MANCHESTER, N.H. — A warm, grainy smell greets you when you walk through the door and lay eyes on a 23-year-old man in a worn Redhook Brewing T-shirt and woolen beanie. You’re looking at the proprietor of New Hampshire’s first licensed “nanobrewery.”
Step inside and turn your head left, then right. You’ve just taken the tour of Thomas Neel’s Candia Road Brewing Co. & Nepenthe Ale House. His establishment is one of seven super-small commercial breweries that have opened in New Hampshire since it became the first state to recognize nanobreweries with a law differentiating them from larger-scale beverage manufacturers.