Throwback Brewery was founded by Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier in 2010 as a way to combine two passions: brewing great beer and supporting local agriculture. We started selling beer in July of 2011 and haven’t looked back since!
Co-Founder & Director of Brewing Operations
Annette is the Head Problem Solver, Chief-Optimist and certified MIT card-carrying engineer (which every good brewery needs!). Annette spent close to 20 years working as an environmental engineer before making the jump to a small brewery owner. Annette started crafting her brewing skills almost two decades ago when she borrowed a few buckets from a friend, bought the necessary ingredients, and started to homebrew. It didn’t take long for Annette to get hooked, and for friends and family to start bugging her for beer! In 2007, Annette started taking brewing courses from the renowned Siebel institute in Chicago. In 2008, she completed Siebel’s World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology, while also doing an internship at Smuttynose Brewery. In mid-2010, Annette started pursuing her dreams full-time, launching Throwback Brewery. Annette is a tireless worker, an amazing brewer, one of the smartest women you will ever meet, and truly passionate about our vision!
Co-Founder & President
Nicole is our Marketing Guru, Chief Realist, and card-carrying M.B.A, handling marketing, business strategy, social media, and technology. In October of 2020, after helping make thousands of pounds of sausage for happy Throwback customers, Nicole launched Lady Sausage – Throwback’s sassy lineup of sausage and salami. In addition to serving as our “Queen of Wien”, Nicole’s favorite aspect of owning a brewery is getting to meet and interact with all of the amazing people in the community- from the farmers, to the chefs, to the fellow brewers, and, of course, Throwback’s amazing customers. Nicole has a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Economics and Math, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She is also a former IBM executive and former President of the New Hampshire Brewers Association (2017-2019).
Our Valuable Team Members
Annette & Nicole are backed up by a small, but passionate crew of full- and part-time employees and volunteers. The whole Throwback team is not just focused on local sourcing, sustainability, and green practices because it is the hip thing to do. Rather, we have spent most of our lives trying to support local farmers and reduce our carbon footprint. Being “green” is a passion of ours, and, as a result, it is simply part of our company’s DNA. Besides, we have always been slightly more geeky than hip anyway.
We hired Chris for his work ethic, huge heart, and infectious laugh. Lucky for us, he transformed from a home-brewing banker into a really great professional brewer under Annette’s tutelage and his own insatiable drive for learning everything there is to know about brewing. Since we opened the restaurant, Chris has stepped up to take the lead on all things brewing, including recipe development and our barrel program. Chris loves music, art, great food, trying new craft beers (especially hoppy ones), and hanging out with his wife, Sara. Chris holds a BA in Studio Art from Plymouth State University.
A man of few words, yet brilliant with the one-liners, Andrew is a true beer connoisseur with an appreciation for many styles – especially Belgians, sours, and ‘barrel-aged monstrosities’. A NH native, his passion for interesting brewing experiments and unique ingredients led him to Throwback after local friends came out with Brew Hampshire a few years back. Well, Andrew was a man with a plan, figuring if he hung around long enough, he just might get a job out of it. Well played sir! Aside from beer, Andrew’s main love in life is heavy metal. Loud shows, small venues – that’s his happiness. He also writes fiction and movie scripts in his free time.
Chef Carrie comes to Throwback Brewery with a profound respect for food, where it comes from, it’s sustainability, and its relation to us as a society. Carrie is a graduate of a Le Cordon Blue culinary school, in addition to having a Bachelor of Science in Business from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Carrie’s love for food and beer started from working summers as a farm hand and spending time with her father. Most recently, Carrie was chef de Cuisine at Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, NH, where she worked for eight years, followed by briefly working at Henry’s Market Cafe in New Castle, NH. We love her ability to put a fresh spin on casual and familiar dishes- elevating them to a level that is fun, fresh, and memorable.
Michael joined us after working his way up over at The Big Bean in Newmarket, NH. Chef Carrie knew a kindred spirit when they met, and a wonderful collaboration of all things delicious was born. Michael will tell you straight out,”my love to eat delicious foods led to my love to cook delicious foods – which stemmed from the stark contrast between my grandmothers’ fresh cooking… and canned green beans.” Sounds about right. Having grown up in rural northeast Connecticut, Michael now lives in Lee with his lovely lady Lauren and their dog, Molly. If he’s not at home working in his garden to carry on all that fresh cooking, you might just be lucky enough to catch him playing live music with his band on the local music scene.
Even if we begged the kitchen gods, we don’t think we’d get a more dedicated, talented, and fun-loving crew than our beloved kitchen squad. Not only do they continually fatten us all up with their culinary skills, they also each bring new and creative ideas to our seasonally changing menu and weekly specials. And since they take turns controlling the kitchen tunes, you never know what you’re gonna get when you cruise by the line. Thank you kitchen crew – for all you do!
Jenni is one cool Seacoast native cat. Gunstock snowboard instructor extraordinaire by winter, superwoman Throwback brand ambassador year round… this woman does it all! After studying environmental and resource economics at UNH, Jenni dove straight into agriculture after realizing desk jobs were not her bag. After working as farmhand and brew crew, Jenni has found her niche in sales. Her fav Throwback brew is Spicy Bohemian – in fact that’s what brought her to us – her first legal beer on her 21st birthday was a Spicy Bo, the first craft beer she ever liked! She lives ova in Dova with her husband Matt and pitty pup Evelyn.
Marketing & Events Manager
Alissa discovered Throwback in the early days of our warehouse space. Always looking for a party, she asked if we ever hosted events. Annette responded with a convincing ‘yes?’ and the rest is history. Here at the brewpub there is always something going on and Alissa is the one to keep up with it all. With a communications degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse, Alissa collaborates with the rest of our staff to get the word out regarding all the happenings here. Passionate about beer, she loves checking out all the local breweries with her husband Steve when not spending time with their two children, Brooke and Tyler.
We’ve got a rockin’ crew here at Hobbs Farm – working hard every day to bring the freshest and most delicious veggies from our hoop houses and gardens to our kitchen, CSA members, and Farm Stand. They also bring the love to our wonderful farm animals, Jane and Rocky (our donkeys), Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy (our Nigerian pygmy goats), and our Houdan heritage breed chickens. Go Farm Team go!
Over the years since we started, we’ve been lucky enough to have a handful of very special people touch our lives. We not only thank them for their support – we want you to know their contributions as we continue on this ever-changing journey. We honor them here!
If you’ve ever been to our original tasting room in our warehouse, chances are that you have seen our friend Katherine helping out. Katherine’s a master of organization, fun, funny, and always game for adventure. Katherine has helped us out so much in the beginning that we consider her an honorary founder.
In her time at Throwback, Cheryl served as brewer, lab manager, and lay-down-the-law enforcer of cleanliness and safety in our Brew House. Cheryl came to us from UNH as lab supervisor, and has returned to UNH as their Brewery Manager running their pilot brewing minor. But she’ll always be one of us!