Video: Iron Heart’s mobile canning operation at Concord Craft Brewing Co.
Dec12

Video: Iron Heart’s mobile canning operation at Concord Craft Brewing Co.

It’s not every day that you’re invited to a brewery at 9 in the morning, so when that opportunity presented itself to us last week, of course we had to take advantage. Perhaps surprisingly, we weren’t there to drink this time – and by there, we mean Concord Craft Brewing Co. No, we stopped by the Storrs Street brewery because we wanted to check out the mobile canning operation run by Iron Heart Canning live and in person. Iron Heart...

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Interested in learning how to home brew?
Dec12

Interested in learning how to home brew?

Have you ever wondered how your favorite beers are made? Or what is required to take all those ingredients and combine them in a way that produces a delicious tasting adult beverage? And is it possible to replicate it at home? Well, you’re not alone in that line of thinking. And it just so happens there is a club that will help answer any and all questions you may have when it comes to making beer yourself in the comforts of home. The...

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It’s quite the process to make a batch of beer
Dec12

It’s quite the process to make a batch of beer

Since opening the doors in April of last year, Lithermans Limited has seen its fair share of milestones. They have graduated from only being able to serve flights – small tasters of their beers – to offering up full pints of their tasty creations. They now serve food and recently expanded their tap room. And just last week, Lithermans brewed a double batch for the first time, using their brand new seven barrel fermenter. The fermenter...

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There are lots of places to get tasty  craft beer
Dec12

There are lots of places to get tasty craft beer

We all know about the plethora of options for places to grab a beer around here – you can get out of work and stop by the Barley House, Penuche’s, Dos Amigos, The Red Blazer, The Draft, etc. – but what about good places to stock up for the weekend? We thought you’d never ask. It turns out that there are quite a few places to pick up packs of cold ones around here. Pretty much every grocery store and convenience store in the city sells...

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We like having choices when it comes to beer
Dec12

We like having choices when it comes to beer

For the longest time, one of the biggest knocks on Concord was that there were not any local breweries to frequent. Well, that has greatly changed all within the last two years thanks to the addition of not one, but two local spots that make some pretty tasty beers. Lithermans Limited opened its doors at 126 Hall St. Unit B in April of 2016, while and Concord Craft Brewing Co. became a new addition to the downtown scene at 117 Storrs...

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Play in a mini tournament at Beaver Meadow
Dec12

Play in a mini tournament at Beaver Meadow

If you’re someone who likes to spend your warm weather days wandering around a golf course hitting tiny white balls, you might be going through a little withdrawal right about now. It’s going to be several long and cold months until the snow clears and the ground thaws where you can get back out on the links – unless you take a vacation to a much warmer climate. But we’ve got a solution to your golf blues that won’t adversely affect...

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Live music, theater and entertainment listings for Concord
Dec12

Live music, theater and entertainment listings for Concord

Surprise, surprise – there’s another week packed with live entertainment on the horizon right here in Concord. Between a slew of bar bands, holiday shows and a bit of magic, this should be another good week to get out there and be entertained. Most music shows are free unless otherwise noted, but check with the venue before you head out to make sure.   Music Wednesday Joel Cage will play at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m....

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On Display: Don’t miss the Kimball Jenkins student show
Dec12

On Display: Don’t miss the Kimball Jenkins student show

For the month of December, Kimball Jenkins is celebrating its students with a featured show, with work from about 80 students. As you can see, it’s worth a visit. 

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Food Snob: Bao tacos and a glass of Merlot at Whiskey & Wine
Dec12

Food Snob: Bao tacos and a glass of Merlot at Whiskey & Wine

It kind of snuck up on us, but downtown Concord now has a brand new bar and restaurant called Whiskey & Wine, and it’s in a prime location right as you turn onto North Main Street from Center Street/Loudon Road. On the ground floor of the recently renovated Remi’s Block, Whiskey & Wine opened quietly a couple weeks ago, so we had to get down there to check it out. As its name implies, the place is big on both whiskey and wine...

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This Instagram user shared a nice shot of the view from her office
Dec12

This Instagram user shared a nice shot of the view from her office

We were poking around Instagram last week when we came upon this stunning shot showing the First Church of Christ, Scientist on School Street from a high vantage point. Upon further inspection (i.e., reading the caption), we realized that this photo was taken from user @wandering_gynger’s new office. With a view like that, it’s hard to complain about going to work every day. At the Insider pod, we have to stand up just to look out the...

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Go Try It: Make some art for Love, Lust and Desire
Dec12

Go Try It: Make some art for Love, Lust and Desire

Are you an established artist or someone who merely likes to create paintings or drawings in your free time? Have you always wanted to be a part of a really cool exhibit that tons of people look at, but don’t really know how to get involved? Well, might we suggest submitting your work for McGowan Fine Art’s 10th annual Love, Lust and Desire show. It’s a community grab bag of a show that is ever changing. And you don’t have to be an...

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Concord Young Professionals Network: Jonathan Stallsmith loves to be outdoors
Dec12

Concord Young Professionals Network: Jonathan Stallsmith loves to be outdoors

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Jonathan Stallsmith. Each month, the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks Concord Insider readers would enjoy getting to know better. How old are you? 31. Where do you live? Laconia. Where do you currently work? I’m building my own business through a...

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Concord is home to some great art
Dec12

Concord is home to some great art

Concord is home to lots of great locations to see some incredible art. So that means at any given time, there will be a wide range of work on display all over the city. It’s hard keeping track of all the shows, hours you can view them and how long they’ll be around. So we’ve compiled this trusty list for you, so you can concentrate on checking out the art. McGowan Closer: Gary Haven Smith and Bert Yarborough Through Dec. 22 Hours:...

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Youth forum at Concord High
Dec12

Youth forum at Concord High

  The New Hampshire Legislative Youth Advisory Council is sponsoring a youth forum on Saturday in the Concord High School auditorium. The forum will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and admission is free. The purpose of the forum is: To empower youth as leaders; provide an opportunity for students to be heard on public policy issues important to youth; and discuss issues with legislators and students to make changes that benefit youth...

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Bulletin Board
Dec12

Bulletin Board

Tour the Concord Police Department The Concord Chats series continues on Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a tour of the Concord Police Department. According to the history of the Concord Police Department, the first Concord Constable was elected in 1732. In 1909 police equipment consisted of “an ambulance, patrol wagon, light driving wagon, motorcycle, and a horse.” And by 1953, the “first female police matron was hired to serve as a...

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Book of the Week: ‘Saints for All Occasions’
Dec12

Book of the Week: ‘Saints for All Occasions’

Saints for All Occasions J. Courtney Sullivan 2017, 352 pages Fiction   Sisters Nora and Theresa Flynn are nothing alike. Nora is reserved, shy and responsible. Theresa is exuberant, mischievous and always ready for a good time. But the distance between their personalities does not impact their closeness as sisters and friends. So when Theresa becomes pregnant out of wedlock after they’ve resettled in Dorchester, Mass., from Ireland...

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This Week in Concord History
Dec12

This Week in Concord History

Dec. 12, 1991: Campaigning in Concord for her husband, Hillary Clinton tells a reporter how she and Bill Clinton have prepared their daughter Chelsea for the negativity of a presidential campaign: “We’ve told her to be ready for it. We try to take criticism – fair or unfair – seriously but not personally,” Hillary Clinton says.   Dec. 12, 1996: Free agent pitcher Bob Tewksbury of Concord signs with the Minnesota Twins, his sixth...

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We found some pretty wild Christmas light displays around Concord
Dec05

We found some pretty wild Christmas light displays around Concord

There’s still no snow on the ground around here, but that hasn’t stopped many of you from getting into the holiday spirit. Admittedly, we don’t have a real scientific way to gauge the level of holiday spirit in the community, but looking for light and decoration displays is one indicator that’s usually pretty reliable. Given the amount of time, energy and, in many cases, money that goes into some of these displays, we have a hard time...

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Need a Yankee swap gift for your next party?
Dec05

Need a Yankee swap gift for your next party?

One of the best parts of a holiday get-together, whether it be with family and friends or with the crew from work, is the Yankee swap. It’s all about the element of surprise, because you get to bring something unique that will appeal to the entire group, but you don’t want to bring the gift that someone gets “stuck with.” And we know you don’t have a ton of free time, so we meandered around Main Street to see what we could find for...

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Tips for an inexpensive holiday decoration
Dec05

Tips for an inexpensive holiday decoration

For the Insider It’s time to decorate the exterior of your home for the holidays and we all know that it can get a bit expensive when you want to put decorative greenery on your doors, lamp posts, etc. Why not make your own swags for instance? Evergreens, whether pine, spruce or fir have symbolized Christmas throughout history. Typically we associate Christmas greens as the Christmas tree itself proudly decorated and displayed inside...

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Get in the giving spirit
Dec05

Get in the giving spirit

We’re probably a lot alike in the fact that we can’t wait for Christmas morning to come. There’s nothing quite like walking up to the ol’ tree all sleepy-eyed and seeing a pile of presents all neatly wrapped, waiting to be torn open. But unfortunately, there are many out there not as fortunate to have more than a single present to open. Some families don’t have the ability to buy anything to go under the tree. It’s sad, but there’s a...

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Video: St. Paul’s ballet to perform ‘Nutcracker Act II’
Dec05

Video: St. Paul’s ballet to perform ‘Nutcracker Act II’

Well before Zoë Dienes decided to attend St. Paul’s School, she would go each December with her family to the free performance of The Nutcracker Act II and watch the dancers glide across the stage. “I would dream I was up there,” Dienes said. But she no longer has to fantasize about being in the school’s ballet company – she’s already living that dream. And now Dienes, a Concord native, is the one who could be an inspiration to young...

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We found some tasty holiday sweets around Concord
Dec05

We found some tasty holiday sweets around Concord

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – that time when bakeries and other eateries start rolling out the Christmas cupcakes, cookies, pastries, danishes and anything else that’s sweet and can somehow be vaguely associated with the biggest holiday of the year. In one of the tougher assignments anyone has ever taken on, we went out last week to see who had what in terms of the holiday sweets, and how they tasted. Our first stop was...

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Check out these handy Christmas craft ideas at Art Plus
Dec05

Check out these handy Christmas craft ideas at Art Plus

Now that it’s officially December, there’s only one thing on everybody’s mind: Christmas, and more importantly, Christmas shopping. Whether you’re a kid who’s working on perfecting your list or a parent who’s trying to check off every last item, these next few weeks are sure to be a mad scramble for the majority of the public. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s an old (and somewhat cheesy) saying, but the best gifts are often...

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Take an easy hike on the West End Farm Trail
Dec05

Take an easy hike on the West End Farm Trail

As the days get a little shorter and the temperature continues to drop, odds are you’re spending less and less time outside. But it doesn’t have to be that way. And the Concord Trails Committee is doing its part to keep you active – and outdoors. The group’s monthly hikes series continues with an excursion on the West End Farm Trail on Saturday and whoever wants to join is invited. Rob Knight will lead the hike on what is billed as...

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Tim sure is looking like a brand new man
Dec05

Tim sure is looking like a brand new man

Over my four years at the Insider, you may have noticed there’s been little change to the way my hair looks. Outside of letting it grow long and shaggy for a few months and then getting it chopped into what equates to an adult-inspired bowl cut, there’s never been a lot to it. I’ve pretty much had the same thing for all of my adult life – and a good chunk of my teenage years, except for that long-haired grunge phase I went through my...

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Bulletin Board
Dec05

Bulletin Board

Double feature with film society The NHTI Film Society will host a canoeing and kayaking double feature on Friday, Paddle for the North (Not Rated, 2015, 53 mins.) and – back by popular demand – Kayaking the Aleutians (Not Rated, 2017, 70 mins.). The screening will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sweeney Auditorium. Admission is by donation ($5 suggested); free with an NHTI student ID. For more information, contact Steve Ambra at 271-6484...

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Poster contest winner earns pizza for class
Dec05

Poster contest winner earns pizza for class

Local third graders celebrated America Recycles Day, held on Nov. 15, by participating in a recycling poster contest hosted by Concord General Services. Concord General Services manages trash and recycling services for the community and has successfully reduced trash tonnage by 40 percent in Concord since the introduction of Pay-As- You-Throw trash bags in 2009. Unit-based pricing methods, such as pay-as- you-throw, have proved to...

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Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord
Dec05

Live music, theater and movie listings for Concord

As it is officially the month of Christmas now, the entertainment calendar is jam-packed with shows that fit that bill. Between holiday concerts and plays, it looks to be a very festive week ahead in Concord. Most music shows are free, but check with the venue before heading out to see whether there will be a cover charge.   Music Thursday -Granite State Revival will be joined by Walker Smith at Penuche’s at 8:30 p.m. for a...

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N.H. nature photographs at Forest Society
Dec05

N.H. nature photographs at Forest Society

During his adventures in the forests of New Hampshire, photographer Ken MacGray has been drawn to the sights and sounds of water. So much so, MacGray has an entire exhibit dedicated to its natural beauty at the Forest Society that you can see through the end of the month. 

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