Henniker Brewing Company was founded in 2011 in scenic Henniker, New Hampshire. We brew beer with real New Hampshire spirit of independence, home-town pride, and hard work. Our goal is pretty simple: to bring people together, to celebrate this quirky little town we live in, and to make a living doing something we care about. And, darn it, we think we do that pretty well. Using only the finest ingredients, we craft all of our beers by hand and stake our reputation on every glass it goes into. We wouldn't have it any other way. So go ahead, pour yourself a glass! We promise you'll be coming back for more. Cheers!
Henniker Brewing Company is a proud member of the national Brewers Association since 2012.
The Only Henniker On Earth
True: no other town in the world is named Henniker. First called town No.6, and then Todd’s Town, this land grant community was named after John Henniker, a London merchant who was a friend of the Governor Wentworth. The village of about 30 families was incorporated in 1768 with active sawmills sprinkled among the hills near picturesque ponds and the curling “northerly flowing" Contoocook River. Descendants of the Mayflower reside here still. At one time, Quaker District existed and today it's meetinghouse still stands, along with many former one-roomschollhouses around town. Henniker's steeple white wood church, a covered bridge, and a doubled arches grainite bridge characterize New England hereitage and tradition.Today there are approximately 5000 residents and over 100 varied businesses.
Ocean Born Mary (Mary Wallace, nee Wilson), an early resident of Henniker, was born at sea on July 28, 1720. On that day, an attacking pirate promised to spare the shipload of colonists if he could name the newborn “Mary” after his wife. She is buried in one of Henniker’s 13 cemeteries.
Legend says the “Devil’s Footprints” were left in molten rock by a living being. Some believe an 18th century Prankster may have carved them.
We boast of musician and composer, Amy Cheny Beach. One of her symphonies was the first composed by a woman, which was performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Among her works were also choral music and piano concertos.
Edna Dean Proctor was a poetess who was acknowledged by Abraham Lincoln. Both Proctor Square and the granite-made Proctor Bridge are named for her.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer and Red Sox great Ted Williams once owned a home here in the Quaker District.
New England College, founded in 1946, is a liberal arts institution that brings about 1000 students to town plus faculty and staff. NEC provides sporting events including ice hockey, concerts and theatre productions in addition to a well-stocked library and art gallery.
Henniker’s 27,000 scenic hilly acres contain ponds, brooks, and the Contoocook River. They are utilized in all four seasons including alpine skiing and snowboarding at Pat’s Peak Ski Area, Nordic skiing, fishing, hunting, water sports, mountain-biking, hiking, and camping.
Nothing of particular historic value has happened in Henniker…and we like it that way.
Adapted from Henniker Historical Society material by Rick Hall, Country Spirit Restaurant.