Annette with sunflower seeds malted by Valley Malt

Annette shows off the sunflower seeds malted by Valley Malt! These are so tasty – very nutty in aroma & flavor.

Although Summer officially ends about two thirds of the way through the month of September, it often seems like the unofficial end of Summer is the end of August. After all, by the last week of August, school is back in session, days are getting shorter, and nights are getting a bit cooler. Before Summer leaves us, we thought we would make the most of these warm and toasty days with a little Solarbration! Starting Wednesday, August 24th and running through Sunday, August 28th, we are going to have a week of sun-inspired activities and beers – think sunny beers, paddleboarding, and even a ceremonial signing of a solar bill here by Governor Hassan!

Here’s what we have planned so far:

Wednesday, August 24th – Release of Sunflowers & Hoppiness

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what the sunflowers do. – Helen Keller

Perhaps a little know fact, but Valley Malt (in Hadley, MA) not only malts the vast majority of the base malt that we use, but they also farm over 75 acres as well. Given that they are big believers in crop rotation, they grow other crops besides barley and wheat – including sunflowers! The last time we were visiting Valley Malt in Hadley, MA, co-founder Andrea asked us if we wanted to try brewing with malted sunflower seeds. The answer was, of course, a big, resounding ‘Yes!’.

So if a bright, sunny, sessionable, nutty, citrusy, and lemony beer sounds good to you, stop by on Wednesday, August 24th (4-9pm) for our release of Sunflowers & Hoppiness, which will contain sunflower seeds grown and malted by Valley Malt. If the beer turns out as delicious as the malted seeds are, then we are all in for a real treat!

Thursday, August 25th – Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson with Summer Sessions & Granite State Growler Tours

Surf's up!

One thing we have always wanted to try is stand up paddleboarding. Rather than just take a solo lesson, we thought it would be much more fun to take lessons with a bunch of folks and grab a beer afterwards together. So here’s the plan – on Thursday, August 25th, meet & leave from Throwback Brewery at 5:15pm. You’ll get a nice, cozy ride to the beach on the Granite State Growler tour bus (so no need to worry about beach parking!).We’ll then have an hour lesson and head back here for a pint, which is included in the price of the ticket. Solo lessons are normally $60 and semi-private lessons are $50. We are going to charge $55 for the lesson (with paddleboard and wetsuit rental), bus ride to the beach and back on the Granite State Growler tour bus (priceless! :), and a pint of your choice (which, including tax, can range anywhere from $5.45 to $6.80). Here is what the detailed schedule will look like:

  • 5:15 pm: Leave Throwback Brewery on the Granite State Growler Tour bus
  • 5:30 pm: Arrive at Summer Sessions in Rye. Get equipped with a board, paddle, and, if you choose, a wetsuit.
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm: Lesson! Summer Sessions has a 3 to 1 student to instructor ratio, so even if we end up with 14 people wanting to take a lesson, you can be assured that you will get proper attention & instruction.
  • 7:20pm-ish: Arrive back at Throwback Brewery. We’ll give you a free token for a pint that you can use that night, or any other night we are open.

The lesson will happen rain or shine (since we will be getting wet anyways). If it happens to be lightening outside, we will pick a rain date. Get your tickets here –

Friday, August 26th – Ceremonial Signing of HB116 by Governor Hasson 

On Friday, August 26th at 9:30am, Governor Hassan will be coming over to do a ceremonial signing of HB116, which is also known as the net energy metering bill. Since the bill was officially signed already, this event is really just an excuse to celebrate the tireless work of many to help grow a clean energy economy here in New Hampshire. For those of you unfamiliar with this bill, HB116 doubles the net metering cap, which was needed to promote growth of solar in the granite state. Anyone is welcome to come over and watch the signing.

A copy of the bill can be found here.

Saturday, August 27th – Release of a few ‘Sunny’ / Summery Cask beers

For Saturday, August 27th, we are going to release a few casks that make us think Summer and Sun. First up, a sumac sour. We expect the sumac to add light berry tea notes to our tart and crisp sour. Second, we are adding nasturtium flowers from Meadow’s Mirth Farm to our blonde ale. Should add some fun, peppery notes!

Sunday, August 28th -A Sun-inspired Chef’s Whim

In addition to our weekly 11am yoga session (which you can try out your Sun Salutations), we are going to have a sun-inspired Chef’s Whim as well. Chef is currently working on the menu, but there’s been rumors of Sungold tomato tarts and more!

We hope everyone is enjoying their Summer. We look forward to doing a little solarbrating with you!