Architects and related professionals from around the state gathered at Throwback Brewery on Wednesday the 14th for an AIA (American Institute of Architects) New Hampshire chapter meeting. Following up on last year’s first annual “ARCHtoberfest” at Smuttynose Brewery, the event included a presentation by the brewery’s founders as well as architect Alyssa Murphy and construction manager David Baer of Milestone Engineering and Construction.
Throwback Brewery's co-founders Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier spoke about the brewery’s origins, growth and how their move to a historic farm supports their sustainability goals. They described the brewing process, focusing on strategies for waste reduction and responsible resource management. As they say at Throwback, “Drink a beer – feed a pig”; much of the solid grain byproduct is donated to local pig farmers for feed. While some breweries use as many as 10 gallons of water to produce one gallon of beer, Throwback keeps that ratio low at roughly 5:1. The liquid byproduct then passes through a series of filters in the brewery’s basement to reduce the burden on the septic system.
Alyssa’s presentation focused on the challenges of preserving a historic New England barn while upgrading portions of its structural system and transforming the barn’s function. The talk also included some of the hurdles that were overcome to realize Throwback’s vision. David Baer of Milestone described it as "the most green project I've ever worked on" due to the exceptional efforts made to re-use historic materials; the timber structure and almost all wood finishes are either original to the building or salvaged from the site.
The Manypenny Murphy team was thrilled to sit back and relax in the finished space. Guests had the chance to sample a variety of beers brewed on-site, many incorporating locally grown flavors such as the Spicy Bohemian Jalapeno Pilsner and the Peach Wit. The food, ranging from homemade bratwurst to fresh pretzels with beer and cheese dipping sauce, exemplified Throwback’s love of all things local while paying homage to the Octoberfest tradition. The dessert didn’t disappoint either – cider donuts with whipped goat cheese and a flaky apple strudel.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit Throwback yet, check it out! The owners, staff, food and most importantly, the beer, are awesome. Cheers!