New England Barley and Hops make for some unique craft beers


With a stimulating wine cellar recognized by Wine Spectator, award winning menus and a gracious relaxed setting the Manor on Golden Pond in Holderness, NH rewards even the savviest of travelers. But there is also a surprise for those looking for something a bit off the beaten path, their English-inspired Three Cocks Pub. A small intimate pub with a bar featuring a real copper surface, a baby grand piano in the corner and poultry inspired art of all forms displayed throughout, the Three Cocks Pub is a unique setting featuring a selection of micro brews and dessert and beer pairings.

Craft beer offerings, from New England include Allagash Curieux from Portland, Maine and Hennepin from the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, New York. Curieux is a tripel-style ale aged in former bourbon barrels for 8 weeks. During the aging process, the beer is transformed, acquiring soft coconut and vanilla characteristics and a hint of bourbon flavor. Pair this with a dessert of Cherry-Chocolate Financier created by the Chef Peter and you have a potent beer that supports the bittersweet chocolate of the Financier.

For a draft pairing, try the chef’s Old Time Grape-Nut Flan with Smuttynose Star Island Single, a medium bodied, golden ale featuring a modest residual sweetness from honey malt and hints of citrus and tropical fruits. Old Time Grape-Nut Flan is a oft-forgotten New England Classic featuring toasted malt cereal suspended in rich vanilla custard – a perfect dessert for pairing with this Smuttynose favorite.

Or try the Manor’s Hazelnut-Mocha Crème Brûlée a rich chocolate and coffee custard with a hint of hazelnuts and a crunchy caramel crust. Served with sweet whipped cream, cocoa dusted nuts and a Nutella-shortbread sandwich. Pair this creamy dessert with Smuttynose Old Brown Dog on draft and the deep, dark flavors of coffee and chocolate underscore the roasted malts of Smuttynose’s smooth-drinking brown ale.

 The next time you want to try something a little different, small and intimate but with local character, visit the Three Cocks Pub at the Manor on Golden Pond  And try pairing your craft beer with a dessert created by the Chef Peter to be as memorable as your visit. Located at the corner of Shepard Hill and Route 3 overlooking Squam Lake in Holderness, New Hampshire.


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