In northern New England we have an expression that is quite useful in Fall: Leaf Peepers. This is defined as tourists that we can sell stuff to...from New Jersey, Massachusetts, etc...places where you figure they also have trees, but still. The economy depends on it. We have some pretty nice colors on the hills and mountains in September and October, and some would say ground zero in New Hampshire is the Kancamagas highway between Lincoln and Conway. Perhaps the prettiest area in the prettiest state in the prettiest season.
Anyway, Conway is the home of the Tuckerman Brewing Co., makers of Tuckerman Pale Ale. Tuckerman's Ravine is actually a bit north of Conway, on the back side of Mt Washington, the tallest mountain in the American northeast.
I have seen Tuckerman Pale Ale at the grocery store for years, and reached past it every time to get the Harpoon ales, which are on record as favorites of mine. Today, however, Tuckerman was on sale. It is a tiny brewery with limited distributorship in New England for the most part, especially New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Its location is also close to all of New Hampshire's big ski areas, and close to Maine and Vermonts, so this is a ski bum beer, pictured on the label too.
I was fascinated on first taste - what is this?. It tasted like a lager to me at first, then all those hops they boast of stepped in and it tasted more and more like an India pale ale, but somehow it remained a hoppy, ale/lager blend in my mind. I used to brew small batches of beer in my kitchen, and these guys warn on the label that there may be yeast goop on the bottle bottom because of in-bottle fermenting, just like home brew. This is a big plus in my mind, a reminder of the craft of brewing.
An outstanding brew, a place to visit soon also. The BAers have some questions but plenty say yea!