SCHILLING Beer Co. - Littleton, NH

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"Far better it is to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure,
than to...live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

- Theodore
Roosevelt

Schilling Beer Co. is the embodiment of a dream that three brothers, their father, and best friend conceived over 15 years ago—an aspiration to join together in Northern New Hampshire to spend their days pursuing family, community and excellence through crafting word-class European-inspired beers. Our expert staff of brewery and food service professionals–our Schilling Family–plays an indispensable role in realizing this dream daily.

“It gives us, the Schilling family, tremendous joy to share our dream with you in every pour.”

About Schilling Beer Co.

Brewing progressive European-inspired beers is our passion. These beers reflect our experiences of living and traveling extensively throughout continental Europe, the warmth of family and friendships, and the values and intentionality that define our beers and our future.

Our Brewery

We brew on a custom North American-built five-vessel, decoction-capable, 20-barrel brewhouse.  We designed and built this unique system in order to generate the depth of character that you see today across the spectrum of our offerings. This distinct investment in quality sets Schilling Beer Co. apart. We also maintain a vibrant and growing wild/spontaneous beer program on the river level of our new production brewery.  Many of these special releases will never be distributed beyond our onsite Store & Tasting Room and co-located brewpub.

Resilience

Our tireless pursuit of world-class beer does not end with lagers or wild fermentations. In 2015, we launched Resilience, our American ale project, to showcase a new perspective on exquisite hoppy ales. You will find in Resilience liquids the same attention to detail and progressive application of raw materials (including truly special hop schedules) that you do in our Schilling Beer Co.-branded beers.

Unrivaled Experience

We believe that enjoying fresh Schilling Beer Co. and Resilience beers in our award-winning brewpub and Store & Tasting Room offers a completely unique and unrivaled drinking experience.  Both buildings (located adjacent to one another) allow us to showcase our passion for brewing and love of the North Country.  The brewpub is a tastefully renovated 18th-century grist mill overlooking the Ammonoosuc River featuring 16 Schilling Beer Co. and Resilience draught lines; table-side bottle service; an upstairs beer hall available for events; and a locally-inspired wood-fired pizza kitchen.  There is also an expansive seasonal beer garden with available table service.

Juxtaposed against the 225 year-old brewpub is our Scandinavian farmhouse-inspired Store & Tasting Room, intentionally designed to reflect the ever-present tension between classical brewing techniques and tasteful innovation that defines our brewery.  Expansive decks with sweeping river views and a wood-burning fireplace provide an unparalleled sensory experience that merges our delight in artisan brewing with our love of the North Country’s pristine environment, progressive design and, we hope, the warmth of friendship. Our food truck is parked outside during the warmer months, offering beer-friendly street food.

Distribution

We distribute our beer in limited quantities to carefully selected craft beer retailers in Vermont through Vermont Beer Shepherd; New York City (and Upstate) via Sarene Craft Beer Distributors; New Hampshire and Maine through Vacationland Distributors; in Massachusetts and Rhode Island via Craft Collective; in Michigan via M-4 CIC; and in Virginia and Washington, DC, via Allied Craft Distribution.  Please contact these distributors directly if you are interested in sourcing our products beyond Littleton, NH.

Our Brewery & Taproom

We believe that artisan beer is best enjoyed in community and within a specific sense of place. Our educated staff and unique location—on the banks of the Ammonoosuc River—provide an optimal environment to do just that.  Explore both our brewpub and co-located Store & Tasting Room to understand the full breadth of our mission.

Note: As of May 19, we have reopened our ample outdoor seating spaces in our beer gardens and decks.  Guests may now eat and drink outside during these posted hours.  However, we are still providing beer to-go and curbside pick-up via our mobile ordering platform.  Beer is available for takeaway from our Store, including via gloved and masked curbside service, from 12-8p daily.  Please call us at (603) 575-5146 with any questions.

To order pizza for take-out (including curbside pick-up), please call (603) 444-4800  during our posted Brewpub hours (4-8PM Mon-Thurs, 12-9 Fri-Sat, and 12-8 Sunday).  Again, please call to order.  You are welcome to walk-in for take-out (kindly wear a mask).  However, if you wish the food to be delivered to your vehicle, we ask that you kind pre-pay over the phone and call again once you arrive.  Thank you for your support!

Food to Pair

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We offer rustic, handmade Neopolitan-style pizzas from our wood-fired oven, local meats and cheeses and other plates designed to pair with our beers. Our food is rustic, simple and fresh, emphasizing local sources whenever possible.

Outdoor beer garden and riverfront deck seating are available at both our brewpub and Store & Tasting Room.  A food truck operates at the latter location during the warmer months, and the brewpub offers table service in a weatherproof deck when it’s chilly.

The Schilling Team

Jeffrey B. Cozzens, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Jeffrey B. Cozzens, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Jeff spent the better part of two decades working as an international relations professional prior to co-founding Schilling Beer Co. Despite working in a field that he loved, he could never shake the dream of brewing European-inspired beers together with his family.

Jeff joined forces in 2012 with his best friend, brothers, and dad to extensively research locations for their brewery in Northern NH and VT.  After reviewing over a dozen potential sites, they settled on Littleton as Schilling’s home. With its vibrant Main St, authentic community feel and the unparalleled natural beauty of the White Mountains, the decision was an easy one. There, Jeff and his partners renovated a circa 1797 grist mill on the banks of the Ammonoosuc River, in collaboration with Renaissance Mills Littleton, and Schilling Beer Co. was born.  Jeff’s wife, Monica, designed the brewpub’s interior and is also responsible for the Scandinavian-inspired look of their new (2018) production facility and store.

Beyond Schilling, Jeff is a leading advocate for independent New Hampshire breweries and active in public service.  He serves as President of the New Hampshire Brewers Association (NHBA); as a Governor C. Sununu appointee to the state’s Commission on Demographic Trends; as a Community College System of New Hampshire trustee; and he was selected in 2019 to represent the NHBA on the state’s Commission on Beer, Wine and Liquor Tourism.  He is also active locally with the board of Littleton Main St Inc., a non-profit that exists to promote small business, local charitable initiatives and to perpetuate the success of Littleton’s one-of-a-kind downtown.

Jeff holds undergraduate degrees in political science and religious studies from Wheaton College and Michigan State University (respectively), and an MLitt in international security studies from the University of St Andrews, where he also conducted PhD research (ABD). He is widely published on terrorism and international security matters, including a 2013 co-authored congressional testimony to the US House Armed Services Committee.  He also served as research associate at the University of St Andrews and George Mason University.

When he isn’t enjoying John’s beers, Jeff can be found fly-fishing, hunting or exploring the North Country with his wife and daughters, where they have proudly resided since 2005.

Stuart Cozzens, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Stuart Cozzens, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder

Stuart Cozzens is Schilling’s Chief Operating Officer.  Known to howl at the moon, he has a degree in business from Hope College, and postgraduate degrees in religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and theological ethics from the University of Aberdeen.  Stu enjoys hiking and fishing, cooking mean trout sandwiches on a campfire, and spending time with his wife and children.

John Lenzini, Co-Founder

John Lenzini, Co-Founder

Schilling was founded on John’s vision of German-inspired brewing.  He was in education as a teacher of chemistry, coach, and administrator of nearly 20 years before co-founding Schilling Beer Co. with Jeff, Stu and Matt.  John spent the better half of a decade living in German-speaking Europe and traveling throughout central Europe. Schilling’s beers are influenced significantly by his experiences on the continent.

John is married and is the proud father of two boys. When not overseeing Schilling’s brewery operations, John can be found skiing, fly-fishing, and otherwise enjoying northern New England’s rich landscape. He holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Bruce Cozzens, Co-Founder

Dr. Bruce Cozzens, Co-Founder

Bruce is Schilling Beer Co.’s Chairman. He has long aspired to be in business with all of his sons, and together they decided to make their dreams a reality and opened Schilling Beer Co. in September 2013.

A practicing veterinarian for over 40 years and former President of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Bruce never could persuade his sons to join him in the veterinary field, so he decided he would team with them to establish Schilling Beer Co.

Bruce and his wife Kathy have five grandchildren and multiple pets. Kathy has a background in design and textiles from Michigan State University. Bruce sold his first veterinary hospital in 2007; established a new practice from the ground-up in 2013; then retired to a life of fishing and grandchildren in 2018.

Like his sons, Bruce enjoys fishing and reading, and is also involved in church and community service projects. Bruce attended University of Michigan for undergraduate studies and earned his doctorate from Michigan State University. He looks forward to the future, when he is able to give back to the community of Littleton, which has been so welcoming and supportive of his family’s business, Schilling Beer Co.

Bruce lives with his wife Kathy in Leelanau County, Michigan.

Chris Deapo, Head Brewer & Blender

Chris Deapo, Head Brewer & Blender

Chris comes to us with nearly a decade’s worth of experience in all aspects of production brewing, most recently heading up Phantom Carriage Brewing and Blending in Southern California. We are excited to welcome him on board to oversee our brew staff and to drive our newly established wild and spontaneous program.

Joe Rinaldo, Sales & Logistics Manager

Joe Rinaldo, Sales & Logistics Manager

Joe Rinaldo, formerly of Massachusetts, is now a certified member of the North Country guild. A beard smith and beat-boxer extraordinaire, he comes to us from SingleCut Beersmiths and Cape Cod Beer.  Please speak with him about his mad yodeling skills.

Amy Turner, General Manager

Amy Turner, General Manager

Amy is a Littleton native and a graduate of Plymouth State College who has been with Schilling Beer Co. from the beginning. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, hot wiring cars, kayaking, and hikes with her dogs and husband, Rooks.

Jenn Smith, Prep Manager

Jenn Smith, Prep Manager

Jenn is our prep manager with an ever-present ‘can-do’ attitude that lifts everyone around her.  She’s a whiz with anything from savory to sweet, with no limits between.

AJ Dickerman, Facilities Engineer

AJ Dickerman, Facilities Engineer

AJ is veritable human Swiss Army Knife of expertise–a first-class North Country MacGyver.  The man can literally do anything, including make a 10-year old bear rump roast taste great.

Courtland Hanley, Kitchen Manager

Courtland Hanley, Kitchen Manager

Courtland joined Schilling Beer Co. in the summer of 2016 and has managed the kitchen since the spring of 2017. When not manning the wood fired oven, Courtland enjoys hiking, fishing, and sports.

Our Community

Nestled in the shadow of New Hampshire’s majestic White Mountains, Littleton is the cultural, economic and recreational hub of the North Country. Rated by many travel publications as one of the top ten best small towns in America, this picturesque New England gem offers something for everyone: fine dining and art galleries, unique shops, historic buildings, a covered bridge in the middle of town spanning a trout stream (right next to Schilling Beer Co.), and a vast array of outdoor activities for all seasons and skill levels.

Incorporated in 1784, Littleton soon became a commercial and cultural center for New Hampshire’s North Country. Perched on the banks of the Ammonoosuc and Connecticut rivers, Littleton developed first as a mill town, manufacturing a vast array of goods. Today, with a population around 6,000, it continues to serve as the North Country’s cultural and economic core, offering a bustling, award-winning Main Street, and the progressive feel of a “mountain town”.  Fly-fishing, skiing nearby peaks, and trekking through some of the most serious backcountry on the East Coast merges seamlessly with Littleton’s burgeoning arts and culture scene.

The town’s location in the scenic White Mountains and its mix of small-town charm and modern convenience has earned Littleton numerous accolades, including the first New Hampshire Profile Community Award for conveying the state’s spirit of independence and being named a “Top Ten Dream Town” by Outside magazine.  In 2014 Fodor’s Travel named Littleton as one of America’s “Best Main Streets”.

Schilling Beer Co. is proud to call Littleton home and reflects this sentiment on its labels and most packaging.

News & Events

Catch up on brewery news and events here through our Instagram feed and blog posts.

Contact

Brewpub (dining)

18 Mill Street, Littleton, NH 03561

Phone: (603) 444-4800

Store & Tasting Room (packaged beers & merchandise)

26 Mill St (next door to brewpub)

Phone: (603) 575-5146

All email inquiries here

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