Soderberg

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.


Heather Martin

Sales Manager

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 Felton

"Renaissance Man" - Operations

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 ClemenT

"Proteus" - Operations

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. He also loves helping others, serving as an admin & organizer for the New Hampshire Chive.

THE DISTRIBUTION

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 info@ableebenezer.com.

Auburn

Auburn Pitts

BEDFORD

Copper Door
Bedford Village Inn
River Road Tavern (Rotating)
Shorty's Mexican Roadhouse

Concord

Area 23 (Rotating)
Barley House (Rotating)

Contoocook

Everyday Cafe & Pub

Deerfield

Nine Lions Tavern

Derry

Hilltop Spot

Exeter

3 Brother's Marketplace

Fitzwilliam

Fitzwilliam Inn

GOFFSTOWN

High Street Farmhouse

HAMPTON

Barley House

HOOKSETT

NE’s Tap House Grille

KEENE

Lab n' Lager
The Pour House

MANCHESTER

Cotton
Hanover Street Chophouse
Last Chapter Pub (SNHU)
Masa Sushi & Hibachi Grill
Mint Bistro
Murphy’s Taproom
Puritan Backroom
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Shorty's Mexican Roadhouse
Strange Brew Tavern
Thirsty Moose

MERRIMACK

Pacific Fusion
Sweet Ginger
Tortilla Flat

MILFORD 

Bar One
Olde Kilkenney Pub
J’s Tavern

NASHUA

Boston Billiards
Buffalo Wild Wings
Burton's Grill
Chunky's Cinema & Pub
Country Tavern
Fody's Great American Tavern
Longhorn Steakhouse
MT's Local Kitchen (Rotating)
Nashua Garden (Rotating)
O'Shea's Irish Pub & Cigar Shop
Penuche's Ale House (Rotating)
Pig Tale
Portland Pie Company
Riverside BBQ
Thirsty Turtle
Whole Foods Market

NEW BOSTON

Molly's Tavern and Restaurant

Pelham

Chunky's Cinema & Pub

Peterborough

Bantam Grill

PORTSMOUTH

Rí Rá Irish Pub (Rotating)
Thirsty Moose (Rotating)

Raymond

Gordo's Burritos & Tacos
Cork N' Keg Grill
Tuckaway Tavern

WEARE

General's Bar & Grill
Stark House Tavern

THE QUART

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.

Read the full story behind the Quart - authored by Head Brewer, Mike Frizzelle - here.

Your daily ration; the perfect reward for a hard-day's work.

Your daily ration; the perfect reward for a hard-day's work.

We run our canning operation every Wednesday, and deliver fresh Quarts to these select specialty craft beer stores every Thursday:

Amherst

The Flying Butcher

Epping

Greg & Jane's Beer & Wine

Derry

East Derry General Store

HOOKSETT

Bert's Better Beers

KEENE

Brewtopia

LONDONDERRY

Lazy Dog Beer Shoppe

MILFORD

Barley & Hops

NASHUA

The Beer Store
Craft Beer Cellar

RAYMOND

Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery

CONTACT US, WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.


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