You wouldn’t expect a one barrel brewery to have eight beers on tap, but you wouldn’t expect an English pub-style tap room in the woods of Canterbury, NH, either. But Steve Allman isn’t about the expected.
Canterbury Aleworks is on Allman’s farm, in a structure he initially built as a wood shop. The brewery is wood-fired and water-powered, and smells of pine trees and wort. He packs a ton of personality into his 15 seat tap room. A painting his father purchased from an English pub years ago has found its way onto the wall, and a swallow glued to a coconut overlooks the bar, for Monty Python fans.
Allman hopes to create an atmosphere and an experience for patrons, harkening back to English pubs, but he doesn’t limit his beer styles to Britain. On tap while we were visiting were German kölsch and altbier styles, a Bavarian hefeweizen and an Irish red, among others.